Accommodation

There are a range of accommodation options available to you when you study with us.

We strongly recommend homestay accommodation when you first arrive. Homestay providers are carefully selected by us. A homestay experience is a great way to learn about New Zealand and our culture. You will be provided with a bedroom and you will share evening meals with your host family.

Other accommodation options available include rented accommodation either on your own or sharing with others and student hostel accommodation. A small amount of on-campus accommodation is available for international students who study at our Porirua campus. 

Through our strategic partnership with WelTec, students who study with us in Wellington and Porirua also have access to 222Willis, a safe and secure modern apartment style of student accommodation.

Homestays

Homestays are a great way to learn about New Zealand culture and improve your English. Your family will provide you with a single bedroom, meals and clean bed linen and towels. Living with a new family for the first time can be challenging for students and host families. 

A student homestay bedroom includes basic furniture such as a bed, study table, chair, wardrobe and/or cupboard. Students are entitled to uninterrupted study time in their bedroom. 

Being hosted by a family means becoming part of the family and you are expected to help around the house doing things such as the dishes or helping to prepare a meal. Talk with your host family and ask if you can help. Students are responsible for the tidiness of their room, which includes making their own bed and cleaning up after themselves in other areas of the house.

Communication

Talk to your host family and let them know what you are doing. Talking to everyone over dinner not only helps you to settle, but starts building friendships.

Leaving Your Homestay

You must tell your homestay family two weeks in advance that you wish to leave. Your homestay family must also give you ‘two weeks notice’ if they wish you to leave, so that you can find other accommodation.

Going Away for Holidays

If you are going away for a week or more, you have to pay 50% of the homestay fee. This ensures that you are able to leave everything in your room while you are away.

Problems with Your Homestay

Our homestay providers operate under the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students, which means there are rules around how they take care of you. If you have any questions or concerns about your host family, please let us know as soon as possible.

Homestay guidelines 
  • No smoking inside the house
  • No drugs or alcohol permitted
  • No pets allowed, unless consent is given by the host family
  • If you use the home telephone try to limit calls to 10 minutes per call.
  • Any phone tolls should be noted and reimbursed to the Homestay
  • Most homestays will have internet and broadband connection so a monthly contribution to this cost may also be requested.
  • Students will generally be welcome to allow visitors into their house and this should be discussed with the homestay beforehand.
  • No parties, unless consent is given by the host family
  • Students should be prepared to make their own breakfast and lunch with food provided by host family. Evening meals will be generally shared or alternative arrangements discussed. 
  • Transport - Student is responsible for own transport unless by arrangement with host family.

If you are interested in Homestay accommodation please contact the International Enrolments teams:

Auckland: Homestay Co-ordinator, Rossana Reyes,+64 9 379 4666 ext.9710,
auckland@whitireia.ac.nz

Wellington region: international@whitireia.ac.nz

Flatting (renting) by yourself

Flatting is a popular way that students in New Zealand live, where students share an apartment or house (‘flat’) and household expenses. Flatting is usually cheaper than living in student accommodation or hostels, although flatting has other challenges.

Flatting may be a good option for second year students, older students, and those who are familiar with living in New Zealand.

If you decide to live in a flat, it is likely that you will have to provide your own furniture and pay for your share of the expenses (electricity, water, gas, phone/internet). In some flats you will share groceries and cooking, while in others you will buy groceries and cook meals individually. Remember to talk about bills with your flatmates and agree who will organise household expenses.

Rental prices can vary greatly according to location, type of accommodation, and number of others living there. Demand for flats will peak at the start of each semester, so try and beat the rush and get in early. Also remember to consider the cost of transport in looking for a flat – check out the relevant websites for information on train, bus and ferry prices.

Living with others in any situation will always have challenges, so remember to choose flats carefully and do not rush into any flatting agreement. Make sure your new flatmates are people you can live with during the semester or year.

The New Zealand Tenancy Service can provide useful information on renting, designed for people who need to know the basics about renting for the first time. To view further information about renting, go to the New Zealand Tenancy Service web site.

Hostels and other accommodation

New Zealand has many independently run hostels and other student accommodation. Hostels provide your own bedroom but generally you have to share a bathroom.

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