When studying in New Zealand you will need to have somewhere to live. There are four main options available when it comes to accommodation during your studies. These are halls of residence, private boarding, homestay, or independent accommodation.
When picking which option you would like to go with you need to keep your budget in mind. Think about how much are going to spend on things like meals, transport, utility fees and what you can spend on your rental bond. You will also need to take distance from campus and other amenities you might need.
Halls of residence
Halls of residence are usually just a short walk away from the campus or university facilities. They are usually fully furnished single or twin-share rooms with a shared dining hall, lounge and laundry. There are a number of institutions in New Zealand that provide private hostels for student accommodation that are run in the same sort of way, some even have some self-contained apartments. One of the main advantages of living in halls of residence is that you will be surrounded by other students and can easily make friends and form new connections.
In a homestay you will live with a New Zealand family in their home. You normally will get your own furnished room. They will provide you with meals and help you get settled into your life in New Zealand. A particular advantage of living in a homestay is that you will immediately bond with your family and it can help you develop your English skills and allow you to get a good idea New Zealand culture and way of life.
Flatting is independent accommodation. Flats range from one-bedroom apartments to four- or five-bedroom homes. They are available in towns, close to campuses or even further out if you want a more rural living space. Most flats will comes fully furnished with things like a dishwasher and washing machine included, but there are some options of no furnishings. You can either get a flat by yourself or do a flat share with people you know or strangers. Often students get flat shares with other students in order to split the cost of bills etc. There are sites available where you can meet other students that want to go in a flat share.