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After the first few months, long-term, independent students sometime prefer to live with local families as private boarders rather than homestays students. To keep costs down, they only pay the rent of a fully-furnished room inclusive of power/ water/ internet use and usually take care of all their own meals and transport.
Private board is also a lot easier to set up than flatting as you don’t have to worry about buying your own furniture/appliances and dealing with local service providers of electricity, water, internet, etc.
The NorthTec International Accommodation Coordinator can help you with information on currently available providers, but ultimately you will be responsible for negotiating and making the weekly payments directly to your landlady/lord, or for managing any issues that may arise.
Some Indian hosts available
Rent a room from a local landlord/lady for support, English practice, extra security and help with any emergencies.
Some Indian local families/students offer rooms for board.
Amount of actual weekly rent depends on location, home.
Meals normally not provided.
Fully furnished rooms, facilities shared with host(s).
Share a bedroom with a friend to keep living costs down.
Keep your living costs down by doing your own cooking.
Sometimes main meals can be provided for extra charge.
Most private board is within walking distance to campus, town
$20/month extra sometimes for unlimited WiFi internet.
Sometimes some data is built into weekly board payment
Electricity and water included
Private boarders usually wash their own clothes
Boarders to clean their own room and keep kitchen and bathroom tidy; shared facilities cleaned by landlord/lady
Most homes are non-smoking, some allow outside smoking only
Most homes have one or two dogs or cats
Pets can live inside or outside and are family members
Owner in residence, sections normally fully fenced, locked entry, secure windows, some internal locks
Recommended for mature students with good English and some independent living skills, e.g. cooking, budgeting.
Contact the Accommodation Coordinator for a list of currently available private board, then negotiate own rent.
The Accommodation Coordinator can help you with information and advice on the different accommodation options available.
NorthTec International is committed to providing a quality accommodation service so it employs a full-time staff member as Accommodation Coordinator.
The Accommodation Coordinator can help you with:
Information and advice on the different accommodation options
Homestay placements with ongoing monitoring and support
Private board, apartment, hostel or rental referrals
Information on hosting requirements
Advice on settling in new international students
Emese [Emma-sha] Tornai
C320 International Office
Monday to Friday 8.30-4pm
+64 9 470 3605
+64 27 558 4562
+64 9 470 3632