A group of students renting a house together is called ‘flatting’ in New Zealand. Flatting is a good cost-effective option for experienced, independent students. 

You and your flatmates will have to source your own furniture, pay the power, water, and internet bills, do your own grocery shopping, cooking, laundry and cleaning so we recommend flatting for responsible students only with good English and living skills, e.g. cooking, cleaning, budgeting.

The cost of flatting varies depending on your desired standard of housing, location and the number of students living together. Usually a refundable bond also needs to be paid.

It can take some time to find the right flat and flatmates you get on with so it’s best to book temporary accommodation for when you first arrive.


Local rental properties

2-4 bedroom suburban homes listed by real estate agents on the open market


From $350/week + bond

1 tenant per bedroom only except in master bedroom

Fixed term lease applies

NZ rental history and proof of income usually required


2-4 bedroom houses

Unfurnished suburban homes normally.

Stove provided, usually no other appliances supplied


Not included

Keep your living costs down by doing your own cooking

Walk to local takeaway and shops


Not Included

Some homes with garaging and off-street parking

Bus/walk to campus/town


Not included

Internet at tenants’ expense, to be connected by tenants

Normally ultra-fast internet ready via fibre optics


Not included

Electricity at tenants’ expense, to be (re)connected by tenants


Not included

Water at tenants expense

Washing machine and dryer not installed


Not included

Tenants responsible for all cleaning

Maintenance/lawn normally landlord/lady responsibility


Not permitted

No smoking inside, most rentals don’t allow outside smoking either


Not permitted

No pets allowed. Some rentals allow some pets by special arrangement only



Mostly fenced, locked entrances, secure windows.


Independent students over 18 years

Recommended for very mature students with strong English and living skills, e.g. cooking, budgeting.

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Accommodation Coordinator
Accommodation Coordinator

The Accommodation Coordinator can help you with information and advice on the different accommodation options available.

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