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Flatting & Homestay

Accommodation options

If the Halls of Residence aren’t for you, there are plenty of alternative accommodation options within a short distance of our Hamilton campus.

Flatting

Flatting is when you share accommodation with other students in a private house located off campus.

The cost of flatting per week for each person (based on recent figures with 2-4 flatmates) is between NZ$100-$140 for a room, plus food and utilities.

Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for flats or available rooms. We recommend you arrive 1-2 weeks before semester starts in order to find suitable accommodation.

You can find houses and flats for rent on Student Flat and TradeMe.

Renting

There are many rental properties available in Hamilton. You can rent a house in a nearby residential suburb for you and your family for between approximately NZ$300-$450 a week for a three bedroom home, less utilities and food. Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for houses available for rent.

Homestay

Homestay (living with a local family in a private home) is compulsory for international students under the age of 18 years. You will be provided your own room and most meals are provided by the homestay family. You are expected to keep your room clean and tidy, and help with other household duties. Homestays are located within 30 minutes travel time from the University campus.

The cost of homestay accommodation is NZ $259 a week, inclusive of food, power and laundry, but exclusive of phone, internet and transport costs. A non-refundable application fee of NZ $300 and the first four weeks of homestay fees (NZ $1,036) must be paid before a homestay placement can be made.

Our accommodation team can help you find homestay accommodation in Hamilton. Contact them at homestay@waikato.ac.nz.

Living with family or friends

If you're from Hamilton, or have family or friends in the area you may wish to live with them, which is a great way to save money.

Bond

A bond is an initial payment required for security by landlords when offering their premises for rental. Bonds are refundable at the end of the tenancy if accounts are paid in full and the flat or house is well maintained.

Landlords can request a sum of money as a bond equivalent to 1-4 weeks' rent. Extra fees that can be added to the bond payment include 2 weeks' rent in advance and/or a Real Estate Agent's fee which is usually equivalent to 1 week's rent.

In New Zealand, the bond is not held by the landlord, but is deposited in trust with the Department of Building and Housing

More information about renting, including signing tenancy agreements and paying a bond, can be found at Tenancy Services New Zealand.

Costs

Hamilton and Tauranga each have a very affordable cost of living. Find out everything you need to know.

Contacts

Accommodation Services
Gate 2, Knighton Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton
Phone: +64 7 838 4084
Email: accom@waikato.ac.nz