If the Halls of Residence aren’t for you there are plenty of alternative accommodation options within a short distance of our Hamilton campus. There are also many different options for students in Tauranga.
Our Hamilton campus is located between the suburbs of Hillcrest and Silverdale. Both of these suburbs have plenty of affordable houses, studio apartments and flats available for rent. Most are less than 15 minutes’ walk from campus. If you have a bike, the following suburbs are only a 15 minute bike ride from campus; Claudelands, Fairview Downs, Hamilton East and Peachgrove.
Homestay accommodation is when an international student lives with a local family in their home while they are studying. Students will have their own room and meals are provided. You are expected to keep your room clean and tidy, and help with other household duties. Our accommodation team can help you find homestay accommodation in Hamilton. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
As we share our Tauranga campuses with Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic there can be limited accommodation spaces available for University students. However, there are plenty of other options.
Accommodation near campus
Olivine Street and Windermere Drive have affordable student accommodation five minutes from the Windermere campus.
Flats and houses
There are plenty of flats and houses around Tauranga city available for students studying at the Windermere or Bongard campuses. You can find houses and flats for rent on TradeMe, or through local real estate agents.
Living with family and friends
If you're from Tauranga, or have family or friends in the area you may wish to live with them. For more information about living in Tauranga, students can also turn to our Tauranga Prospectus.
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.
Hamilton and Tauranga each have a very affordable cost of living. Find out everything you need to know.
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