Flatting and private rental
If you have a family or prefer to live alone, renting a house or apartment is a great option. There are many rental properties available in Hamilton and Tauranga.
In New Zealand, rent is advertised as a weekly price. The costs of rental properties vary throughout New Zealand, depending on the location, size and quality of the property.
Advance rent and 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
Rental property search
You can search online for flats/houses to rent or available rooms to rent in Hamilton and Tauranga. We recommend you arrive 1-2 weeks before the semester starts in order to find suitable accommodation and to settle in!
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Flat-sharing or 'Flatting'
Flat-sharing or '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, excluding food and utilities.
Further information on flatting can be found on Tenancy Services NZ.
Cost of living
You will need to have sufficient money to cover your accommodation and living costs in addition to your tuition fees. Hamilton City is regarded as an affordable place to live compared to other New Zealand cities. This means that you have more spending money for social and leisure activities.
Further information and a cost of living in New Zealand calculator can be found online at New Zealand Immigration
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