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Halls of Residence

A room in the halls is so much more than a place to live; it comes with a built-in social life, full support and endless opportunities

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Three of our halls have both fully catered and self-catered options, while Orchard Park is solely self-catered. We only have on-campus accommodation in Hamilton.

If you're studying at our Tauranga campus, check out your accommodation options.

Bryant Hall

Bryant Hall is our smallest hall, creating a tight-knit community of residents and staff who all look out for each other and are focused on balancing study and the student lifestyle.

We’re proud of our rich history of providing a fun and focused university experience to all of our 178 fully catered residents and 20 self-catered residents.


Kaupapa Māori floor

Our kaupapa Māori floor, Nga Tokoroa-aTaingahue was the first kaupapa Māori floor in New Zealand and has housed many great students over the past 26 years.


Pasifika floor

Bryant Hall is also home to a Pasifika floor where many Pasifika students choose to reside in a culturally supportive academic environment.


Hall facilities

  • Internet - free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • TV room with Sky
  • Computer room
  • Games room
  • Leisure centre
  • Bike and motorbike sheds
  • Parking - permits can be purchased for $60 a semester. Casual parking is $2 a day.
  • Laundry - coin-operated laundry machines, irons and ironing boards available.
  • Communal phone - for local calls

Nearby campus facilities

  • UniRec
  • Village Green
  • Student Centre
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

What does it cost?

Fully-catered
Number of rooms178
Number of blocks3
Cost per week $322
Total cost for 37 weeks $11,914
Self-catered
Number of rooms20
Number of cottages4
Cost per week $170
Total cost for 37 weeks $6,290

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College Hall

College Hall is the largest hall and focuses on providing an energetic environment that supports aspirational students in their academic and sporting pursuits.

The hall has recently been refurbished and has modern lounges on each floor for study and leisure, and a TV projector room for the ultimate sports or movie experience.


Hall facilities

  • Internet - free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • TV rooms
  • Leisure centre
  • Computer room
  • Library
  • Laundry - coin-operated machines, irons and ironing boards available.
  • Bike and storage sheds
  • Parking - permits can be purchased for $60 a semester. Casual parking is $2 a day
  • Communal phone for local calls

Nearby campus facilities

  • University swimming pool
  • Tennis and netball courts
  • Waikato Management School
  • Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
  • Te Piringa – Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance

What does it cost?

Fully-catered
Number of rooms267
Number of blocks3
Cost per week $365
Total cost for 37 weeks $13,505
Self-catered
Number of rooms27
Number of flats4
Cost per week $185
Total cost for 37 weeks $6,845

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Student Village

Student Village is the second largest of our halls, and is unique in that students live in pods of six residents rather than being spread across blocks of 50 – 60 students.

Each pod shares bathroom and kitchenette facilities, and the close living environment creates tight-knit communities with a strong sense of family.


Residents at Student Village come from all over the world, giving you the chance to meet lots of new people and experience different cultures.

There are 252 fully catered rooms spread across 10 blocks and 42 self-catered rooms. The hall is next to UniRec, our University gym, and the Academy of Performing Arts. Main lecture theatres are only a short walk away.


Hall facilities

  • Internet - free Wi-Fi available in all rooms
  • TV rooms
  • Computer room
  • Leisure centre
  • Library
  • Laundry - coin-operated machines, irons and ironing boards are available
  • Bike and motorbike sheds
  • Parking - permits can be purchased for $60 a semester. Casual parking is $2 day.

Nearby campus facilities

  • UniRec
  • Village Green
  • Student Centre
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

What does it cost?

Fully-catered
Number of rooms252
Number of blocks10
Cost per week $322
Total cost for 37 weeks $11,914
Self-catered
Number of rooms42        
Number of flats8
Cost per week $185
Total cost for 37 weeks $6,845

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Orchard Park

Orchard Park is designed for students who want to live in a flatting situation, have a good balance between meeting new people and having independence, and enjoy the security and support of being on campus.


All rooms at Orchard Park are self-catered, with space for 110 residents. The hall is popular with second, third and fourth-year students, international students, and those studying at postgraduate level. This creates a supportive community of students who are keen to get stuck into their studies and build lasting memories with new friends along the way.

Each cottage has its own living, dining and kitchen areas, and there is a recreation room with a pool table, table tennis table and TV. Orchard Park is close to Waikato Management School and Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, while still providing a private and relaxed living environment.


Halls facilities

  • Internet - free Wi-Fi available in all cottages
  • TV room with Sky
  • Computer room
  • Games room
  • BBQ area
  • Recreation room with full kitchen facilities
  • Laundry - coin-operated machines, irons and ironing boards available
  • Duvet, blanket and pillow provided. Extra $250 per year (including laundry costs) for sheets, pillowcases and towels (if required)
  • Parking permits are available for $60 a semester

Nearby campus facilities

  • Waikato Management School
  • Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

How much does it cost?

Orchard Park Cottages
Number of rooms110
Number of cottages26
Number of people per cottages23 four-bedroom and 3 six-bedroom
Cost per week $170
Total cost for 37 weeks $6,290
Orchard Park Studio - Postgraduate students only
Number of studio rooms40  
Number of cottages8
Cost per week $225
Total cost for 37 weeks $8,325

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Halls of Residence - FAQ's

For most students, living in the Halls of Residence will be a new experience and the first time living away from home. Here are some questions new students often ask:


How big are the rooms and what is in them?

The rooms are single study bedrooms with a single bed, mattress, mattress protector, chair, desk, desk light, bookcase, drawers and a wardrobe. All rooms have curtains, are fully carpeted and centrally heated.

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What is a linen pack?

Students can either bring their own bedding and towels or they can purchase a linen pack.  This is theirs to keep.  A linen pack consists of a pillow, duvet inner, duvet cover, sheet set and x2 towels.

Each hall has a laundry with coin-operated washing machines and dryers.

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Is internet available in my room?

Yes. Free wireless internet is available in all hall blocks and across the university.

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What are the payment options for the halls?

You have three options - weekly by direct debit, monthly by direct debit or credit card, or in full.

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When does the payment come out of my bank account?

If you are paying weekly, payments are every Thursday (evening). If you are paying monthly, payments are due on the second of each month. Please note that any money from StudyLink will be paid directly into your bank account, not paid directly to the hall.

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Are meals provided?

The meal plan provides three meals a day. Hot vegetarian and meat options are available at lunch and dinner. You can also pack your lunch for the day, and book a late meal. Please note that if you don't have a meal in the dining room you still have to pay.

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What happens at hall orientation?

Each hall runs an orientation programme that begins on arrival day. The programme covers workshops run by your Residential Assistant, workshops for all residents run by the Hall Residential Life Manager, and workshops that include all hall residents and other first-year students run by Waikato's Student Services staff.

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Can I stay for half a year or is it for a full year only?

If you are starting your studies in A Semester (February/March) you will be required to sign a contract committing you to stay in the hall for a full academic year - that is, until November of that year. If you are starting your studies in B Semester (July) you will be required to stay until November of that year. Preference is given to students enrolling for a full academic year (February - November).

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When can I move in?

You will be advised of your arrival date and times in January. If you wish to arrive earlier than the specified date, you would need to contact the Hall office, however, you will be charged for the additional nights.

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Do I have to move out during the semester holidays?

No. The room is booked for the entire academic year.

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When will I find out what room I am in?

You will not find out your actual room until you arrive.

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Who is an 'RA'?

RA stands for Residential Assistant. They're trained senior students who live and work in the halls. It's their jobs to supervise and support students, give advice and plan fun things for the residents to do.

Each hall has a Residential Life Manager who is assisted by a team of RAs to ensure the smooth running of the hall. The RAs are students too so they know the kinds of issues you’re likely to have and can help you figure them out. Staff are rostered on duty every day, including evenings and weekends.

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Who cleans my room?

It is your responsibility to keep your room in a clean and tidy condition. In fully catered halls, the housekeeper will clean and maintain bathrooms, hallways, lounges and common areas, and will vacuum each room on a regular basis.

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Can I have people over to stay?

Residents' guests are allowed to stay in the hall at the discretion of the Residential Life Manager for up to four nights in total per academic year. A fee may be charged to the hall resident. Overnight guests must be registered with the Duty RA by 10 pm.

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What electrical equipment am I allowed to bring into my room?

Residents may have laptops, TVs, gaming equipment, stereos, alarm clocks, computers, hair straighteners and hair dryers in their rooms. If you bring your own computer we recommend you use a surge protector. Electric blankets are permitted, provided they have a current safety certificate issued by a qualified electrician within the last six months.

Residents are not permitted to use heaters, irons, toasters, grills, microwaves, fridges, cooking appliances, or any other electrical appliance (apart from those listed above) in their rooms.

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How do I cancel my place?

You need to notify the Accommodation Office in writing (email: accom@waikato.ac.nz) along with a reason why.

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Will I get a refund?

You are entitled to a refund of your $400.00 bond providing you notify us in writing with the reason why; by a specified date in January.

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Costs and payment options

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Application process

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Contact the Accommodation Office

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