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Applying for accommodation

Applications for accommodation open on 1 August each year. We recommend applying in advance to ensure a smooth application process

Apply for Halls of Residence

All applications for the Hamilton Halls of Residence are made online. You can apply for accommodation even if you don’t know whether you have gained admission to the University. There is no application fee.

Key application dates


New Zealand citizens and permanent residents

Apply online

Please complete the online application form by the specified date to be considered for placement.


New international students

Apply online

Please complete the online application form by the specified date.

  • Fill out the Arrival Form - see accepting your offer below.

Returning students

Apply online

Please complete the online application form by the specified date. Placement priority will be given to students enrolling for the full academic year (March – November).


Apply for Tauranga apartment accommodation

The University of Waikato manages two accommodation complexes in Tauranga, Durham Mews Apartments and Mayfair Court Apartments. Applications are made online.

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If you need help or advice with your accommodation options in the Bay of Plenty region, please contact our Tauranga Accommodation Coordinator Iris Beemster -  iris.beemster@waikato.ac.nz

Read our Operational Rules for Tauranga accommodation.

Apply for Homestay accommodation

Homestay accommodation is compulsory for international students under 18 years at the time they plan to start their studies.

How to apply

  1. Complete and return the Off-Campus Accommodation Form by the specified date
  2. Ensure the accommodation fees are received by the university
  3. Fill out the Arrival Form to let us know when you are arriving in New Zealand and whether you would like to be collected from the airport. We will need to receive the arrival form at least four days before you arrive in New Zealand.

Living with a designated caregiver

Students aged Under 18 years wishing to live with a ‘Designated Caregiver’ (family member or close family friend) located in Hamilton will need to ask their parent/guardian to complete the Indemnity Section of the Off-Campus Accommodation Form.


Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice

Under the Ministry of Education Code of Practice, the University is required to visit the home to determine that a safe physical and emotional environment will be provided that meets the requirements of the Code.


Please note: If the University of Waikato deems the accommodation to be unsuitable, the University retains the right to refuse enrolment to the student until suitable replacement accommodation can be found.  A non-refundable fee is payable for this assessment.

Other off-campus accommodation

International students who do not require on-campus accommodation or homestay accommodation are still required to let the university know of their accommodation arrangements while they study in New Zealand.

How to apply

  • Complete Off-Campus Application Form – to be received three weeks before arriving in New Zealand
    • Homestay - complete all pages
    • Flatting/private board or have arranged your own accommodation - complete page 1 only
    • Couples/families who require temporary accommodation or have arranged your own accommodation - complete page 1 only.
  • Fill out the Arrival Form to let us know when you are arriving in New Zealand and whether you would like to be collected from the airport. We will need to receive the arrival form at least four days before you arrive in New Zealand.

Please note: Under the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, if you are under 18 years old, you are required to stay in an approved Homestay or with a Designated Caregiver approved by the University of Waikato.

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