Accommodation options

Like any city, there are many different types of student accommodation options to choose from.


Some international students who are freshly arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand prefer a homestay option, where you live with a local family. This is a good way to learn more about the local culture and get extra support.


Many students opt for campus hostels or halls of residence, which tertiary institutions run for their students. There are also privately run multi-share residences. These options are a great way to get to know people and make new friends.

If it’s your first time living away from home, this is an excellent way to learn how to be independent. You’ll have your own bedroom in most places but will share bathrooms, kitchens and recreation areas. In some halls of residence, meals are also provided.

Flat Share

If you’ve been here a while, you may want to go ‘flatting’ with a group of others. Flatting allows you to share a private home and expenses with others. 

You can find out more about the onsite accommodation options for each institution on their websites.

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Accommodation tip

Please remember to organise your student accommodation before you arrive in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is especially important if you’re considering choosing a student accommodation option with your education provider, as places fill up fast.

student accommodation Toi Ohomai

Toi Ohomai

Toi Ohomai Institution of Technology have staff available to assist you in finding accommodation options to suit your needs.

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University of Waikato

The University of Waikato provide a range of different accommodation options for students studying in Hamilton and in Tauranga.

student accommodation wintec


Find your home away from home with Wintec’s range of on-site accommodation options based in Hamilton.

More Information

Find out more information about the different types of accommodation available to international students on the NauMaiNZ website.