A wide range of hotels are available for temporary stays upon
arrival in New Zealand. A New Zealand hotel is defined as having
inside access, private rooms, and daily cleaning service. It is
always best to make reservations in advance, and during the peak
tourist season, it is essential. Finding a reasonable place to stay
without a reservation can be challenging if not impossible.
Although most reservations can be made with a week's notice, be
sure to check ahead for any major festivals or events as it will be
more difficult to reserve rooms during these times.
Another temporary accommodation option is the bed-and-breakfast.
Rooms are located in private homes or locally-run establishments,
and the cost includes your won room and a generous breakfast. Many
rooms do not have private toilets and baths. Bed-and-breakfast
accommodation comes in a variety of forms; it can be in a heritage
home, modern townhouse, rural farmhouse, or seaside home. Most
establishments are registered with a professional association, and
are a great way to meet local people.
Accommodation - Long Term
1. Institution Provided
Many New Zealand families welcome international
students. This may be an effective way for you to improve your
English, learn about daily life in New Zealand, and meet new,
friendly people. Homestays also offer a more stable and secure
environment for younger people coming to study in New Zealand.
Typically, a Homestay consists of a New Zealand family hosting a
student in their home while the student attends classes in New
Zealand. Meals and a private furnished room are provided in the
home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in
family and community activities.
Homestays are arranged by the school and students are matched
with families who share similar interests. Amenities and location
vary from home to home, but preferences can and should be indicated
to the school so that a suitable match may be found. Many schools
can arrange for a school representative or Homestay family to meet
you at the airport when you arrive.
Prices will vary according to location, and some Homestay
services will charge an initial placement fee of up to $150 NZD.
Average cost of Homestay accommodation: $1000 - $1300NZD per
2. Off-Campus Housing: Renting
Renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and
availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major
cities, andplaces are not always available. Many students share
accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet
their needsand preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus
housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are
near the campus.At this service centre, those seeking shared
accommodations can also find roommates. Once on campus, you will
often find a varietyof postings throughout the campus advertising
nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before
coming to New Zealand.