Applying for a hall

How to apply to live in a hall of residence, and the application process for new and returning residents.

Applications are now open for accommodation for 2020.

New applicants

Apply for a hall of residence. You don't need to fill in the whole form at once—you can save your progress and come back to it.

If your application is incomplete after 1 October, it won't be submitted. Your application can only be processed if it's complete and we've received all the required documentation.

Apply only once. Multiple applications from the same person will cause delays. Some students are entitled to a guaranteed offer of a place in one of our halls.

Returning applicants

If you have lived in a hall during the academic year or applied with us previously, you can resubmit your application. Visit the applications page and enter your username (email) and password, then apply for the 2018 term.

If you have forgotten your password, use the Reset Password button.

The form will preload your existing responses, so applying should only take 5–10 minutes.

Call our office if you are unsure whether you have applied before, or if you need advice before applying.

Do not register more than once as this will cause delays.

How we choose residents

Heads of Hall choose applicants according to the University's guaranteed offer and equity criteria. They work towards creating a diverse hall community by considering gender balance, cultural diversity, degree type and geographical representation.

We can't guarantee you'll get exactly what you want—eg. your first choice hall or a single room. We do, however, take your requests into account when we make our decisions, so spend time on your application and read our application advice.

NZ applicants under 20

If you are under 20, have attended a New Zealand based school, and are attending university for the first time in 2020, someone must fill out and submit a Common Confidential Reference Form.

You can fill out an online request form at the end of our application or you can ask your school for help.

Late applications and offers

We do accept late applications, but they won't be considered in our first selection round. Read more about late offers.

One trimester stays

Tenancy contracts for halls of residence usually span the academic year, beginning at the start of Trimester one (February) and finishing at the end of Trimester two (November). You can arrange for a shorter stay in some circumstances.

Trimester one

If you will finish your studies in Trimester one (February to June) you can apply to stay in a hall for a shorter time. Apply between 1 August and 1 October.

You'll be charged an extra 10 percent on top of your accommodation fees to cover the cost of finding someone to take your room when you leave.

Trimester two

Some halls will have vacancies for Trimester two (July to November). You can apply between 1 April and 1 May.

Visit the Trimester two vacancies page for accommodation from July–November.

Trimester three and summer

Some halls offer summer accommodation for Trimester Three (November to February).

Visit the summer and conferences page for more information.

Current and prospective students are welcome to apply. Getting a place for Trimester three doesn't guarantee you a place for the next academic year.