Accommodation

New Zealand Scholarship Programme students must organise accommodation in Wellington before leaving home.

Your accommodation options depend on your age, level of study and circumstances. If you’re under 18 when you first enrol, you must contact your International Student Office (ISO) adviser at Victoria International and let them know.

Undergraduate students (18-20 years)

In 2016, undergraduate New Zealand New Zealand Scholarship Programme Scholarship students are likely to be placed at Weir House, a University Hall of Residence. Weir House is a fully catered hall—you won’t need to buy or prepare your own meals.

Apply for your accommodation as early as possible—late applicants may not be placed together with other scholarship students.

How to apply

  1. Go to the accommodation service website.
  2. Select ‘Apply Now’ in the top middle of the home page.
  3. Follow the application instructions and answer the questions as accurately as possible.

It’s very important to describe the type of person you are, your interests, and your living habits (eg. ‘night person’, ‘quiet person’) so that the Accommodation Service can try to house you with similar students.

Compulsory information

To ensure you’re placed in the correct accommodation and not charged the $75 application fee, you’ll need to complete the following questions exactly as shown below:

  • Citizenship/Residency Status—select ‘International Student’
  • Are you coming to New Zealand on an Exchange, Study Abroad or Partnership Programme?—select ‘Yes’
  • If Yes, which Programme?—select ‘New Zealand Scholarship Programme’

The accommodation application system gets confused if you don’t list three Halls of Residence. Even though you’ll most likely be placed at Weir House, to keep the online system happy, you need to select these three Halls of Residence:

  • Preference 1: Weir House
  • Preference 2: Te Puni
  • Preference 3: Joan Stevens

Once you’ve submitted your online application form, wait until the Accommodation Service contacts you by email to confirm your room at Weir House.

Temporary accommodation when you arrive

New Zealand Scholarship Programme students arrive in Wellington earlier than other students to attend a compulsory two-week academic preparation course called the Pre-Start Programme.

This means that your accommodation at Weir House is often not ready for you when you arrive, and you may be placed in temporary accommodation until your long-term room is available. Your temporary room will normally be at a University Hall of Residence or in backpacker accommodation. Your ISO adviser will arrange this room for you and keep you informed about this process, so you know where to go when you arrive at the airport.

If you have any concerns about any part of the Accommodation process, contact your ISO adviser.

Postgraduate and mature students (21+ years)

Postgraduate and mature New Zealand Scholarship students have two accommodation options:

  • University accommodation
  • private accommodation.

If you’re bringing your family to New Zealand, you must organise private accommodation.

University accommodation

If you choose to live in University accommodation, you can apply to:

Both these University Halls of Residence are self-catered, which means you will need to buy and prepare your own food. They are the most affordable and convenient options for you.

How to apply

  1. Go to the accommodation service website.
  2. Select ‘Apply Now’ in the top middle of the home page.
  3. Follow the application instructions and answer the questions as accurately as possible.

It’s very important to describe the type of person you are, your interests, and your living habits (eg. ‘night person’, ‘quiet person’) so that the Accommodation Service can try to house you with similar students.

Compulsory information

To ensure you’re placed in the correct accommodation and not charged the $75 application fee, you’ll need to complete the following questions exactly as shown below:

  • Citizenship/Residency Status—select ‘International Student’
  • Are you coming to New Zealand on an Exchange, Study Abroad or Partnership Programme?—select ‘Yes’
  • If Yes, which Programme?—select ‘New Zealand Scholarship Programme'

The accommodation application system gets confused if you don’t list three Halls of Residence. To keep the online system happy, you need to select these three Halls of Residence:

  • Preference 1: the hall closest to your campus (Stafford House for Pipitea Campus, or Te Kotahinga for Kelburn Campus)
  • Preference 2: Te Kotahinga or Stafford House (whichever you did not list as first preference)
  • Preference 3: Wai-te-ata

Once you’ve submitted your online application form, wait until the Accommodation Service contacts you by email to confirm your room.

Temporary accommodation when you arrive

New Zealand Scholarship Programme students arrive in Wellington earlier than other students to attend a compulsory two-week academic preparation course called the Pre-Start Programme.

This means that your accommodation at Weir House is often not ready for you when you arrive, and you may be placed in temporary accommodation until your long-term room is available. Your temporary room will normally be at a University Hall of Residence or in backpacker accommodation. Your ISO adviser will arrange this room for you and keep you informed about this process, so you know where to go when you arrive at the airport.

If you have any concerns about any part of the Accommodation process, contact your ISO adviser.

Private accommodation

If you choose to live in accommodation outside of the University—a room in a rented house or apartment, alone or with other people—you will need to look for a room or a house on the private market.

Finding accommodation

It’s very difficult to organise private accommodation before you arrive in New Zealand—we strongly recommend you visit a house in person before signing on to live in it. It can take a few weeks to find somewhere, so you’ll need to stay in temporary accommodation when you first arrive.

We suggest you arrive one or two weeks before the Pre-Start Programme to give yourself time to look at houses (you won’t be allowed to miss the Pre-Start Programme to find a house). Contact your ISO adviser if you plan to stay in private accommodation so they can arrange a temporary room for you and give you important advice.

Visit the Accommodation Service website for details on when and where to look for private accommodation.

A flat is a New Zealand word for a house that is shared by multiple people. The other people living there are called your flatmates.

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