Halls of Residence/Student Hostels
These are usually located on the campus or nearby, with single or twin rooms. Bed linen and cleaning facilities are provided. Meals are eaten in a communal dining hall, with special dietary needs catered to. A warden lives on site, and social and cultural activities are organized for residents. Hostels usually have computer laboratories and recreation rooms. Some institutions provide “self-catering” hostels where 6-8 students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and living room.
Cost: approximately $200 per week.
Some cities have self-catering private or independent hostels. Cost of furnished room, shared kitchen and lounge facilities is $90 – $130 per week, plus utilities (power, water, etc.)
Home stay/Private Board
This is a room of your own in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. Your host family provides meals. Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbors and friends is an excellent way to improve your English. The host family helps you make phone calls, read bus timetables, find a doctor and so on. But home stay is not like living in a hotel. Some “give and take” is expected, as you become part of the family.
Cost: approximately $180 per week, plus one-time administration fee of about $150.
If you are studying a three-year course, you are allowed to work during the summer holidays and up to 15 hours per week during the academic year. You will need a ”variation of conditions” to your student permit. This is issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service. A fee may be charged.
These rules do not apply if you are a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfill course requirements.