Accommodation Options & Costs

Facility Hall of Residence Inside Room

There are several accommodation options for students while they study at one of our campuses. Our Accommodation and Cost Guide provides information about the costs associated with studying and living in Rotorua for one year.


Tangatarua Hall of Residence is located next to Mokoia Campus. Situated in a park-like setting with mature landscaping and open spaces, the hall offers students affordable housing within walking distance to your courses on Mokoia Campus. The hall is open to all students and offers an ideal alternative to commuting from other areas.

Some of the facilities and services include:

  • communal kitchen and dining areas
  • full-time residential manager to ensure your security and safety
  • broadband internet available in your room
  • table tennis
  • pool table and games, and
  • free on-site parking

Rates and room agreement

Rules and regulations

Make an application

Tangatarua Hall of Residence Application Form


The homestay option is especially recommended for students studying English. This will provide you with an opportunity to practice your English in a real world situation. Living in a family environment will also aid your adjustment to life in New Zealand.

We encourage you to commit to at least one month with your host family, which will allow you time to adapt to each other.

The weekly homestay fee of NZ$195 includes your own room, most meals, and power and laundry. It may also include internet access.

Waiariki House

Waiariki House is a privately-owned hostel independent from our institute. Waiariki House provides quality accommodation at reasonable rates. Located in the heart of Rotorua city, the hostel is a short bus ride to our Rotorua campus.

Flatting (sharing a house)

In New Zealand the word flatting means to rent a house with others (flatmates). This can be with students, friends or strangers. You and your flatmates will be responsible for securing your own furniture, sharing the cost of power, water, telephone and other bills. Cooking your own meals, doing your own laundry and maintaining the rental agreement are some of the other responsibilities you will have to undertake.

Approximate costs in New Zealand dollars to rent a three-person flat

Item Monthly (per flat) Each person (per month)
Rent $1,300 $433
Power  $170 $57
Telephone (non-mobile) $40


Gas heating $80 $27
Food $750 $250
Totals $2,340 $780**

*Toll calls not included
**This equates to approximately NZ$195 per person per week.

It can take some time to find a flat to rent. You may need to stay in temporary accommodation for the first two to four weeks after arriving in New Zealand. The hall of residence, a homestay or the hostel might be your best option while you search for a flat.

Flat bond (key money)

A bond is an initial payment required for security by landlords offering their premises for rental. Typically landlords require payment of two weeks rental fees for the bond and two weeks rental fees before you move in. The bond is held by the Department of Building and Housing. When you move out of the flat the bond will be refunded to you by this organisation provided you leave the room, or flat, in the same condition it was when you entered.

Page last updated: 02 May 2017