Otago Polytechnic

Where you live makes a big difference to your student experience in Auckland. Fortunately, there are a range of great options near to the Auckland International Campus.

Homestay

Stay in the welcoming home of an approved family in Auckland. Your stay includes all meals and a private, furnished bedroom. The cost is $300 per week for a maximum stay of 12 weeks. There is also a $280 placement fee. Please email inhomes@ihug.co.nz for more information or to book this option.

YMCA hostel

Stay in a clean, modern hostel with other young travellers and students, just a 5 minute walk from our campus. Your stay includes a private, furnished bedroom with shared kitchen, dining, and bathroom facilities. The cost is $273 per week for a maximum stay of 8 weeks. Please email studentservices@op.ac.nz for more information or to book this option.

Book your own

There are many excellent resources available for you to find accommodation that best suits your personal needs and budget. A great place to begin is our student Facebook group, called OPAIC Student Community. Many current and future students post here looking for roommates or accommodation.

There are also many popular apartments for international students in the city centre that are suitable for both short-term and long-term accommodation. Empire Apartments www.empire21.co.nz, Princeton Apartments www.princeton.net.nz, and Columbia Apartments www.columbiaapartment.co.nz are all excellent options.

If you’re looking for inexpensive, short-term accommodation there are a number of dormitory-style hostels in the city centre, you can find one on www.hostelworld.com. If you’re looking for long-term accommodation in a flat, check out www.trademe.co.nz/flatmates-wanted or www.nzflatmates.co.nz.

A popular option for students in New Zealand is flatting. Flatting is a type of shared accommodation which involves a number of people living together in the same house or apartment. Usually, each person (flatmate) will have their own bedroom – with the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas shared with everyone else. Rent and bills are also split equally among all flatmates. Depending on the number of bedrooms, your individual rent may range anywhere from $150 – $200 per week (bills excluded). Some flats will be furnished and others unfurnished (make sure you check this before accepting a room). You will also be required to pay a bond (usually two to three weeks rent) which will be refunded to you when you leave (provided you have not caused any damage to the house). Please note your bond should be formally lodged with the New Zealand Department of Building and Housing.

Alternatively, you may decide to set up a lease with an apartment, but this can be costly. Bond is usually much more expensive than a flat. You will also be required to sign a contract which makes you personally liable to see out the lease length (usually six months to one year). A one-bedroom or studio apartment is usually around $250 per week (bills excluded). Two to three bedroom apartments can range anywhere from $400 to $500 per week (bills excluded).

There are pros and cons to all accommodation types. Start looking now so you can find the best option for you!

Airport transfers

We offer a free personalised airport pickup service for all new arriving students. Please email studentservices@op.ac.nz for more information or to book this option. 

Visiting the Auckland International Campus? 

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