As a true ‘student city’ Dunedin has lots of living options for you. From a shared house or flat near the tertiary campus, to apartments in the city, to homestays in the countryside, you’ll find something that suits you and your lifestyle.
Your education institution will help you find a place to live – and below are explanations of where students usually live in Dunedin.
Homestay (or private board)
With a homestay you live with a New Zealand family in their home, usually in a fully furnished room of your own. They’ll provide you with meals and help you to settle in to day-to-day life in New Zealand. A homestay is a great way to get to know some friendly New Zealanders, develop your English skills and get a close-up look at New Zealand’s way of life and culture.
Who can help me find a homestay?
Your education institution will be able to place you in a homestay.
Halls of residence (or hostels)
Usually just a walk away from our tertiary campuses, halls of residence offer fully furnished single or twin-share rooms with a shared dining hall, lounge and laundry. Meals are often included and you’ll find a lively programme of academic and social activities.
Who will help me find a room in a hall of residence?
Your education institution will help you find a room in a hall of residence. It is best to be organised and apply early (by August, if you plan on starting your study in the following February).
Many students love the experience of renting a house together with friends and other students.
Flats range from one-bedroom apartments to four or five bedroom homes, and can be found within walking distance to our tertiary campuses. There are also flats a little further away, in Dunedin’s suburbs – where you’ll find good bus routes back to campus and a little more space.
Most flats include basic equipment such as an oven, dishwasher and a washing machine. When flatting, you will share living costs such as electricity, telephone and food.
In Dunedin, unfurnished flats generally cost between $90-$130 per week per room and another $80-$100 in expenses like power, phone and food. Furnished flats typically cost slightly more – about $130-$160 per week, and are less common. Your expenses will most likely be the same as in an unfurnished property.
Studio and apartment accommodation
Studios are often furnished and you will have access to kitchen facilities. It costs around $160-$280 per week and often includes power, heating, local telephone calls and cleaning of the common areas. Higher-priced studios can include en-suite facilities. Self-contained one-bedroom apartments may cost around $200-$350 per week.
Who can help me find a room in flat, an apartment or a studio?
Your education institution will be able to help you and direct you to places on the internet where Dunedin lists available rooms, flats, apartments and studio rooms.