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Shared private rental accommodation in New Zealand, otherwise known as flatting, is a popular option for many students. Flats are an independent way of living where you join a group of people in a house and share costs. Some flats are furnished; others are not.

Flat rent often doesn't include electricity, telephone and internet (utilities), so you will need to pay for these each month additional to your rent payment. You will need to pay a deposit or bond before you move in, to cover any damage you may cause. This is typically 2–4 weeks' worth of rent.

No matter where are you are flatting in New Zealand, we hope you will find the following details helpful in providing accommodation information and support.

Tenancy information

Tenancy Services is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). This website has information and resources to help tenants and landlords act with confidence, build good relationships, and solve any problems that may arise during your tenancy. You can find information on both yours and your landlords rights and responsiblities under the Residential Tenancies Act.

A wide range of information is available from the website, including:

  • The rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants
  • How much bond and rent you should pay in advance
  • Market rent information
  • How to handle disputes

Visit the Tenancy Services website for more information

OUSA Student Support – Flatting

OUSA are experts when it comes to flatting. Get in touch with the team at OUSA Student Support for support and guidance when it comes to flatting. They're a diverse group of experienced and devoted individuals supporting students through just about anything life throws at them.

Find out more information about flatting on the OUSA website


Sorted is a trusted source of free, impartial and independent financial information and resources for New Zealanders. Sorted has the tools and information you need to tackle debt, manage your money and to budget.

Going Flatting? Then visit the Sorted website for more information

Where to look for a flat

One of the best ways to find a flat, a room to rent, or to find flatmates is to search online. Check out the following websites:

Accommodation information for University of Otago students in Wellington, including Radiation Therapy students

The Wellington region offers a variety of housing for students.

Apartments are very popular and many students will flat together. A lease would normally operate from 1 February to 30 January.

The University of Otago does not have any residential colleges in Wellington. You can apply to Victoria House, which is a student hostel run by Victoria University. Please be aware that if you apply with Victoria University you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee.

Victoria House – 282 The Terrace, Te Aro (run by Victoria University)

Website Victoria House
Tel +64 4 463 9040

Victoria House provides a strong community and academic focus for first-year and returning students. Multi-storey buildings housing 184 residents. Outdoor grassed courtyard with surrounding gardens. Fully furnished study bedrooms (excluding linen), 140 single rooms and 44 twinshare rooms. Single rooms and twinshares are available, electricity, heating, water charges and internet are included in the room rates. The accommodation fees are payable in advance in four instalments throughout the academic year. A weekly payment option is also available.

The Cube Hall – 242 Taranaki St (run by Massey University)

The Cube Hall is part of the Massey Halls Wellington portfolio, offering accommodation for students of all tertiary providers in Wellington, and Massey senior students. This hall has 24/7 support and dedicated on-site staff.

Learn more about The Cube Hall and apply now

UniLodge Stafford House – 40 The Terrace

Website Unilodge Stafford House
Tel +64 4 463 2200

UniLodge offers self-catered and fully furnished two or three bedroom apartments – a great choice for uni students looking to meet like-minded people. All apartments include a comfortable living area, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen for residents to share. Wi-Fi, electricity, gas, and water is all included in the weekly rate. UniLodge also has large common areas for all residents including a games room, lounge room, study areas, and a gym.

Learn more about UniLodge Stafford House and apply now

Capital House – 21 Manchester Street

Basic dorm accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. Price includes a continental breakfast.

Visit Capital House website

Duckworth Lewis – 1 Adelaide Road, Newtown

220 per week for long term accommodation.

Visit Duckworth Lewis website

Sojourn Apartment Hotel – 22-26 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Fully serviced apartments located across from Wellington Hospital.

Visit Sojourn Apartement Hotel website

Sojourn Apartment Hotel – Ghuznee – 75 Ghuznee Street, Wellington

Fully serviced apartments located 150 metres from Cuba St.

Visit Sojourn Apartment Hotel

Short-term accommodation for University of Otago students in Christchurch

Hotel Give (YMCA)

This is a good place to stay initially while looking for a flat/more permanent accommodation.

It is close to the Christchurch campus building.
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BreakFree on Cashel

BreakFree on Cashel is a 20-munite walk from the Christchurch campus building.
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Urbanz Accommodation

273 Manchester Street is a 20-minute walk from the Christchurch campus building.
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Or look for a motel on Riccarton Road, Christchurch


If you need advice about accommodation, please email

Dealing with problems

If you have problems with either your flatmates or your landlord, advice can be obtained from:


Support is offered by OUSA (Otago University Student Association)

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