Living in Wellington
Wellington, the “coolest little capital in the world” is a great place to study. It is small enough to walk almost everywhere but it also has excellent public transport so everything is super-accessible. And there’s so much going on, no matter what you’re into. From Homegrown to night markets to cool cafes to diving boards off the amazing waterfront. Not to mention Te Papa, Zealandia, Wellywood, Cuba St…
And for a weekend away, there are so many opportunities to venture out and explore the surf, snow and the great outdoors.
Choosing your accommodation: First year students
The Wellington region offers a variety of housing for students. Apartments are very popular and many students will flat together. On average rents range from $190.00 – $250.00 per bedroom in an unfurnished 3 - 5 bedroom flat. A lease would normally operate from 1 February to 30 January.
Victoria House – 282 The Terrace, Te Aro
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 rates in 2019 are $381 per week, twinshare is $290, and includes electricity, heating, water charges and internet. The accommodation fees are payable in advance in four instalments throughout the academic year. A weekly payment option is also available.
Southern Cross Apartments – 35 Abel Smith St
Tel: +64 4 802 3441
Southern Cross Apartments offers superior accommodation in a furnished studio room, this includes queen bed, ensuite, and your own kitchen. The only thing you need to provide is your linen, food and power. The apartments are very safe with 24 hour reception, swipe card access, daily servicing of all common areas. Weekly rent for 2020 is $300.00 – $330 (depending on studio type and location) per week on a six month lease with option to extend for term of study.
222 Willis – 222 Willis St
Tel: +64 4 463 5420
222 Willis provides accommodation for Tertiary students. The complex comprises of 6 floors with 280 beds. The accommodation is configured into a mix of studios, 2 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments. Each apartment is comfortably furnished and has its own bathroom. For 2019 the rates range from $270.00 – $290.00 per week for 42 weeks. Application may be made from the 1 August, applicants pay a $75 application fee. There is also additional fees for bond, activity fee and equipment fees.
Students who have an established group of friends to go flatting with should view the Quinovic website. They have an extensive list of accommodation available in Central Wellington and near the hospital.
Sample budget for flatting in Wellington
Here is a sample budget for an individual student flatting with 2–3 others and a comparison to living in a studio apartment on an individual lease. Depending on your rental contract, you will be required to pay a bond, and up to 2 weeks in advance rent.
|Per week flatting |
|Per academic year flatting||Southern Cross Studio Apartment |
|Rent||$190||$9,880 (rent 52 weeks)||$12,000|
- 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.
- Average rents for an unfurnished five bedroom flat per bedroom are $190 – $250 per week.
- Organise temporary accommodation in advance for when you first arrive in Wellington. Accommodation is in short supply in Wellington at the start of February.
- Once you have confirmed entry into Radiation Therapy make an application with Quinovic Properties. Please note they will not finalise your accommodation until you have physically viewed the properties.
- If you have signed a lease for a full year please be aware that if you move, you will still be responsible for the rent.
Dealing with problems
If you have problems with either your flatmates or your landlord, advice can be obtained from:
- The OUSA Student Support Centre
Tel: +64 3 479 5448
- Tenancy Services
Tel: 0800 83 62 62
- Student Accommodation Centre – 109 St David Street, Dunedin
Tel: +64 3 479 8950
Fax: +64 3 479 8249
- The Community Law Centre – Level 8 Southmark House 203 Willis Street, Wellington
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30–7:00pm, Wednesday and Friday 12:00–2:00pm
Tel: +64 4 499 2928
Fax: +64 4 472 2320