Accommodation for couples or families

Accommodation may be harder to find for couples or families, so you should start exploring your options early. 

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Couples

Accommodation on-campus in apartments and houses is available, however, options are in high demand and include:

  • Graduate House - a small number of ensuite (own bathroom) as well as rooms with shared bathrooms located on the edge of campus for postgraduate students 
  • Hayashi - 10 self-contained studio units and 6 ensuite rooms for students in their second year of study and beyond
  • Kirkwood Flats - 8 self-contained one-bedroom units and 2 self-contained studio units
  • Sonoda Christchurch Campus - 4 self-contained studio units
  • University Hall - 6 self-contained units.
  • Waimairi Village - 15 self-contained four-bedroom shared houses - each house can accommodate one couple in a premium double room with shared bathroom

To apply, please complete an online application form.  Applicants must select the term "2019 Couples/Family Accommodation" and apply for a room type. As these options are in high demand, it is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.  For accommodation commencing in 2018, please contact Accommodation Services.

Families

Limited fully-furnished and self-contained units may be available for small families at Kirkwood Flats or University Hall.  To apply, please complete an online application form selecting the term "2019 Couples/Family Accommodation" and apply for a room type. As these options are in high demand, priority will be given to international students who are new to New Zealand.  It is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.  For accommodation commencing in 2018, please contact Accommodation Services.

Please ensure you book child care early, if required, as places are limited.

Renting privately

Most couples and families will be required to source an apartment or house off-campus on arrival in Christchurch. Market rent in Christchurch can be found on the Tenancy Services website and will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.  Please note that these rates do not differentiate between furnished or unfurnished or the condition of the room or property.  You will need to factor in set up costs into your budget (for an empty house this can be up to 4 weeks' rent as bond and 1-2 weeks' rent in advance plus power and internet) as well as ongoing monthly expenses such as power, internet, transport, food, and contents insurance.

You should not sign a contract or agreement without viewing a property personally, therefore, we recommend that you arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in Christchurch to enable you time to find a property that you will be happy in.  For families, we recommend arriving on your own first as temporary accommodation can be booked on campus at Sonoda Christchurch Campus whilst you find a suitable house to enable your family to join you. Temporary accommodation for a single person at Sonoda is NZ$269 per week.  Temporary accommodation for a family can be very expensive.

Find out more about renting privately.

More information

For assistance with finding suitable accommodation contact Accommodation Services.