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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Accommodation on-campus in apartments and houses is available, however, options are limited 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
  • Waimairi Village - 15 self-contained 4-bedroom shared houses 

To apply for Graduate House, Hayashi or Waimairi Village, please complete an online application form.  For Graduate House you must select the term "Postgraduate Flexi".  As these options are in high demand, it is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately

There may also be a small number of self-contained units at either Sonoda Christchurch Campus or University Hall.  Please direct enquiries to

Please note that all applications for couples accommodation in 2019 can be completed online from 1 August 2018.


Limited fully-furnished and self-contained 1-bedroom units may be available for small families. However, it is likely that you will be required to rent privately. Please direct enquiries to  

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.