There are a number of places and ways to live in Auckland while you study at AUT. We’ve described some of the more popular below and included a list of links so you can find more information.
Flatting is a popular way to live, in which you share an apartment or house (flat) and share household expenses.
Flatting may be a good option if you’re a second or third year student, a postgraduate or older student, or if you’re familiar with living in Auckland. If you are a first year student, or you’re from out-of-town, you might want to consider living in Wellesley Student Apartments, Akoranga Student Village or other student accommodation until you get into the routine of study.
If you decide to live in a flat, it is likely that you will have to provide your own furniture and pay for your share of the expenses (electricity, water, gas, phone/internet, pay TV). In some flats, people will share groceries and cooking. In others, each flatmate will buy groceries and cook their own meals.
Remember to talk about bills with your flatmates and agree on who will organise household expenses.
Rental prices can vary greatly according to location, type of accommodation, and the number of others living there. Demand for flats peaks at the start of each semester, so try and beat the rush and get in early. Also remember to consider the cost of transport in looking for a flat - for information on train, bus and ferry prices, check out the MAXX website (http://www.maxx.co.nz/
Living with others in any situation will always have challenges, so remember to choose flats carefully and do not rush into any flatting agreement. Make sure your new flatmates are people you can live with during the semester or year.
If you need help or advice with your living situation during the year, you can see one of AUT’s Student Advisors who provide a general help and advice service. AuSM, the AUT students’ association, also has a free legal liaison service which might help with any tenancy disputes. To get in touch with these groups, see the details at contact information
Hostels and other student accommodation
Auckland has many independently-run hostels and other student accommodation, where students cook for themselves. Hostels provide your own bedroom but generally you have to share a bathroom.
Have a look at the following websites for more information: