Life in AUT student accommodation

Living on campus is about more than just your room. You’ll benefit from the sense of belonging and support that comes from living in a close-knit and diverse community, with 24/7 security and pastoral care – your home away from home – right on campus.

In pictures: what it's like to live in student accommodation

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Residential Life programme

Our Residential Life programme offers activities, events, sports, life-skills sessions and information and awareness campaigns for our student accommodation communities. Every week there are loads of opportunities to get involved in activities, events and trips.

The programme focuses on four aspects of living in student accommodation: social, health and wellbeing, community, and academic success.

Supported by our Residential Life managers, our residential assistants help organise a range of inclusive social activities to bring our residential communities together and make sure you have a great experience. Some of our social Residential Life events include:

  • Pool and table tennis tournaments
  • Picnics in the park
  • Quiz and craft evenings
  • Social sport leagues
  • Themed events like Easter egg hunts, Matariki celebrations, Valentine's events and carnival days

Our Battle of the Bridge sports competition sees AUT’s accommodation facilities compete against each other in activities across the year.

We understand you might experience feelings of homesickness, anxiousness, or stress. Our team supports resident health and wellbeing all year round, with a specific focus on health and wellbeing events over exam periods and the first few weeks of transitioning into university life. We offer onsite support, and help link residents in to AUT Support Services and other community groups.

The programme aims to support student success through academic focused events and sessions. This could include anything from referencing sessions, setting up study groups to meet your peers in the same course, study nights and creating stress-free study environments.

Our Residential Life programme offers opportunities for residents to engage in AUT and their local community, becoming active members of their community through campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.

Support and help when you need it

Students who live in AUT accommodation have a high academic success rate because they’re part of a supportive community that’s connected to support and advice services within AUT and the wider community.

Pastoral care, safety and security

Our residential assistants can help direct you to the right person or service if you have personal issues. They also complete fortnightly welfare checks – a chance to touch base with each resident to check in with how you are doing and any support you may need.

Each site offers 24/7 pastoral care provided by a combination of live-in management staff, day staff, residential assistants, night duty officers and AUT security (on call or on site).

Live close to useful campus resources

Living on campus makes it easy for you to get to and use support services and campus resources. The library, computer labs, gym, AUT Medical Centre and other services are all nearby.

Just bring your personal belongings

Because the cost of student accommodation includes furniture, power, water and internet, all you need to bring is your personal belongings. Check out your Accommodation Handbook for a comprehensive list of what we provide, and ideas on what to bring to make your room feel like home.

AUT’s accommodation options

View AUT’s accommodation options at a glance to find which one is best for you.

Accommodation options

Handbook and policies

Accommodation handbook cover page showing accommodation building

Browse and download our handbook, house rules and other policies for residents of AUT's Wellesley Student Apartments (City Campus) and Akoranga Student Village (North Campus).

Policies, rules and handbooks

Fees and contract periods

Find out about costs for accommodation, how and when to pay, and what our contract periods are.

Fees for accommodation

Applying for accommodation

Our online application portals open at certain times before semesters begin.

More about applying