Private accommodation

Finding accommodation in Auckland, and near to AUT, can be difficult if you don’t already live here. The contacts and resources on this page may help you find accommodation near the campus you will be studying at.

AUT has not inspected or endorsed the accommodation options described on this page. You must contact the provider directly for details or more information.

How to choose accommodation

You should think about:

  • How long you need to stay (short-term or long-term – a semester or longer?)
  • If you want to live by yourself or with other people
  • How close you want to be to shops and transport
  • How much it will cost you to travel to AUT

Accommodation types

The type of accommodation you choose might depend on your budget and how long you want to stay.

Some types of popular accommodation include:

  • Apartments and houses
  • Homestays (living with a family)
  • Backpackers and hostels
  • Student accommodation

Finding accommodation

Any accommodation providers listed below are not inspected or endorsed by AUT and you must contact them directly.

Living in a homestay can be a great way to experience New Zealand culture. You live with a family in their home, so you can expect to take part in Kiwi life and improve your English.

International students under 18 must live in a homestay if they will not be living with their parents or a designated caregiver.

Host Families NZ website

Renting a house or apartment

If you want to live on your own, or you need accommodation for a family, renting a private apartment or house may be a good choice.

Most rentals in central Auckland are very expensive. Suburbs are a bit cheaper but you will need to think about the extra cost (and time) to travel to your campus each day.

TradeMe is a useful website to find rental accommodation.


Flat-sharing or ‘flatting’

Sharing a flat or house with other people – ‘flatting’ – is a good option if you’ve completed your first year or want to live independently.

Before you go flatting, think about the kind of flat you want and what you can afford.

Think about things like:

  • Paying for upfront costs, like rent in advance and the ‘bond’ (security deposit)
  • Transport costs and times to get to your classes
  • Insurance – like contents insurance
  • Costs for things like food, electricity, internet and other bills – how will you share them?
  • The type of flat you want to live in, and who you want to share it with

Getting started

There are lots of websites that can give you information around how to choose a flat, what you need to consider, your legal rights and responsibilities, and how to budget. Some are listed below.

Advice and information about flatting

Flatting 101 (Tenancy Services website)

Going flatting and managing your money (Sorted website)

Citizens Advice Bureau website

Websites to find a flat

Roomies website

Nzflatmates website

Similar to a dormitory-style student residence, you can rent a lockable room that provides a bed, small fridge, desk and chair, wardrobe and sometimes your own bathroom (bathrooms are often shared, however). Utilities such as laundry, kitchen and living are shared.

There are a number of these hostel facilities in varying sizes and prices, and they usually include electricity and water. You will have to pay for internet and laundry yourself.

Plan your living costs

You'll need to plan for things like food, transport and entertainment on top of your accommodation costs.

Check the Sorted website to find sample budgets and living costs, a budgeting tool and other resources to help you plan.

Sorted website

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