Student life

Find out about student life at the University and in Auckland, including University clubs and recreation, support services, and information about day-to-day living in Auckland.


University accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for Study Abroad and Exchange students who apply by the deadline, 15 December for Semester One and 1 May for Semester Two, and pay a NZ$750 housing deposit. 

Living in a University-managed residence gives you the chance to experience the best that student life has to offer.

Benefits include:

  • A safe, comfortable and fun place to live.
  • Internet access in bedrooms.
  • Membership of the University Recreation Centre.
  • Located within easy walking distance of the City Campus, as well as many of Auckland’s main attractions.
  • Meet other students and make life-long friends.
  • Quality assured accommodation standards.

We strongly recommend that you apply for your place in a residence when you submit your Study Abroad or Exchange application.

Private accommodation*

If you prefer not to live in a University-managed residence or do not get a place, other options are available including homestays or flats.

*We do not inspect or in any way guarantee the quality or availability of private accommodation.

Contact Accommodation Services:

Accommodation Services
Phone:    +64 9 373 7599 ext 87691


Life at the University of Auckland

As an international student at the University of Auckland you can easily find a happy balance between study and fun. To find out more about life at the University of Auckland and about our support services, visit Life at Auckland.

Clubs and recreation

There are a huge range of clubs at the University, and a great recreation centre – use it for your individual workout, or join one of our team sports for some great inter-faculty competitions. For more information, see the links below:

Clubs and societies
Recreation Centre and sports teams


iSPACE is a lounge dedicated to the needs of international students and the promotion of cultural diversity on campus. You’ll find comfortable sofas for relaxing and chatting, plus a sunny outdoor area with umbrellas where you can study or eat lunch.

The iSPACE team run workshops and provide lots of useful information to help you adjust to life at The University of Auckland and in New Zealand. They also host a range of fun activities, such as morning teas and cultural events. To find out more, go to iSPACE.

International Student Handbook

The International Student Handbook offers a great overview of University life and services on campus, and can be downloaded below.

University of Auckland mobile app

Stay connected with The University of Auckland wherever you are. Find out how to get around campus, stay up-to-date with the latest news, get answers to your questions, and more.  

The app is compatible with iPhone and Android, plus there is a mobile web version for other devices. Download the University of Auckland mobile app.


Student support

The International Office and the University offer a wide range of student support services. For more information, visit Student support and services.


Living in Auckland and New Zealand

For good advice about many aspects of day-to-day life – including banking, driving, shopping, travel, and places of worship – visit Living in Auckland and New Zealand.



Visit the YouTube channels below to see a great range of videos about the University, Auckland city, and New Zealand.

University of Auckland YouTube channel

Visit Auckland

New Zealand Education/Think New


Study Abroad brochure

Download our brochure.

Image of the cover of the University of Auckland Study Abroad brochure