Why live in University of Auckland Accommodation?

Live on campus your whole degree for less!

Key Facts

  • You can live in University of Auckland Accommodation for your entire degree – whether you study with us for three years or more – undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • First-year residents in University Accommodation statistically perform better than non-residents, 3% with a higher pass rate and 20% with higher ‘A’ grades.
  • We offer a wide range of Accommodation scholarship opportunities to help you with your cost of living.
  • Living in our Accommodation will often cost you less than trying to set up your own flat in the  Auckland CBD or Parnell, or even at some other universities around the country. Really, it’s true!

Recent news

“They say they’re struggling to survive – tertiary students living in mouldy, unhealthy homes, unable to afford heating or pay for essentials like good food, clothing and transport costs. Poor student life has been a rite of passage for many, so why is it worse now than ever before?” - TVNZ, Sunday, Flat Broke

"Even these really basic Healthy Homes standard haven't been met, but there's no accountability...." - RNZ

This doesn’t have to be you.

2024 fees update

The University aims to provide accommodation for over 4,500 students who wish to live on-campus in the 2024 academic year. This is provided through a mixture of catered and self-catered options across both City and Grafton campuses. University Accommodation provides a convenient and unique opportunity for those seeking the on-campus experience.

Our fees include not only rent but also utilities such as power, heating/cooling, laundry, cleaning services in common areas and a membership at the University Recreation Centre. All residents are additionally provided access to the University WiFi. Our Halls of Residence host two academic mentoring programmes along with student centered events, Inter-Residential events and 24/7 security and pastoral care.

Accommodation fees have increased for 2024. This comes in response to increased inflation rates over the past 2 years and includes increased costs for catering in Halls of Residence, staff salaries (minimum and living wage increases) and additional pastoral care initiatives. We continue to provide cost-competitive housing compared to other universities and renting privately in the Auckland CBD and Parnell.

Catered accommodation

The University of Auckland offers quality accommodation in the heart of Auckland City, at comparable prices to other New Zealand universities – making Auckland an affordable option.

How much will it cost? 

Below is a comparison of catered accommodation at universities in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, and Christchurch, using published (2024) costs which shows that the University of Auckland has very competitive rates: 

Graph showing the price comparisons of four NZ universities based on the figures in the table below
2024 Base PW / weeks 
Admin fee Residential services fee Total (annual)
Waipārūrū Hall 
$510 / 38weeks+6 nights $300 $330 $20,447.14
University Hall - Towers  $490 / 38weeks+6 nights $300 $330 $19,670
Grafton Hall  $490 / 38weeks+6 nights $300 $330 $19,670
O’Rorke Hall  $470 / 38weeks+6 nights $300 $330 $18,892.86
192 Castle College $562 / 38weeks $920 (See Admin fee) $22,276
University College 
$507 / 38weeks $920 (See Admin fee) $20,186
Te Puni Village $498 / 38weeks $600 (See Admin fee) $19,524
Katherine Jermyn Hall  $494 / 38weeks $600 (See Admin fee) $19,372
Rochester & Rutherford $517 / 41weeks $300 $300 $22,550
Tupuānuku  $498 / 41weeks $550 $300 $21,418

* At the University of Auckland, our Accommodation fee includes electricity, water, food, on-site laundry, and membership to the University’s gym. Residents are also given access to the University WiFi. 

Accommodation scholarships 

The University offers a range of scholarships opportunities, including scholarships with a dedicated Accommodation component. Whether you’re starting in Semester One or Two, there are scholarships available to Māori and Pacific students, high achiever and those with Academic Potentional who are active members of their community.

Self-catered accommodation

Our University-managed, self-catered accommodation offer you a more independent lifestyle just steps away from the University, at rates comparable with the cost of living in private accommodation in Auckland. You'll also benefit from engaging residential events, 24/7 security, pastoral care and support from a range of University services. 

How much will it cost? 

Below is a comparison of self-catered accommodation in Auckland, and a room in a shared private house in Auckland, using estimated (2024) weekly living costs.

Note: the stories below are fictional student personas, so we can share with you the different types of experiences you might have as a student in Auckland. These people aren’t real, but the numbers are! 

2023 "Britney" - UoA student "Mike" - UoA student
  Lives in CPSV in Parnell on a 52-week contract Lives in a shared 3-bedroom flat in Parnell on a 52-week contract
Accommodation $315 $348*
(electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage, laundry)
Included in residence fee $20.62
Internet Free use of UoA WiFi provided $8
Household insurance $8 $8
Food** $135
Transport (bus or train from nearby suburbs) Residences are walking distance from campus $23.70***
Gym membership Included in residence fee $20.91
Additional in-home academic and personal support Included and priceless Not included
Estimated weekly costs $458 $564.23

*Cost of living calculations based on Numbeo research.
**Food and groceries calculations based on IRD Household Expenditure Guide.

***Based on travel to campus five days per week within AT Transport Zone 1. 

At the University of Auckland, our Accommodation fees include rent plus:

  • A fully-furnished room
  • Utilities
  • A communal lounge, dining room and kitchen
  • Games room and music room
  • On-site laundry (washer & dryer)
  • Security, on-site support staff, and front desk reception
  • Gym membership, and
  • Events programme

Why I chose to live in Carlaw Park Student Village

Kia ora, my name is Britney. I’m a second-year student at the University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication. I live at Carlaw Park Student Village - Nicholls, which is a fully furnished self-catered residence. While I pay for my own groceries, which costs me about $135/week, all my rent and utilities (like water, electricity) are all included in my weekly expenses for just $310/week! Living just down the road from City Campus, I’m able to walk to class every day. I find the environment at Carlaw Park to be supportive. I love my RA, who helped me when I was going through a tough time personally. Since I lived in the halls my first year, I already have a solid group of friends on campus. We like to meet up at the gym, which is covered by my Accommodation fee and only a block away from where I live. I can't wait to visit the new Recreation and Wellbeing Centre on Symonds St when it opens up soon! All the support I have around me has enabled me to succeed both in my classes and personal life. I don’t worry about juggling bills and study, as it’s all taken care of for me in my single Accommodation expense. Overall, I pay $453/week, which fits my budget.

Why I chose to live in my own private room in Auckland

Hi, my name is Mike. I’m a third-year student at the University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Business in Commerce. I found my own private room to rent in a shared house in Parnell for $348/week. I wanted to have my own independence, so I found my own place which I paid to furnish myself. Every week I coordinate with my roommates to split the bills. We each pay $8 for internet, $8 for insurance, and $20.62 for electricity, water, garbage and laundry. Staying fit and active is important to me too, so I also joined a gym near my house, which costs $20.91/week. I take the bus to campus, which costs me $23.70/week and takes about an hour round-trip. Overall, my expenses cost me $564.23/week, if I can budget my food costs down to $135/week.

All that's missing is you

Accommodation resident in her room in front of her desk. She is holding a pair of rollerskates and wearing her NZ competition jersey.

Living in Accommodation is a convenient solutions for students who want to focus on their academic and social lives. When you move in, all you have to bring is yourself and your suitcase! In our fully-furnished rooms and flats, we provide residents with an engaging calendar of events and support to better integrate into University support systems. 

So whether you just don't want to deal with a long commute or want support in making new friends, we've got you covered! 

Live with us on-campus and don't stress about the details.