Private accommodation assistance

Finding private accommodation in Auckland can be overwhelming if you are new to the city, or even the country.

For assistance with any of the following, contact our accommodation advisory team.

  • Types of private accommodation
  • Costs
  • How to use and interpret advertisements on websites like TradeMe
  • What to look for at the property
  • How to apply
  • Contracts
  • Bonds (security deposits)
  • Any and all of your questions

Contact the Advisory Service

Call us: 0800 61 62 63

Visit us: Level 3 - Room 393
Kate Edger Information Commons Building
2 Alfred Street

Or if you would like a staff member to contact you, please complete our online form.

External accommodation options

The University of Auckland is aware of the need for you to enjoy secure and comfortable accommodation to complement your study so we’ve appointed a dedicated external accommodation advisor to help.

Below we have summarised the different types of options available to you along with some pros and cons for each.

We’ve also listed tips on what to look for in accommodation and where to go if you have problems.

If you’re unsure about where to start, what you are signing up to or perhaps need advice on dealing with a difficult landlord, contact us at the Accommodation Office.

Types of accommodation

Renting a studio or one-bedroom apartment
If you prefer to live alone or as a couple, a studio or one-bedroom apartment is your best option.

Studio apartments start from around $320 per week and one bedroom apartments will start higher. You will have to pay for your own power, internet, and sometimes water. Check photos carefully, as sometimes a one-bedroom apartment is actually a studio.

Apartment sharing - 2+ bedroom apartments
If you already know of others looking at flatting, why not find an apartment together? In Auckland City, 2+ bedroom apartments generally have a starting price of $420 per week upwards. City apartments may be furnished and you’ll have to pay your own power, internet, and sometimes water.

Hostel facilities
Similar to a dormitory-style student residence, you can rent a lockable room which provides a bed, small fridge, desk and chair, wardrobe and sometimes your own bathroom (bathrooms are often shared). Utilities such as laundry, kitchen and living are shared. There are a number of these in varying sizes and prices, and they usually include power, and water. You will have to pay for internet and laundry yourself.

Flat sharing or 'flatting'
Throughout the year, there are many listings on websites such as TradeMe and NZ Flatmates, for people looking for flatmates, both in apartments in central Auckland and in houses in the outer suburbs. Read the advertisement carefully as the price quoted is generally for the room only and power, water, phone and internet are extra.

Arranging your own house
If you know a group who would like to arrange a house to rent this can be a great experience. There are few houses in the central city, so select a radius you would be prepared to travel and then go suburb by suburb to view your house options. Houses for rent are mostly unfurnished, and you will need to organise your own power and internet. Water is usually included in the rental price, but in some cases it can be an additional cost.

Homestay and host families
There are a number of homestay companies that specialise in host family accommodation. Generally a bedroom is offered, furnished with a bed plus bedding, desk, chair, reading lamp, heater (for use in winter only) and should include electricity, water and internet. The room rate usually includes a self-service breakfast (food items supplied) and an evening meal. Students share family bathroom, and kitchen. The minimum stay is 2-4 weeks.