Resident Advisers

RAs provide live-in support to students during their studies, providing pastoral care and serving as an academic role model.

What is a Resident Adviser (RA)?

A Resident Adviser (RA) lives in our University accommodation and serves as a student staff member, leader and resource person for students living in accommodation.

The position requires being a representative of the University and a facilitator for a positive residential experience. RAs are required to be full time enrolled students of the University of Auckland.

Our University Accommodation

Positions are available in our Halls of Residence (Halls) and our University Flats and Apartments (Residences).

We encourage you to explore the Accommodation section of our website to find out more about the University of Auckland’s unique communities and accommodation.

When applying, you’ll be given the option to indicate your preference for a position in a hall or residence. Please note that in some cases we may offer you a position in an area that was not a preference.  

A Resident Adviser...

Serves as a resource to residents

  • Engages proactively with all students in your assigned area. Is approachable and receptive.
  • Exhibits knowledge of campus services
  • Communicates and promote the core values and policies of Accommodation, the wider Campus Life division and the University of Auckland.
  • Knows, abides and enforces all rules and regulations of the University residences as outlined in the Residential Rules and Resident Handbooks.

Develops community 

  • Creates an environment where the needs and concerns of diverse populations of students are appreciated.
  • Promotes and supports an environment that is conducive to academic and social development.
  • Collaborates on, supports and attends residential activities and events.

Provides support to residents

  • Assists students with academic, personal and social concerns, and refers residents to appropriate residential staff and support services when necessary.
  • Assists with mediation and crisis situations. 
  • Works with appropriate residential staff to resolve maintenance issues and safety concerns.  

Review the Resident Adviser position description

Application Process

Applications for 2021 RA positions are currently open and must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday 15 November 2020. 

To apply to be a Resident Adviser, applicants must submit a cover letter, CV and unofficial academic transcript in one document. CVs must include at least two referees.

Important dates for 2021 RAs

RA's begin their employment in early February 2021. RAs must commit to two weeks of full time training starting from these dates.

If candidates cannot commit to this date they must let us know in their application or interview.

Optional support for your application

We encourage you to visit Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) for support in preparing your application for our Resident Adviser position. CDES can also help you prepare for an interview as well. Check MyCDES for their sessions.

Do you have any questions?

For additional questions regarding the RA position, or other leadership opportunities in Accommodation, contact: