Finding the right accommodation in Auckland can be a challenge. There are several different options available to interns. The type of accommodation chosen will largely depend on the amount of money you are prepared to spend. The following information can be used as a guide to help you on your search for the right place to stay.
(money paid in advance as a security which is paid back if there is no damaging to the property etc)
You may also be required to pay a bond when moving into any type of accommodation which can range from the first and last month’s rent to more, so always ask!
Many of our interns temporarily stay in accommodation such as a hostel or backpackers when they first arrive in Auckland, and then proceed to look for long-term accommodation (such as a flat). It is advisable to book your accommodation in a hostel/backpackers before arriving in New Zealand, especially during the high tourist season from November to March.
Hostels offer accommodation to those on a budget, common facilities include: internet access, shared bathroom/ kitchen facilities, and a TV room.
The following hostels are conveniently located in the hub of Central Auckland, all are within 20 minutes walking distance of NZTRI:
If you prefer to stay out of the main city away from the hustle and bustle, but still within a short distance of NZTRI, the following hostels have been recommended by past interns:
The Brown Kiwi
It would take approximately 1-2 weeks to find a permanent place to live. It is recommended to look when you arrive, instead of booking from home as you never know what you might get! Some hostels only offer nightly rates and not weekly rates. This is especially true for the larger hostels, like Auckland central backpacker, etc. They cater more to the backpacking crowd. Albert Park does offer weekly rates.
Long Term Accommodation in Central Auckland
The following is a list of long term accommodation providers in Central Auckland:
Rooms start from about $150 a week, all depending on the standard and location. **You also need to budget for expenses on top of that e.g. power & phone per month, check to see what the rate quoted includes. Many interns find out about available flats on noticeboards around the university, in the local newspaper or by word of mouth.
The following links could also be used to search for flats around Auckland:
This website is also very useful when looking for accommodation. It is really simple to register and to create an ad that explains that you are looking for a room in a flat, etc.
AUT Accommodation Database and Flat List:
Homestay accommodation is also another popular option. Unlike a hostel, visitors stay with a family in a family home. You get to experience what it is like to live in New Zealand, host families will treat you as one of the family and you should expect to spend time with them and take part in family outings etc. A private company called Kiwi Homestay Consultants Ltd organise finding an appropriate homestay for visitors/students to New Zealand. If Kiwi Homestay Consultants Ltd are able to find you a homestay you are required to pay one weeks rent to the company as a finders fee.
Northshore (over the bridge)
Enjoy the more relaxed lifestyle with great beaches as well as lively cafes, restaurants, leisure pursuits, and a thriving arts scene. Public transport options to get you into town include a very good ferry service from both Birkenhead and Devonport which saves all the traffic hassles especially during peak times in the morning and afternoon.