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#272631 6-Jul-2020 21:48
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A kiwi friend is sending his kid back to go for tertiary study in NZ, probably in Tauranga and Hamilton at Waikato.

 

Given that it is over 30 years since I was at Waikato, I have no idea what a spot in a flat or similar costs these days. Would anyone be able to offer any useful input?


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  #2518230 6-Jul-2020 21:54
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Look at Trademe that has a flatmates wanted area


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  #2518264 7-Jul-2020 06:55
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You have multiple options when it comes to living in Hamilton as a student; live in the residential halls, go flatting, rent a room, or otherwise. I was a student for 5 years back in the day and am a student again at Waikato, doing my Masters and living near Hamilton's city center. 

 

- Off the top of my head, I can't remember how much the halls cost, but ii's definitely a bit pricey compared to flatting. They do have their benefits though; provide you with three meals a day, based on campus, and a great way to make new friends. Of course this option can depend on age. If this person is say 25 years and up, then perhaps Orchard Park is a more sensible option, which is where many of the international students stay. 

 

- As Linux said, looking on Trade Me for flats in the area is definitely a good option. There's probably a few Facebook Groups that advertise as well. Obviously the current occupants would want tho meet your friends kid in person. Price can vary depending on location and needs. Obviously certain areas around the university will be filled with partying students as well. Knighton Road side is definitely louder than the Hillcrest side of the university. Bus services in Hamilton are decent, so living further away is an option, but within walking distance is definitely ideal. 3 bedroom can vary between $300-450 depending on condition. 4 bedroom $350-500. So per person cost for everything can vary between $100-220. House condition, amount of occupants, power, internet, food (together or separate).

 

- A lot of the old homes around the university have been demolished to make way for units rented on a per room basis. You have shared kitchen facilities and your own bathroom.  Haven't been in one of these myself, but they're not cheap either. Some come with internet and power included I think. Starting price $190 maybe? 

 

- The priciest is going to be renting out a one bedroom unit. 

 

Tauranga is a bit different. The campus is in the heart of the city, but housing is a bit further out. Buses would be key here. Unsure what flatting is like in Tauranga or whether they have residential halls. Beautiful campus though.  


 
 
 
 




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  #2518481 7-Jul-2020 13:43
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Thanks for the input! I'll pass this on. 


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  #2518530 7-Jul-2020 14:08
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According to https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/costs/accommodation,

 

  • Fully catered halls of residence cost $322 or $327 per week.
  • Self-catered accommodation costs between $185 & $255 per week

It notes that the accommodation contracts are for a 37 week academic year

 

One of my children went to Waikato, they used a Hall for their first year, then went flatting with student friends for the remaining two years.
In those days, Student Loan was enough to cover a basic flatting lifestyle: "Bank Of Dad" paid for the Hall in the first year ;-)


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  #2518668 7-Jul-2020 18:00
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PolicyGuy:

 

According to https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/costs/accommodation,

 

  • Fully catered halls of residence cost $322 or $327 per week.
  • Self-catered accommodation costs between $185 & $255 per week

It notes that the accommodation contracts are for a 37 week academic year

 

One of my children went to Waikato, they used a Hall for their first year, then went flatting with student friends for the remaining two years.
In those days, Student Loan was enough to cover a basic flatting lifestyle: "Bank Of Dad" paid for the Hall in the first year ;-)

 

 

Just be sure to get in early.

 

 

 

My partner struggled to get into this in her first year, Ended up for the better as she went flatting which was far easier for my visits :)





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  #2519436 8-Jul-2020 17:02
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hio77:

 

PolicyGuy:

 

According to https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/costs/accommodation,

 

  • Fully catered halls of residence cost $322 or $327 per week.
  • Self-catered accommodation costs between $185 & $255 per week

It notes that the accommodation contracts are for a 37 week academic year

 

One of my children went to Waikato, they used a Hall for their first year, then went flatting with student friends for the remaining two years.
In those days, Student Loan was enough to cover a basic flatting lifestyle: "Bank Of Dad" paid for the Hall in the first year ;-)

 

 

Just be sure to get in early.

 

 

 

My partner struggled to get into this in her first year, Ended up for the better as she went flatting which was far easier for my visits :)

 

 

"visits" lol






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