While they are in New Zealand most of our international students will be living in a local homestay. They could also be with their parents or with someone who has been designated as their caregiver, usually a close relative (a DCG). Students may NOT live alone, or in accommodation shared with friends, even if they are over 18. Living in a homestay is highly recommended as it gives students support and the opportunity to experience the New Zealand lifestyle.
Living in a homestay
Homestays are organised through the International Department who visit and interview prospective host families. Most homestays are just a short bus trip or a walk from school. The local community is a very safe and clean area, with access to beaches, parks, malls and also just a short ferry ride across the Waitemata Harbour to the Auckland CBD.
There is a great effort made to match international students to the most appropriate family and often strong bonds are made and students stay in touch with their host families for the rest of their lives. The students become more independent, adaptable and confident in their conversational English and ability to live and study in a different culture.
Students are provided with: