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Some accommodation providers in Christchurch to give you a head start

We do not have accommodation on-campus but we can offer some suggestions and information with regards to possible accommodation and accommodation providers.

Information we have complied with regards to accommodation includes:

Accommodation Providers

Below, you will find information on a small group of accommodation providers in Christchurch. This is a sample of accommodation that is available in Christchurch.

Contact the individual provider for information on how to apply, availability, characteristics and realistic costs of gaining accommodation with the provider. Please note some providers, like UC Villages have several options available, and they will be best to discuss these options with you.

We have not assessed the suitability of these for international students at the time of printing.

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Some students rent flats as it is inexpensive and a place to share with other students. International students can gain experience in the day-to-day living of New Zealanders and valuable English skills.

With the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Polytechnic and various other institutions starting around the same time as us, good flats may be difficult to find.

When you flat, you supply the furniture in many cases. The landlord should supply an oven. Sometimes, the landlord supplies a washing machine and/or a refrigerator. Furnished flats usually cost more.

Visit for detailed information on flatting.

Finding a Flat in Christchurch

  • Look in the Christchurch Press or Christchurch Star classifieds.
  • Search Google for rentals available in Christchurch.
  • Friends and classmates may know of someone looking for a flatmate, so ask around.
  • The Christchurch Yellow Pages also lists agents under "Real Estate Agents" and "Rental Agents" in the "Accommodation Rental" area of the book.

Approximate Costs of Flatting

You can find out more information on tenancy costs in specific areas at You can also use the Sorted Cost of Living calculator on their Web site at

According to StudyLink, flatting with two other people in a three room flat in Christchurch costs approximately:

Rent: $132 per week

Food: $63 per week

Power: $16 per week

Bus (with discounts): $25 per week

Phone (minimum): $5 per week

PInternet (unlimited): $7 per week

Other (clothing / toiletries / make-up) $20 per week

These are approximate costs, based on moderate use of electricity, phone, et cetera, and you may find the costs of these for you may vary, depending on your situation.

If you are looking at renting a flat or house just for you, rent can range from approximately $400 to $1,000 per week, depending on the area, situation, et cetera.

Tenancy Protection and Issues

If you need advice or help with anything related to tenancy, see Tenancy Services on or contact them on 0800 836-262. You can also contact the Tenants Protection Association on or on (03) 379-2297.

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