Information About Flatting
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 www.tenancy.govt.nz 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 www.tenancy.govt.nz. You can also use the Sorted Cost of Living calculator on their Web site at sorted.org.nz.
According to StudyLink, flatting with two other people in a three room flat in Christchurch costs approximately:
|Service ||Cost per week |
|Rent ||$132 |
|Food ||$63 |
|Power ||$16 |
|Bus (with discounts) ||$25 |
|Phone (minimum) ||$5 |
|Internet (unlimited) ||$7 |
|Other (clothing / toiletries / make-up) ||$20 |
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 www.tenancy.govt.nz or contact them on 0800 836-262. You can also contact the Tenants Protection Association on www.tpa.org.nz or on (03) 379-2297.