Accommodation for couples or families

Accommodation may be harder to find for couples or families, so you should start exploring your options early. 

2020 HAY Studio Unit


Accommodation on-campus in apartments and houses is available, however, options are in high demand and include:

With the exception of Kirkwood Flats, all rates include electricity and you have on-site support available 24/7.  All self-contained units are non-renewable contracts for 50 weeks.

Couples and Family AccommodationResidential Fee (2021)Deposit

Hayashi (Couples Only)
Studio Unit 



Kirkwood Flats (Couples and Families)
Studio Unit 
1 Bedroom Unit
1 Bedroom Flat (can accommodate a young child)

$13,250 + power charged monthly


Sonoda Christchurch Campus (Couples Only)
Studio Unit



University Hall (Couples Only)
1 Bedroom Unit



To apply, please complete an online application form.  Applicants must select the term "Couples/Family Accommodation" and apply for a room type. As these options are in high demand, it is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.  


Limited fully-furnished and self-contained units may be available for small families at Kirkwood Flats.  To apply, please complete an online application form selecting the term "Couples/Family Accommodation" and apply for a "Self-contained unit - 1 bedroom" as your first preference. As these options are in high demand, priority will be given to international students who are new to New Zealand.  It is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.

Please ensure you book child care early, if required, as places are limited.

Renting privately

Most couples and families will be required to source an apartment or house off-campus on arrival in Christchurch. Market rent in Christchurch can be found on the Tenancy Services website and will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.  Please note that these rates do not differentiate between furnished or unfurnished or the condition of the room or property.  You will need to factor in set up costs into your budget (for an empty house this can be up to 4 weeks' rent as bond and 1-2 weeks' rent in advance plus power and internet) as well as ongoing monthly expenses such as power, internet, transport, food, and contents/liability insurance.  

You should not sign a contract or agreement without viewing a property personally, therefore, we recommend that you arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in Christchurch to enable you time to find a property that you will be happy in.  For families, we recommend arriving on your own first as temporary accommodation can be booked on campus at Sonoda Christchurch Campus whilst you find a suitable house to enable your family to join you. Temporary accommodation for a single person at Sonoda is NZ$298 (2021 rate) per week.  Temporary accommodation for a family can be very expensive.

Graduate House offers 30 rooms for students and couples located on the perimeter of campus at 23 Creyke Road.  There is a mix of single or double rooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms.  Kitchen and laundry facilities are shared.  Room rates are from $210 per week.  Please enquire directly at 

Christchurch Student Accommodation offers fully-furnished Twin Studio Units, Double Studio Units, or Two Bedroom Units, just 10 minutes' walk from campus at 252 Riccarton Road.  Contact or apply online.

More information

For assistance with finding suitable accommodation contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga.