SPBC may assist applicants to find suitable housing and accommodation. Applicants requiring assistance should present their needs to the Student Affairs office early. Assessments or recommendations made by SPBC concerning suitability are in accordance with the provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sections: 4.2.9, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4.
The college provides on-campus student accommodation, depending on availability. The costs range from $225-$300 per week for a one bedroom apartment and $360+ per week for a three bedroom apartment, including electricity, internet, and water. These costs are shared by the occupants. This accommodation has been assessed by SPBC and is adequate in regards to safety and location.
There are other types of accommodation in the city of Tauranga. Some of these have been assessed for suitability by the Student Affairs office. Accommodation Assessment Reports can be requested from the Student Affairs office. Assessed and/or non-assessed accommodation in Tauranga can include:
- Flatting – This is shared rental accommodation and can vary from two to five bedroom houses with their own facilities. A student can expect to pay between $170 to $190 per week for a place in a flat. Costs for food, electricity, phone and water are in addition to this. There are several rental agencies that can be located by using an internet search engine.
- Boarding (Homestay) – This is when a student lives with a family. Usually electricity, phone, water and food are included in the total cost. This can vary between $180-$220 per week.
For information on the rights and responsibilities of tenants in New Zealand visit www.tenancy.govt.nz.