Waikato Pathways College


Choosing the right accommodation at Waikato Pathways College will help you transition to university life smoothly, concentrate on your studies and start building friendships.

Student accommodation options

A variety of housing options are available for you, including homestay, halls of residence, and shared or independent living in houses or apartments.

International students can apply for their accommodation at Waikato Pathways College online.

Halls of residence are purpose-built university accommodation. They feature single, furnished rooms with a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe. Rooms include telephone and internet connections, as well as free WiFi. Communal laundry facilities are available for students to use.

Fully-catered accommodation provides you with your own bedroom where you share bathroom and dining facilities with other students. You are provided with three meals a day, seven days a week.

Self-catered accommodation is best suited to students who are returning for their second year of study, or mature students. Accommodation is shared with up to five other students, each with their own single bedroom. Cooking and cleaning is often shared among the group.

Whichever option you choose, be sure to take advantage of the common areas to socialise, watch television, play games, prepare meals, and relax.

Homestay accommodation is ideal for students who prefer a family-orientated lifestyle. We organise accommodation with friendly homestay families who offer a welcoming and safe environment, support you outside of study time and help you settle in New Zealand.

Our homestay families have been carefully selected and are experienced in looking after international students. All hosts have been given police clearance and their homes are inspected by the University before students are placed there. You will be provided with your own room and your homestay family will provide all your main meals.

Homestays are located within 30 minutes’ travel time from the University campus and are the preferred option for international students under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18 you may be able to live in the halls of residence, however this is on a case-by-case basis.

If you are 18 and over, and prefer more independence, you may choose to live in the halls of residence, a shared house, or rent your own house.

“Flatting” is when you share accommodation with other students in a private house located off campus. Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for flats or available rooms. We can also assist and advise you on flats or other accommodation options close to our campus.

Renting a home for you, or you and your family, is also an option. Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for houses available for rent. The accommodation office can also assist and advise you with rentals or other accommodation options close to the campus.

Waikato Pathways College student Frank from China

The university is a good place to live. It’s not too far from the main city, but it's quieter and not too noisy. It's made me feel more comfortable. All my classmates and my teachers are really kind to me.

Frank from China
Studying Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College