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Home life is just as important as your study life. Explore our student living options to find what will make you feel most at home.

Living on Campus


Homestay living offers an excellent opportunity for you to improve your English and immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. 

With all your basic needs taken care of, it will give you the time to adjust to a new way of life and settle into your Lincoln University study programme. 

New Zealand families are diverse. Some households have two parents, while others might be single-parent families. Many retired couples, whose children have left home, will choose to host homestay students as well. 

Pets are a major part of New Zealand life, with many families having dogs, cats or other domesticated animals living in their homes. 

Many New Zealanders enjoy outdoor activities, such as cycling, walking and playing sports such as rugby and netball, so you may have the opportunity to take part in these sorts of pastimes with your host family. 

Homestay information

Your host family will provide you with:

  • Your own room with study facilities, a desk lamp and a chair
  • Storage and wardrobe space
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, a packed lunch and a hot meal at night)
  • Internet access.

Your laundry will also be done for you, or if you prefer, you can do it yourself.


A great place to start your search for a flat is on the Lincoln Flats Facebook page (run by the Lincoln University Students’ Association) or try noticeboards around campus.

To see the different types of properties available in the Christchurch area, visit:

• TradeMe
• Student Rent
• NZ Flatmates.

Please note: The properties on these listings have not been vetted by the Accommodation Office, therefore we can’t guarantee that the listed providers comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Legalities and problems

Make sure you know your rights as a tenant. If you do have problems, there are people who can help.


Accommodation Packages


There are six fully-catered Halls of Residence, all centrally located. Each Hall has free unlimited WiFi, a pool table and SKY TV.

Click on the package name below to view the 2020 fees and payment options for the Hall you are interested in.

KauriColombo Hall
Lowrie Hall
TotaraCentennial Hall
Stevens Hall
KowhaiSouthland Hall
RimuThe Quarters


Three self-catered options are available and are a great choice for students from second year and above. The flats have Residential Assistants, organized events, sports, security and support when needed.

View the 2020 fees and payment options for The JunctionFarm Road or The Crescent.

Additional Fees and Regulations

Residents are required to pay a deposit within the timeframe set out in the offer (typically one week). This deposit includes a refundable contingency fee (bond) of $400, processing fee of $160 and Residential Life fee of $249. These fees are subject to change so please ensure you review your accommodation offer before accepting it. Residents are liable for all fees for the entire length of their contract period.

Late payments

Disciplinary action may be taken if payment is not made in accordance with the payment schedule.

This may involve exclusion from residence, withholding of exam results, and the deferment of the awarding of any certificate, diploma or degree.

If you’re away from campus

You will need to notify your Residential Assistant (RA) if you will be away from the halls for an extended period of time.

No refund or reduction in halls fees will generally be made for absences, though the Accommodation Manager can waive or reduce any accommodation liability on medical or personal grounds.

Contingency fees (bond)

This is a form of security to ensure residents leave their room and the hall or flat in a reasonable condition at the end of their stay.

The fee is refundable only if a resident remains in residence for the entire length of their contract or other specified period negotiated with the Manager of Accommodation Services.

The contingency fee is refunded to a resident less any costs required to repair damages that cannot be attributed to wear and tear – much like a flatting situation.

Residential Life fee

The Residential Life fee supports our “Res Life Programme” which involves activities and events during the year that encourage interaction between residential students, to have fun and look after their health and wellbeing.