If you’re moving to Auckland or Hamilton from out of town to study with us (or you’re just plain itching to move out of home), we can help you find accommodation. Flatting is usually the cheapest option. If you move into an already-established flat you probably won’t have to put your name on the tenancy agreement. This makes it easier to move out when you want to.
Here are some great websites to get you started:
If you’d prefer to rent a property yourself, StudyLink may be able to help with start-up costs like the bond. Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, book an appointment with them. Prepare a budget to show them so they can see whether or not you can afford to pay the rent. Also take in your tenancy agreement. A tenancy agreement (or lease) is a binding contract, so it’s important you don’t sign anything (or even verbally agree to anything) until you’re sure it’s what you want. There are two types of leases – fixed term or periodical. In a fixed term lease you’re responsible for the property (and paying the rent) for the agreed time period. If your circumstances change and you need to move out, it’s still up to you to pay the rent until you find someone the property manager agrees to, who is willing to take over the lease. With a periodical lease, you just need to give three weeks notice if you want to move out.
For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant check out
http://www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy-index or call 0800 tenancy (838362) Take a look at these websites for some good rental properties: www.realestate.co.nz www.trademe.co.nz (property) Student Support
The Phoenix Program: Strengthen your Life Skills. To help you focus on your learning, NZMA offers presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of fields. These presentations will boost your knowledge in areas like budgeting, health and wellbeing and effective communication. They will also highlight different New Zealand laws and regulations, like our tax system and employment law.
If you are experience any issues that you feel are hindering your learning journey, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor.
As well as asking your student advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:
As well as asking your Student Enrolment Advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:
Citizens Advice Bureau – their lovely staff will help you find what you’re looking for and they have an onsite Justice of the Peace, who can verify copies of important documents. Phone 0800 367222.
Department of Building and Housing
Tenancy advice line - usually when you go flatting in New Zealand you have to sign a contract, or a lease. If you have any questions about your rights and regulations as a tenant, contact your NZMA Student Enrolment Advisor or call the tenancy phone line: Call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62).
YouthLaw – for free answers to your legal questions phone 0800 UTHLAW (884 529).
Student Enrolment Advisors: Each NZMA Campus has a team of Student Enrolment Advisors to make sure you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals.
Click here to meet the student support advisors at your nearest NZMA Campus.