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 SkillsTo 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.
All NZMA students have access to free counselling for any personal and psychological issues. These issues can be explored safely with Amy Prebble, a professional counsellor and NZMA’s Student Support Coordinator. This service is 100% confidential.
Helpful Agencies/ Organisations/ Services:
As well as asking your student 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 NZMA’s Student Support Coordinator Amy Prebble 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 Support Advisors Each NZMA Campus has a team of student support advisors to make sure you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. They’ll assist you with everything from building your confidence and finalising loans and allowances, to helping you with personal issues. They’ll work through any StudyLink or WINZ (Work & Income New Zealand) issues with you, and can even help you find childcare!
Click here to meet the student support advisors at your nearest NZMA Campus Domestic Scholarships
NZMA Auckland South and Waikato Campuses offer three scholarships each year to local high school students. Up for grabs are Merit scholarships (which recognise academic excellence) and Needs scholarships (which give financial assistance to students who otherwise couldn’t afford tertiary level studies).
Take a look and see if you might be eligible for one of them.
• Merit Scholarship – study the one-year Level 5 National Diploma in Business
and we’ll knock $1000 off your course fees • Merit Scholarship – study the two-year Level 5 National Diploma in HospitalityManagement and we’ll discount your course fees by $1000 each year • Needs Scholarship – enrol on a Level 3 and 4 certificate programme and you’ll get a $1000 discount NZMA pays the money straight to your account.
Each scholarship is awarded twice a year, in April and September. Click here for the Scholarship Application Form Refund Policy for Domestic Students
Student Support Advisors
Each NZMA academy has a dedicated team of Student Support Advisors to ensure you receive all the help and support you need to succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. Your Student Support Advisor will assist you with everything from building your confidence and finalising loans and allowances, to helping with your personal issues. They can assist with any StudyLink or WINZ (Work & Income New Zealand) issues and can even help you find childcare.
How to Apply
Applying is super-easy – and we’re here to help you every step of the way! First off, give one of our student support advisors a call on 0800 222 833 to have a chat about a course that interests you. They’ll make a time for you to come in and meet them, check out the campus and get a feel for the place. They’ll also give you lots of great information about the course and options for further study and employment. They’ll go through any entitlements you may have for public transport discounts and give you information about WINZ and StudyLink.
If you’re keen to enrol you can sit a short assessment which includes basic English and maths (as well as typing if you’re enrolling in business or contact centre). Then your enrolment forms will be signed and you’ll be given a pack which includes your student handbook. We’ll also help you lodge any applications for loans and allowances (just remember to bring your birth certificate or passport, IRD number and bank account details). The whole process only takes about an hour – it could be the most life-changing hour you ever spend! Your student support advisor will stay in touch with you during the weeks before your course starts. If you have any problems, they are there to help.
Paying out a refund
If a student withdraws within eight working days of their course starting they’ll be refunded all their tuition fees, less $500
If a student withdraws on day nine or later of the course, they would only be eligible for a refund in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Director of Domestic Students.
Students must submit their application for a refund within one month of the last day they attended. No refund will be made if the student has been expelled, wants to transfer to another school, or has not filled out an accurate enrolment application and has had their contract terminated.
Written confirmation of withdrawal
Before processing a fee refund, NZMA may ask the student to provide written confirmation of the withdrawal from their parents, guardian (if under 18 years old), or agent. If a student has obtained a bank loan for the purpose of studying at NZMA, we may also require confirmation that the lender consents to the withdrawal.
Discontinuation of a programme
If NZMA decides, for any reason, to discontinue a course before the planned start date, all paid tuition fees will be fully refunded. The student will have no other claim against NZMA. Paying out a refund
If NZMA receives student fees via an education consultant or directly from a member of a student’s family, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the party that paid them.
If we’re aware that a student has obtained a bank loan to attend NZMA, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the relevant lending bank unless otherwise instructed by that bank.
Any refund of fees which were paid by a student loan will be paid directly to StudyLink.
Homestay fee refunds
Students are entitled to either give two weeks notice or forfeit two weeks of homestay fees. The remainder of the fees will then be refunded to the student.