Te whare o Ōtautahi Ōtautahi House

Otatutahi house

Ōtautahi House offers rooms for 192 students in modern attractive apartments and is situated right next to our Madras Street Campus. It is close to amenities such as large supermarkets, a chemist, public transport, and is only a ten minute walk to Hagley Park. Ōtautahi House is a great place to stay whilst you are studying at Ara.

Staying at Ōtautahi House allows you to flat share with a group of students from around New Zealand and the world, make new friends and share new experiences.

Apartments are attractive and comfortable with modern facilities. There are a total of 36 secure apartments, each offering single bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen, showers and toilets.

You have your own room which is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, mirror and drawers. 

The communal kitchens have a fridge/freezer, microwave and stove. Bathroom amenities consist of two showers, two vanity units and two toilets and there are coin operated laundry facilities on the 2nd and 3rd floors of blocks A & B.

Bathrooms are cleaned every day. You are responsible for keeping your own room and flat tidy and clean.

Blocks A and B have a phone in the lounge for making free local calls. If you reside in block A or B, you’ll need to source broadband through your choice of provider. If you’re in block C, D or E, Wi-Fi is included.

Support is available through the Student Support Office while you are here. You will also have someone assigned from the Student Support Office to offer you pastoral care whilst you stay at the house.

Ōtautahi House has house rules based on consideration and respect for others to allow it to function effectively and to ensure your academic success and enjoyment.

How to apply

Send a completed application form before October 31 for the following year.

As rooms are limited, you should not wait until you are accepted onto a course before applying to live at Ōtautahi House. You will be notified in November or December whether your application has been successful or not. Students seeking accommodation during the year should enquire as vacancies may occur.

Payment options

If accepted, a bond must be paid to confirm your room booking. If you are accepted into the accommodation but are subsequently unable to take the programme of study you have applied for, the bond will be refunded provided notice is given by the withdrawal date deadline.

There are five options available to pay for your rent at Otautahi House:

  • Pay the full amount at the start of your studies by cheque or direct payment
  • Pay half of the fees at the start of your studies and the other half in June/July
  • Pay quarter of the fees at the start of each term (a payment schedule will be provided)
  • Fortnightly automatic payments (this will require a guarantor)
  • Weekly automatic payments (this will require a guarantor).

Holiday periods and work experience time are charged.

Social activities are arranged throughout the year, such as barbecues, pizza nights, a quiz competition and an end of year function. An activities fee covers the cost of these events.

There is on-site parking available, however this is limited.


Domestic Fees

  • Bond - 2 weeks rent (refundable)
  • Activities fee - $150 (non-refundable)
  • Administration fee - $200
  • Rent (including power)  – $180-190 per week
  • Food – shared cost with other flatmates
  • Parking (limited parking available) – $15 per week (a Ballot will be held to allocate limited parking space)

International Fees

  • Food – shared cost with other flatmates
  • Bond- $380
  • Activities fee- $150
  • Administration fee- $200
  • Rent (including power)- $190 per weekFull international fees of $10,570 NZD needs to be paid before arrival.

All Fees are in New Zealand Dollars.

Entry requirements

You must be a full time student studying at Ara.

Contact details

Phone03 940 8238
Fax03 940 8642


Otautahi House
279 St Asaph St

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