Other accommodation options


New Zealand Education Adviser Services (NZEAS) has arrangements with accommodation suppliers to provide Ara students with fully furnished rooms in houses, flats, hostels and apartments.

All accommodations have a furnished lounge, TV with Sky, a sitting area, a furnished kitchen with all utensils, dining area, laundry facilities and self-catering and wi-fi access. Each bedroom has a bed, desk, study lamp, heater and wardrobe.

Students in these accommodations are responsible for the supply of their own bedding and must provide a mattress protector. The minimum tenancy is four weeks, although long term tenancy is preferred. Tenancy requirements are one week rent, three weeks bond and a letting fee of $145. The weekly rental is inclusive of power and internet.

Please note: The accommodation listed below is not approved by Ara for students under the age of 18. Ara does not provide an endorsement or a guarantee on the suitability of the accommodation, nor will it advocate on behalf of a renter who may have a grievance. The rooms are not monitored, inspected or administered by Ara. Ara students should be aware of their legal obligations when undertaking an accommodation contract which is within the jurisdiction of the Residential Tenancy or Boarding House Acts of Parliament.

Students can contact New Zealand Education Adviser Services (NZEAS) for more information on any of the flat-share accommodation options below.

Riccarton (28 rooms)

10 minutes by bus. This property is near Westfield Mall and consists of five single rooms, 18 double rooms and five rooms with en suite. Rental is from $160 to $180/week ($200 for en suite).

St Albans (10 rooms)

12 minutes by bus. 10 fully furnished bedrooms with separate lounge, dining and fully equipped kitchen with full catering facilities. Rental is from $160 to $180/week.

Northlands (11 rooms)

23 minutes by bus. This property consists of 11 furnished single to large rooms with fully furnished lounge, kitchen and living area. Rental is from $150 to $200/ week.

Waltham (14 rooms)

15 minute walk to either Ara campus. This 1930s property consists of 11 furnished, single to large rooms with a fully furnished lounge, kitchen and living area. Room rental is from $140 to $170 per week.

City (7 rooms +2 sleep-outs)

10 minute walk to Ara. The character building has been completely refurbished and tastefully decorated. Weekly rental is from $150 - $180.

Merivale (8 bedrooms)

15 minute by bus. The property consists of eight bedrooms close to Merivale shopping centre. This double storey house is extensively refurbished. Weekly rates range from $160 to $215.

Self-contained 1 & 2 bedroom units and rental houses

These are available from time to time but priority is given to long term tenants. Rates start at $250/week.

For enquiries or current availability of any of these facilities and others, please email: chan@nz-education.com at NZEAS Accommodation Centre (homestay and flat-share).


Possible accommodation options for students studying at the Timaru Campus, temporary or long term.

North Haven Hostel

  • 91 North Street
  • Intl Tel: +64-3-688 0419
  • Manager – David Bruce

Anchor Motels and Timaru Backpackers

  • 42 - 44 Evans Street
  • Intl Tel: +64-3-684 5067
  • Email: stay@anchormotel.co.nz
  • Free Phone 0508 227 654 (for reservations only)
  • Hosts: Sandy & Greg

1873 Wanderer Backpackers

  • 24 Evans Street
  • Intl Tel: +64-3-688 8795
  • Hosts: Sonya and Greg

The City Boarding House

  • 63 Stafford Street
  • Intl Tel: +64-3-684 3808