Stellaris PTE does not arrange or promote any student accommodation. There are two main options from which students can choose regarding their accommodation: homestay or renting privately.

For private accommodation listings, visit Trade Me Tauranga.

Renting privately

Rental houses and apartments are available throughout town and near bus routes, shopping and entertainment. Visit for quick access to renting information, which outlines important rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants.

It is required under New Zealand law that Stellaris PTE maintains current records of its international students’ accommodation details and addresses. Therefore, it is your responsibility to advise the International office immediately of any change to your accommodation address and/or phone numbers.

Cost of Living in New Zealand and Preparing Financially

It is important that you are financially prepared for your stay in New Zealand, especially if you are not planning to work.

In New Zealand the word “flatting” means to rent a house with others (flatmates). This can be with students, friends or strangers. You and your flatmates will be responsible for securing your own furniture, sharing the cost of power, water, telephone and other bills. Cooking your own meals, doing your own laundry and maintaining the rental agreement are some of the other responsibilities you will have to undertake.

Approximate costs in New Zealand dollars to rent a three-person flat. Each person (per month)

Rent $500

Power $60

Telephone (non-mobile/no tolls) $15 Gas heating $30 Food $300 Totals $905

This equates to approximately NZ$210 per person per week.

It can take some time to find a flat to rent. You may need to stay in temporary accommodation for the first two to four weeks after arriving in New Zealand. A city backpackers might be your best option while you search for a flat. Please ensure you have enough money for living expenses in case you do not find a job in Tauranga straight away.

Stellaris PTE has not assessed or approved any of the above accommodation options.