Auckland Homestay

Homestay accommodation is when a  Massey student lives with a local family in the family’s home. Homestay is very popular for international students because this environment gives them the opportunity to practice English and learn about New Zealand culture in a safe and supportive environment.

Please note:

  • All international students under the age of 18 must live in Massey-approved homestay, designated caregiver accommodation, or with their parents. 
  • All Massey University approved homestay accommodation is compliant with the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

Massey University feels strongly about providing students with quality Homestay accommodation options. We visit each prospective Homestay host and carry out a police check on them before they can become approved hosts.

As a Massey University Homestay student you will be provided with 24-hour access to your own clean, tidy and warm room which has:

  • a bed and linen (laundered weekly)
  • a heater
  • desk, chair and reading lamp
  • pillows, blankets and towels
  • at least one set of drawers and a wardrobe
  • power points
  • a working smoke detector

You will also have access to a kitchen, a telephone, bathroom, toilet, laundry facilities, living and dining rooms.

At all campuses, students are provided with morning, lunch and evening meals by their Homestay hosts.

In Auckland, most hosts live within a distance of 45 minutes by bus from the campus. You should therefore expect to travel up to 45 minutes to reach the campus. In Auckland this is a normal travel time for commuting.

Auckland homestay costs 2018

  • $245 homestay administration fee (non-refundable)
  • $580 board advancement fee (non-refundable)
  • $210 under 18 homestay administration fee (non-refundable)
  • $245 designated caregiver administration fee (non-refundable)

Weekly homestay board payable direct to host:

  • $290 per week (3 meals per day, 7 days per week) and unlimited internet
Appyling for homestay accommodation

You must apply for homestay accommodation. When you submit your application you will need to pay a $245 homestay administration fee (non-refundable) which covers the initial homestay placement and $580 homestay board advancement fee (non-refundable) which will be paid to your homestay host for your first two weeks board upon arrival in the homestay.  Both these fees must be paid before any homestay arrangements are made.  Under 18 year old international students must pay a $210 under 18 homestay administration fee which is non-refundable. 

Designated Caregiver Accommodation

Under 18 year old international students requesting designated caregiver accommodation must pay a non-refundable $245 designated caregiver administration fee and the $210 under 18 administration fee which is non-refundable. 

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the homestay costs per week apply to individual students and not students participating in international study tours or group courses.

Massey University is committed to providing a safe and happy homestay environment for students. Homestay accommodation advisers are always available to help and give advice to students and their families.

Homestay accommodation application form

Download or print a copy of the accommodation application form from the link below.

Homestay accommodation application form (81 KB)


Contact a homestay advisor

For further information please contact a homestay advisor.


  • Susanna Mitton, DDI +64 9 414 0800 extension 43487
  • Prue Innes, DDI +64 9 414 0800 extension 43158


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