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Homestay accommodation is when a 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 practise English and learn about New Zealand culture in a safe and supportive environment. Homestay is also a good option for other students who would benefit from living in a family environment.
Massey University feels strongly about providing its students with quality accommodation options. We visit each prospective homestay host and carry out a police check on them before they can become approved hosts. Each Massey University homestay student must be provided with 24-hour access to his or her own clean, tidy and warm room which has:
Each homestay student must 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.
Weekly homestay board payable direct to host:
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 $490 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.
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.
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Last updated on Wednesday 13 December 2017
Download or print a copy of the accommodation application form from the link below.
For further information please contact a homestay advisor.