• Cost
    $13,272 - $14,280 per year
    $13,272 - $14,280
    per year
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    17-19 years
  • Catering
  • Walking time
    5 minutes to campus
    5 minutes
    to campus

Kāinga Rua provides a supportive community environment and is a great stepping stone for students adjusting to university life, with the option of single or large single rooms with ensuites, self-catering, and shared kitchens and lounges.


  • Single or large single rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Suitable for first year students aged 17 to 21 years
  • Fully furnished
  • Meal packages available
  • Wifi in all rooms and common areas
  • Residents share lounges, kitchens, laundries and outdoor courtyard
  • Car parking available
  • Accommodation is available for students with accessibility requirements
  • Easy walking distance to Massey University’s Wellington campus, city centre and transport links

Rooms and furniture


Kāinga Rua’s modern, spacious rooms are accessed from an external walkway surrounding a central courtyard.

Large singles are larger rooms offering more storage possibilities, they are suited to residents who need more equipment for their courses.

Each room includes:

  • all rooms have a double bed
  • ensuite bathroom with shower
  • secure, lockable doors and windows that open
  • radiator heating
  • wardrobe
  • desk and chair
  • shelving
  • small fridge.

Items you should bring

You should bring your own bedding, towels and cleaning materials. To use our communal kitchens, basic chattels are needed. Our team will email each resident a useful list of suggested chattels a few weeks prior to move-in day.

International students will receive a room pack containing bedding, towels and essential utensils.


Kainga Rua is self-catered accommodation; however you can purchase a meal package.

Meals are served at Tussock Café, located in the heart of the campus or they can be taken away. The café offers a diverse range of food options, simply order with everybody else but pay by presenting your Hospitality meal package ID card.

Your meal package provides you with a $60 credit for each week of the term from orientation week onwards. If you don't use the full credit each week it will be accrued during study weeks only, and expires on the last exam day of the year/semester.

Meal packages for 2023.
Full Year Meal Package Semester 1 Meal Package Semester 2 Meal Package
$1,500 $780 $720

Communal spaces

Kāinga Rua has two common areas shared by residents of the hall’s two blocks, which are called Whare and Nui.

Both include a spacious lounge with couches and a TV, dining area with several tables and chairs, large kitchens for self-catering students, a separate movie room with projectors and bean bags, and games. Kitchens are open daily from 7am to 10pm.

Kāinga Rua has a central outdoor courtyard with a lawn, picnic tables and a basketball hoop. Shared laundries are free to use.

Car parking and bike storage

Kāinga Rua has 28 car parks. To secure a car park, contact residential staff before you arrive.

Bicycles can be stored for free at an outdoor bike rack.

Public transport

Kāinga Rua's central Wellington location is close to many major transport links, including the city’s bus network, trains and ferries.


Kāinga Rua allows alcohol in rooms only. However, spirits and hard liquors, and alcohol in large quantities such as beer kegs, crates or casks of wine, are not allowed.

2023 pricing

2023 pricing for Kāinga Rua.
Room type Full year* Semester *
Single room $13,272 $7,229
Large Single room $14,280 $7,783

* Pricing excludes deposit.

Room rates include:

  • wifi
  • Laundry facilities
  • electricity (residents who use more than a reasonable amount of electricity will be charged extra)
  • an activity fee that contributes to social events and activities at Kāinga Rua throughout the academic year.

Please note that meals are not included in room rates, but a meal package can be purchased separately.

Payment options

Domestic students can choose from two payment options.

  • Deposit and full payment for the 42-week agreement.
  • Deposit and one payment, then 36 weekly payments of $200 from 2 March 2023 to 2 November 2023.

International students must pay all accommodation fees in full.


To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay a deposit by the date stated in your letter of offer.

The deposit is $1,171 for domestic students and $1,450 for international students.

Deposit breakdown for Kāinga Rua

Deposit breakdown for Kāinga Rua
Deposit break down Full year One semester (international
Processing Fee $100 $100
Bond (refundable when contract
$600 $600
Activity fee $120 $90
Internet $330 $185
Mattress protector $21 $21
Room pack (international
students only)
$300 $300
Total Domestic $1,171, International $1,450 Domestic $996,  International $1,275

Withdrawals for Kainga Rua must be received by 23 January 2023 to secure a refund of fees – the processing fee is non-refundable.

2023 occupancy

Your accommodation contract term must reflect your study programme – if your programme of study is full year you must apply for full year accommodation.

These are the contract dates for 2023.

Domestic students

Domestic students contract dates at Kāinga Rua 2023.
Term Start Date End Date Duration
Full Year 19 February 2023 10 December 2023 42 Weeks

International students

International students contract dates at Kāinga Rua 2023.
Term Start Date End Date Duration
Full Year 12 February 2023 3 December 2023 42 Weeks
Semester 1 12 February 2023 6 July 2023 21 Weeks
Semester 2 9 July 2023 3 December 2023 21 Weeks

Take a virtual tour of Whare - single room at Kāinga Rua

Take a virtual tour of Whare common room at Kāinga Rua

Take a virtual tour of Nui common room at Kāinga Rua


217 Taranaki Street, Mount Cook, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Kāinga Rua


+64 4 801 5799 extension 63355

Emergency phone

0800 574 255 (Duty Residential Assistant)


Physical address
217 Taranaki Street
Mt Cook
Wellington 6021
New Zealand

Postal address
Kāinga Rua Hall Massey University
217 Taranaki Street
Mt Cook
Wellington 6021
New Zealand

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