• Cost
    $341 - $363 per week
    $341 - $363
    per week
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    17-23 year olds
    year olds
  • Catering
  • Walking time
    7 minutes to campus
    7 minutes
    to campus

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


  • Standard single room or large single room both with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Suitable for students aged 17 to 23 years
  • Furnished
  • Tussock meal packages available on Massey Campus
  • Internet/wifi in all rooms and common areas
  • Community shared lounges, kitchens, laundries
  • A lovely outdoor courtyard with grass areas
  • Car parking available
  • Massey gym membership
  • Easy walking distance to Massey University’s Wellington campus, city centre and transport links.

Rooms and furniture


Kāinga Rua’s spacious rooms are accessed from an external walkway surrounding a beautiful central courtyard, halls of residence style.

Our large single rooms offer more storage possibilities, they are suited to residents who need more equipment for their courses.

Each room includes:

  • a double bed
  • ensuite bathroom with shower (residents must supply their own shower curtain)
  • secure, lockable doors and windows that open
  • radiator heating
  • wardrobe
  • desk and chair
  • shelving
  • small fridge.

Items you should bring

Along with clothing and personal items, you should also bring:

  • Bed linen, including pillows, comforter/duvet (you can order a bedding pack when you accept your offer of place)
  • Towels
  • Coat hangers
  • Toiletries and toiletry bag
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry powder/liquid
  • Cleaning products
  • An electric fan for the summer
  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet brush
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery (cups, plates, bowls)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Chopping board
  • Saucepans and frying pans
  • Container to take your items to the kitchen.


Kainga Rua is self-catered accommodation, however you can purchase a Tussock meal package on Massey Campus.

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 2024.
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 $3 per wash and $3 per dry.

Car parking and bike storage

Kāinga Rua has 28 car parks. You can indicate whether you would like a car park when accepting your offer. We prioritise nursing students/ students who require a car park for their studies.

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 moderate drinking in the common lounge areas only on the allocated evenings of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during permitted hours. However, spirits and hard liquors, and alcohol in large quantities such as beer kegs, crates or casks of wine, are not allowed.

2024 pricing

2024 pricing for Kāinga Rua.
Room type Full year* Semester 1* Semester 2*
Standard single room $14,322 $6,479 $7,502
Large single room $15,246 $6,897 $7,986

Room rates include:

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

Payment options

You can pre-pay by semester or full year. Domestic students are also able to pay on a weekly basis by direct debit.


After you have applied for accommodation and your application has been successful, you will need to pay a deposit by the offer expiry date stated in your letter of offer to secure your place.

The deposit is $762 for a full year or $722 for one semester.

Deposit breakdown for Kāinga Rua

Deposit breakdown for Kāinga Rua
Deposit break down Full year One semester (international
Processing Fee $120 $120
Bond (refundable when contract ends if no damage or arrears) $500 $500
Activity fee $120 $80
Mattress protector $22 $22
Total $762 $722

To secure a refund of the bond, mattress protector and activity fee, cancellations must be received by :

  • 1 December 2023 for returning halls residents
  • 22 January 2024 for new hall residents.

The processing fee is non-refundable.

Payment options

Payment options for 2024 will be available from 29 September 2023

2024 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 2024.

Contract dates at Kāinga Rua 2024.
Term Start Date End Date Duration
Full Year 18 February 2024 8 December 2024 42 Weeks
Semester 1 18 February 2024 30 June 2024 19 Weeks
Semester 2 7 July 2024 8 December 2024 22 Weeks
NZ School of Dance & Massey Nursing Students 28 January 2024 8 December 2024 45 Weeks

Please note: NZ School of Dance & Massey nursing students

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

Kāinga Rua direct dial – After-hours emergency

0800 574 255 (calls Residential Assistant on duty)


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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