It is essential that you arrange accommodation before you arrive in New Zealand. For more information about accommodation options, please see below.

On-campus Accommodation

Te Henui Lodge provides modern, spacious secure apartment-style accommodation facilities with managers living on-site. Domestic and international students live on-site, offering great immersion language opportunities for those wanting to practice their English, make friends and learn about New Zealand culture. Located on campus, you'll have convenient access to the library, and all the attractions of the central city within easy walking distance. The on-campus accommodation is NOT assessed or monitored by WITT.

Facilities Includes: Swipe card access, large commercial-standard kitchen, café style eating areas; TV Room complete with large screen TV and satellite TV; comfortable lounge areas, coin-operated washing machines and dryers. Security cameras operate.

Room Facilities Includes: Bathroom- toilet, basin and shower ensuite, queen bed or single beds. Fridge, wardrobe, study desk, central heating, phone and internet connections available (fees apply).


Cost: All fees are based on 2020 hostel fees, and may be subject to change. Single rooms NZD$180 per person per week. These costs do not include food or linen. Initial fees include four weeks bond plus one weeks rent in advance. RESIDENTS must be 18 years of age and a minimum stay period of 28 days applies.

NOTE: On-campus accommodation is not suitable for families.

WITT cannot guarantee that rooms at the on-campus hostel will be available and we strongly recommend that students apply for accommodation as soon as possible to ensure they do not miss out on accommodation.

How to Book - You must do this before you arrive in New Zealand

Please email your accommodation request to For more information about Te Henui Lodge, please visit the Te Henui Lodge website. You will receive an email acknowledgement of your reservation.

For further enquiries, please phone +64 6 758 0431.

Homestay Accommodation

Homestay offers a caring family living environment, which can ease the adjustment of living in a new country with different food, language and customs.

Homestay families welcome international students into their homes and this is an ideal choice for students who want to experience living with a New Zealand family. Homestay accommodation is particularly suitable for students who are studying English language.


Homestay accommodation is assessed and monitored by WITT and is "WITT approved" accommodation.

Facilities Include: two meals each day, and includes a private bedroom, study facilities, bed linen and towels (e.g. sheets and blankets) and laundry facilities. Homestay costs do not include personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo and toiletries. The costs of telephone calls to overseas countries are the responsibility of the student and arrangements must be made with the host families for all toll calls. 

Costs: Homestay costs NZD$280 per week. Homestay application fee is NZD$150.

Private Rental Accommodation (Flatting)

Students who wish to live independently can rent an apartment or share a house with others. In a flat, you can have your own room or share with other students. Flats are usually unfurnished. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared. Rent is paid per room with all other expenses (food, power, telephone and internet) along with cooking and cleaning shared.

If you choose this type of accommodation, you will need to find your own rental property, however, we strongly advise you to book the on-campus accommodation prior to arrival to allow you time to arrange alternative accommodation. You can access useful information on the Tenancy Services website that is designed for people who need to know the basics of the law, relating to renting and tenancy. It is especially useful if you are renting for the first time. 

Costs for flats in New Plymouth range from $140-$200 a room per week.

Please note that flats are not WITT assessed accommodation and flatting is not an option for students under 18 years of age.

There are other rental options available through Trade Me.

WITT-Arranged Accommodation

WITT can help you to arrange private accommodation with Home Providers.  This style of accommodation is similar to homestay. You may be living within a family home or in motel type accommodation. You will provide your own food and be self-catering (preparing meals for yourself). 

If you stay with a WITT-arranged Home Provider, you will be provided with the following:  

  • access to kitchen and laundry facilities,
  • access to WIFI,
  • bed linen and towels (e.g. sheets and blankets),

All personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo and toiletries are not included.  

Please contact the WITT Accommodation Officer for more information on the options available and costs. A one off accommodation application fee of $150 applies.

Backpackers Accommodation 

Backpacker accommodation options include Ariki Backpackers, Dukes & Drakes Backpackers and Sunflower Lodge.

General Living Expenses In New Plymouth

Prices listed below are approximate only.

Food $70-100 per week
Local bus fares FREE to WITT students
Movies $12-$15
Restaurant dinner $20-$40 pp
Laundry $2 per load
Internet $60-$80 per household

Fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) unless stated otherwise. 

Advice and Support

For advice and support on accommodation options please contact:

Phone: +64 6 757 3100