Find a place to stay in Browns Bay or nearby while you study in Unique New Zealand.

Choosing accommodation


You should think about:

  • How long you need to stay (short-term or long-term)
  • If you want to live by yourself or with other people
  • How close you want to be to shops and transport
  • How much it will cost you to travel to Unique New Zealand

Short-term accommodation may be a good option if you are new to Auckland and want somewhere to stay while you settle in and look for longer-term accommodation.

Long-term accommodation is more cost-effective. You should expect to pay a ‘bond’ (security deposit) and some rent in advance. You get your bond back at the end of your stay if you leave the property in good condition.

Renting a studio or one-bedroom apartment

If you prefer to live alone or as a couple, a studio or one-bedroom apartment is your best option.
You will have to pay for your own electricity, internet and sometimes water. Check photos carefully, as sometimes a listing for a one-bedroom apartment is actually a studio. 

Flat sharing 

A cheaper option than renting your own apartment or house is to share private accommodation with other people. Sharing a place or ‘flatting’ involves having a private bedroom and sharing the kitchen, bathroom and lounge/dining areas. You also share other costs such as electricity, internet and water.

If you already know of others looking at flatting, you can look for 2+ bedroom apartment or house together. Read advertisements carefully as the price quoted is generally for rent only and electricity, internet and water are extra.

Alternatively, you can search for ‘flatmates wanted’ advertisements to find a person or group who have a flat already established and are looking for someone to fill one bedroom.


You can rent a lockable room that provides a bed, small fridge, desk and chair, wardrobe and sometimes your own bathroom (bathrooms are often shared, however). Utilities such as laundry, kitchen and living are shared. There are a number of these in varying sizes and prices, and they usually include electricity and water. You will have to pay for internet and laundry yourself.

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Know your tenancy rights –

The listed alternative accommodation options are available for students above 18 ONLY. Unique New Zealand takes no responsibility for booking, payment or monitoring of the above mentioned alternative accomodation.