International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Housing Information

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost. There are a range of housing options and costs vary according to host university, accomodation selected and session.

A Housing Commitment Fee of $1,000 must be paid by the Final Forms and Payment due date. This fee is nonrefundable after the payment due date and is applied to overall housing costs. The total housing cost will be billed 3-4 weeks prior to the program's departure, once a housing assignment has been allocated.

ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the New Zealand lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of New Zealand. All ISA Housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five to twenty minutes depending on housing and class locations.

Dorms and Student Residences:
ISA students have the option to live in apartments with other international students, as well as students from New Zealand. Student housing is assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Students living in a dorm will have a single or shared room. They will share bathroom and kitchen facilities with 5-8 other students as well as a coin operated laundry room located within or near the dorm. Each residence hall includes additional facilities such as music, study, and game rooms. Bedding is provided in some instances but not in others. Each residence hall is equipped with DSL or wireless internet access.

A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option will be responsible for their own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.

The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in New Zealand and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility.