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 accommodation selected and session. Housing at the University of Canterbury costs approximately $4,200 (subject to change).

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 of the university or conveniently located near public transit routes.

Students participating in the ISA program at the University of Canterbury have the opportunity to live in apartment-style dormitories, run by the university. These apartments are fully furnished, self-catering, and co-ed, with three to six bedrooms. Bed linens are provided, though towels are not, and laundry facilities are available in each flat. Internet access is available at student's expense. Accommodation locations provide easy access to grocery stores and other amenities.

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.