Summer Program: The cost of housing is included in the New Zealand Studies Summer Program price. ISA student studying at the University of Otago for the New Zealand Studies Summer Program have the opprotunity to live in student apartments maintained by the university with other international students. These off-campus apartments are self-catered, fully furnished and co-ed, with four to six single-occupancy bedrooms. Bed linens are provided, though towels are not, and laundry facilities are available on site. Internet access is provided.
Semester/Year Program: Housing is provided on all ISA semester programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost. There are a range of housing options and costs vary according to accomodation selected and session. Housing at the University of Otago costs approximately $3,300 (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 or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five and fifteen minutes depending on housing and class locations.
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.
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.