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 accomodation selected and session. Housing at the University of Waikato costs approximately $4,900 (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 ten minutes depending on housing and class locations.
ISA students studying at the University of Waikato have the opportunity to live in the university dorms. These dorms are co-ed and fully furnished with single-occupancy bedrooms and include a meal plan that offers three meals every day. Bathroom facilities are shared. A duvet, blanket, and a pillow are provided. Students can hire bed linens for the year and exchange their lines weekly. Towels are not provided, and coin-operated laundry facilities are available on site. Computers with internet access are available in the building, though internet access is not available in student bedrooms.
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.