International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Housing Information

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost.

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 once a housing assignment has been allocated, typically around the Final Forms and Payment Deadline

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.

Student Residence
Students participating in the ISA program at the University of Canterbury have the opportunity to live in a co-ed, apartment-style student residence, run by the university. Students will not live in the same apartment as other ISA students. Students will live with three to six other international and local students in a fully furnished apartment - students will have their own bedroom, but share a bathroom, kitchen, and living room with their flatmates. Meals are not included. Bed linens are provided, though towels are not, and laundry facilities are available in each flat. Internet access is in each residence - students receive 100gb per month of internet data, but can purchase more if needed. Accommodation is located just across from campus and provides 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.