International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Housing Information

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 2 - 8 minutes, depending on housing and class locations.

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.

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.


ISA students studying at Massey University in Palmerston North live in one of the university's on-campus Halls of Residence. These halls are co-ed and have single rooms and shared bathrooms and include full or partial meal plans, depending on which option is selected. The halls have common spaces and kitchens for student use. Linens are provided and laundry facilities are available on-site. Students have internet access in their dorms, though connection and rental may involve additional charges.

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.

Summer Program: The cost of accommodation is included in the expedition program fee. Students will be staying in hotels and hostels in the various cities included in the program.

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.