Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand is located in the center of Wellington city. While we do not operate an accommodation placement service we are able to recommend a range of options close to the school, and are happy to provide advice and assistance if required.
All New Zealand students and international students who are over the age of 18 have the option of securing accommodation before they arrive, or booking into short term accommodation for one or two weeks while they get settled, and then making a decision about where they would like to live.
The benefit of moving into short term accommodation first is that it gives students the opportunity to inspect facilities before making a long term commitment. However, students who would like the security of having their long term accommodation sorted out in advance may prefer to secure a place prior to arrival.
Below is a description of some of the accommodation types and approximate rates. While standards will vary, all of the accommodation options outlined in this document have been assessed by Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand as being of an acceptable standard.
Budget hotels and backpackers
For short-term stays, students may wish to use backpacker or budget hotel accommodation. This is a great option for those who are unsure about where they would like to live, and allows students to have a look at a range of options before making a long term commitment. Prices start at approximately $30/night for a bed in a secure dormitory to approximately $70/night (minimum 7 days) for serviced studio apartment. However, bear in mind that budget hotels and backpackers inns are for those who are more socially active and outgoing as you will be living in a mix with other young professionals and students. If you value your quiet time, this may not be a good fit.
Hostel living is a very convenient accommodation option as it allows students to live close to the campus in a warm and comfortable environment. The following table has a list of accommodation providers that provide single rooms with shared facilities, all within easy walking distance of the school. Hostel rooms are usually (but not always) furnished with a bed, desk and wardrobe, with communal spaces for cooking and relaxing with other students. Hostel living is a great way to meet other students and a good option for those who want to be located close to the school and the vibrant dining and entertainment district in Wellington. However, bear in mind that student hostel living are for those who are more socially active and outgoing as you will be living in a mix with other university students. If you value your quiet time, this may not be a good fit.
Student Accommodation / Apartments
There are many studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments close to the school. All have their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. The level of comfort is very high. Apartments can be furnished or unfurnished. Prices start around $250 per week for a studio or one bedroom apartment. The cost of one room in two to three bedroom apartments starts at around $200 per week.
Some apartments are managed through private letting agencies. A list of letting agencies is provided below:
Private Flatting / House Sharing
Students can share rental accommodation with other students. This is called 'flatting' and suits some people very well. The cost of this sort of accommodation will vary along with the quality. Private rental accommodation usually suits students who have been in New Zealand for some time, and who would like increased independence. Students can expect to pay anywhere from $120 to $200 rent per week for a room in a flat (house) and then pay a share of the other costs such as power and food in addition to rent. Most flats are unfurnished. Three to 6 weeks refundable bond are will be required. We recommend previewing accommodations prior to signing an agreement. The following websites have accommodation listings- please note some agents charge a letting fee:
Staying with a homestay family is a good option for international students that want to live in a family environment and practice their English. Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand works with a partner institute to provide high quality Homestay services. All families are assessed for suitability, and each family has a contractual obligation to meet minimum standards, for example a warm and comfortable bedroom, and a friendly and comfortable environment. Homestay houses are not usually situated within walking distance of the Cordon Bleu campus, and students applying for homestay accommodation should be prepared to travel up to 35 minutes by public transport. Weekly homestay fees are for full board and include 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.
- Under 18 years: One-off Placement & Administration fee: $350 / Weekly fee: $250
- 18 years and Over: One-off Placement & Administration fee: $350 / Weekly fee: $240
Students that request Homestay Accommodation will be referred to our partner who will arrange Homestay placement.
Note: New Zealand government regulations require international students under the age of 18 stay in Homestay accommodation
We have a dedicated staff member who can help you with advice and guidance on different types of accommodation in Wellington. If you need help finding somewhere suitable to stay, we are happy to help.