Homestays are an excellent way to experience New Zealand culture. If you decide to Homestay, you will live with a New Zealand family, who will help you introduce you to New Zealand and Dunedin. They will provide a furnished room, food and laundry as well as lots of information about your new surroundings. English Advantage is happy to set up a Homestay for you . All of our Homestay families speak English as a first language, and it can be a wonderful way to improve your English.
Belleknowes Lodge is a great alternative to living with a homestay if you are looking for more independence. There are communal facilities available for all tenants, including kitchen, dining and lounge facilities with Plasma TVs, bathroom, laundry and a games room with table tennis facilities. Rooms single to king-size fully furnished (some with en suites). The weekly price includes power, unlimited WiFi and water. Please go to their website for further details.
If you need a place to stay when you first arrive in New Zealand, while you look for a flat or homestay, or more permanent accommodation here is a list of some inexpensive, short term accommodation options near the city centre. :
|Name||Phone||Web site||Dunedin Central Backpackers||(03) 477-7066
|Chalet Backpackers||(03) 479-2075
|Elm Lodge||(03) 474-1872
|Manor House Backpackers||(03) 477-1484
|On Top Backpackers||(03) 477-6121 Fax (03) 477-6141||http://www.ontopbackpackers.co.nz|
Flatting is another popular option of accommodation. When you flat, you can live alone, with a friend, or you can join a flat with several other people you do not know. Flats are sometimes furnished and sometimes unfurnished. Make sure you find the right one for your needs.
Dunedin is a student-friendly city and there are many flats in and around the city. The cost of flatting can vary greatly from about $110 per /week (for a room in a house) to $300/week (for a house-usually split among several friends). Additionally, you normally need to pay several weeks rent in advance and also a security bond (which is normally returned to you at the end of your tenancy).
It is important to remember that these fees only include the flat or room. They do not include electricity, phone, food, or laundry. You will have to budget separately for those.
Electricity costs can vary from as little as $50/month to as much NZ $300/month. Basic local phone service is about $30/month with additional charges for long distance or international calls or internet service.
If you decide to flat, pick up a brochure from EnglishAdvantage about Tenancy Services. It will inform you of your rights and responsibilities when you flat. Tenancy Services can also act as a mediator between you and a landlord.