Application advice

Check out our tips for applying for a hall of residence.

Heads of halls choose applicants according to our guaranteed offer and equity criteria. They work towards creating a diverse hall community by considering gender balance, cultural diversity, degree type, and geographical representation.

We do take your requests into account when we make our decisions, so spend time on your application.

Get started early

Each year we generally receive more hall applications than the number of beds available.

To increase your chances of getting a place in a hall, start your application early. The earlier you submit your application, the faster it can be processed and the more time we have to sort out any issues.

Special requirements

If you have special requirements, note them on your application. This helps us make sure you have selected the best hall for your needs.

Your requirements might be dietary, related to an impairment or disability, medical, cultural, or religious. If you have questions, contact us.

Choosing halls

We advise against selecting only our most popular halls in your hall choices (Capital Hall, Katharine Jermyn Hall and Te Puni Village). These halls usually fill their spaces quickly and you may increase your chance of receiving an offer of accommodation if you include some of our other halls in your hall choices.

Writing a good personal profile

Your profile is an important part of the selection process. It gives us some idea of who you are and what you would bring to the hall community.

Try to write at least three sentences for each question wherever possible.

Before you start, think about:

  • how you will describe yourself
  • occasions where you've got involved and helped others
  • what you hope your study will lead to
  • what you like to do in your free time.

School leavers

You'll need the following information to fill out the form:

  • your National Student Number (NSN)
  • an emergency contact person's details
  • your Year 12 results
  • details of any other significant qualifications or awards you hold
  • details of positions of responsibility or leadership you have held
  • your proposed course of study.