Moving in

Read about your obligations as a resident of one of our halls and the process of moving in.

Your obligations

Before you accept an offer of a place, read the contract and handbook carefully. You (and any guarantor) will be signing a legally binding contract. Always abide by the rules set out in the hall’s handbook—you can find the handbook on each hall page.

Pay your fees and charges when they’re due, for the full term of you contract, unless the Head of Hall agrees to release you from it.

Show consideration towards other residents and neighbours, and their property, and participate in the communal life of that hall. Keep your room or flat reasonably clean, tidy and undamaged, and inform the hall staff directly of any maintenance issues or needed repairs.

Arriving early

Most places are booked out over the summer, so you can only arrive early if there is a vacancy. If there is a vacancy, you will pay one-seventh of the weekly rate each night. If there are no vacancies, you may need to book temporary accommodation. Contact us for more information.

Arriving late

You will pay for your reserved place from the date your contract starts even if you arrive late. If you are replacing someone who is moving out, you will pay from the day you agreed to move in.


You should insure:

  • your belongings with content insurance
  • yourself against the risk of being held liable for intentional or careless damage to hall property with personal liability insurance.


Staying healthy and protecting yourself from preventable illness while you are studying at university is important.

It is recommended that all students are fully immunised against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Meningococcal ACWY and Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

The Varicella immunisation is also recommended for students who have not had chicken pox the disease or have not already completed a course of the varicella immunisation.

There is a cost for the Meningococcal ACWY, Pertussis and Varicella immunisations. There is no cost for the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunisation.

If you are not able to have these immunisations before arriving on campus, you can arrange to get them at Student Health and Student Counselling—Mauri Ora, ideally during Orientation Week. To book an appointment, call +64 4 463 5308 or visit the Student Health reception at the Kelburn or Pipitea campus.