Offer process

Hall places are offered over stages—see our offers and waiting pool process.

We generally receive more hall applications than the number of beds available, and it is simply not possible to offer everyone accommodation at once.


To be eligible for a first or second round offer of hall accommodation, you must apply by the due date.

For hall places in Trimester 1 and the academic year (Trimesters 1 and 2), halls will begin to review applications early September.

The first round of offers will be sent from mid-September. However, no student is guaranteed to receive an offer at this point in the offer process.

The second round of offers will be sent mid-to-late October. After the first two rounds we will send offers fortnightly as spaces become available right up to move-in day.

Waiting pool

Applicants who do not receive an offer will be asked to join the waiting pool to be considered for offers made further on in the offer process. To increase your chances of gaining a place, we recommend you expand your preferences to at least five halls when you join the waiting pool.

Applicants who satisfy the guaranteed offer or equity criteria and completed their application by the due date will be given priority within the pool.

As applicants decline their offers between October and the beginning of Trimester 1, offers are made to those in the waiting pool to fill the vacancies.

We recommended you do not decline an offer because you want to be offered a place in another hall. It is unlikely you will receive a second offer. Applicants who have yet to receive an offer will be considered before you.

Stay in touch

We will email you occasionally to confirm whether you would like to remain in the waiting pool. If we do not hear from you within an appropriate timeframe, your application will become inactive and be removed from the pool.

Let us know if you are no longer coming to Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington to study, so we can make offers to students who are enrolling at the University.

If you don't get an offer

We will endeavour to place you in one of our halls, if possible. However, if you do not receive an offer of a place in a hall by mid-February, you should start looking at alternative accommodation, such as private hostels or a room in an established flat.


Contact us if you have any questions about the waiting pool or alternative accommodation.