An image of the Cumberland House building under a blue sky.

Cumberland House

Cumberland House is an inner-city multi-storey hall with views over the city and just a short stroll from Te Aro campus.

Catered hall

Meals served in a communal dining room.

Walking time to campuses

Kelburn—15 minutes
Pipitea—20 minutes
Te Aro—5 minutes

Housing style

123 single rooms
24 single studios
80 twin-share studio places

Cumberland House is an inner-city multi-storey building with a friendly student community. Its location, a short stroll from Te Aro campus, makes Cumberland House a great accommodation choice for design and architecture students.

There’s something for everyone at Cumberland House—study or chill out in the large common space, work up a sweat at the exercise area, or get creative in the messy projects room.

About the hall

  • Cumberland House is operated by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Popular with first-year students.
  • There are single rooms, single studios, and twin-share studios and set rooms.
  • Bedrooms are fully furnished and heated. See the list of items provided in the Student Hall Handbookpdf3.8MB
  • Bathrooms are gender diverse.
  • There is a spacious communal lounge with couches and vending machines. There is also a games area (pool tables and table tennis tables), Sky TV room, study rooms, exercise area, music room, and messy projects room.
  • The communal dining room serves three meals a day from Monday to Saturday, and brunch and dinner on Sunday. Special dietary options, late dinners, and packed lunches are also offered.
  • You can request to live on an alcohol-free floor.
  • 24/7 camera surveillance and swipe card access is required to enter the building.
  • Wi-Fi is available.
  • There is a communal laundry with washing machines and dryers.
  • Some facilities are suitable for students with disabilities.


Per academic year (38 weeks) Per week

Single room


Single studio $18,240 $480

Twin-share studio, set room

$13,376 $352

The 2024 fees quoted for Cumberland House include food, electricity, heating and internet. The rate will be confirmed when you receive your offer.

Trimester 1 only contracts will incur an additional fee of 10 percent to cover the cost of finding someone to take your room when you leave.

Find out when you need to pay accommodation fees and other charges.

Virtual tours and photos


Get involved and meet lots of people at the many inter-hall events. Throughout the year there are sports events, a quiz night, talent quest, film festival screening, and hall formals as well as inter-floor activities.


Starting university and living in a hall is an exciting time but it can also be challenging.

Our dedicated team of hall staff are always there to support you, and contribute to creating a friendly and safe hall whānau culture.

Residential advisers (RAs) are senior students employed and trained by the University to support hall residents. You’ll be assigned to one of them and they are often your first point of contact if you need help. RAs are very approachable and enjoy having a chat anytime. They organise hall events and can arrange study groups.

Student support coordinators are registered health professionals who are assigned to each hall, giving you easy access to counselling support. They also work closely with hall staff to ensure health and wellbeing goals are understood and being met.

Support services

We want you to have a happy and successful time at university and get all the support you may need. Make use of our study skills advice and resources as well as health, counselling, and recreation services. There are mentoring programmes and support networks available within our diverse communities.

Addressing conflict

Living with others can be hard at times. Our halls use a restorative justice process to address conflict and rule breaking. This process requires everyone affected to work together to reach an agreement about what must be done to restore relationships.

The Student Hall Handbook pdf3.8MB outlines our behaviour and conduct rules.

For residents of the hall who are not enrolled as students at the University, read our misconduct process schedule pdf212KB

Visit our halls

Contact the hall directly to make an appointment to visit. If you wish to see more than one hall on the same day, make sure you allow at least 30–40 minutes to cover the tour and the time to travel to the next hall. You can book a hall tour during school holidays.

Book a tour of Cumberland House