An external image of the Joan Stevens Hall in the city.

Joan Stevens Hall

A high-rise building located in the central city, Joan Stevens Hall is a mid-sized hall with a family-like atmosphere.

Planned lift maintenance

Planned lift replacement work will be underway at Joan Stevens Hall for 12 months from 1 September, 2023. Work will focus on one lift at a time, so residents will still have lift access. We urge prospective students to take this work into account before accepting an offer for 2024.

Catered hall

Meals served in a communal dining room.

Walking time to campuses

Kelburn—10 minutes
Pipitea—10 minutes
Te Aro—20 minutes

Housing style

242 single rooms

Joan Stevens Hall is a high-rise building in the central city with single bedrooms. It’s one of our mid-sized halls that has a family-like atmosphere where everyone knows each other.

The culture of the hall is about encouraging involvement, responsibility, and achievement which will help you get off to a great start to university life.

The dining room is a popular spot for events, such as the midwinter Christmas dinner. And a favourite with the residents is the hall wall.

About the hall

  • Joan Stevens Hall is operated by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Popular with first-year students.
  • Joan Stevens Hall is also home to Marino, a community of Whānau House students.
  • Bedrooms are fully furnished and heated. A few ensuite bedrooms are available for those with a particular need. See the list of items provided in the Student Hall Handbook pdf3.8MB
  • All floors have a common room with a kitchenette, study area, television, DVD player, and couches.
  • Bathrooms are gender diverse.
  • A Sky TV lounge, music room with piano, table tennis, and gaming consoles are available.
  • 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 are communal laundries with tubs, washing machines, and dryers.
  • Some facilities are suitable for students with disabilities.


Per academic year (38 weeks) Per week

Single room



The 2024 fees quoted for Joan Stevens Hall 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 tour 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 Joan Stevens Hall