Accommodation and Homestays

 Accommodation and Homestays

Most international students live with a host family while they are in New Zealand. It is also possible for students to stay with their parents if they are in New Zealand, or with a Designated Caregiver (friend of the member of the family). The Ministry of Education's Code of Practice states that international students at secondary school cannot live independently. At Kaikorai Valley College we highly recommend homestay accommodation, as it gives our international students the opportunity to fully participate in New Zealand life and make the most of their New Zealand experience.

Our Homestay Coordinator carefully interviews and chooses suitable host families who live nearby, most of them within walking distance to the school. The suburbs surrounding the school are clean, spacious and safe and within a short distance to Dunedin’s city centre.

Host families treat students like their own children, supporting and caring for them while they are in New Zealand. Homestay is an amazing part of the New Zealand experience and students frequently stay in touch with their host family for the rest of their lives. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided by homestay families.

Details about the family are sent to the student before they arrive in New Zealand and we recommend students contact the host family before coming to New Zealand so they can start getting to know each other.

Lee from Japan

The “kiwis” are kind and welcoming, which made it easier to find my way around. My host family was a big part of the NZ experience and they made sure I was safe and happy my entire stay.