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Accommodation & Care

Cathy Kelly Cathy Kelly Student Welfare Manager


I am responsible for arranging the pickup service by the school driver or homestay family when you arrive at the Auckland airport and transfer out to your accommodation.  I like to ensure your accommodation is of a high standard and meets your individual needs when living with a kiwi homestay family.  We like you to feel as though you are part of the home stay family and want you to enjoy the experience of coming to New Zealand to learn English and also learn about our culture, trying different foods is also part of that experience. It is normal to feel a little nervous when you first live with a family in another country, we can usually solve any concerns you have about your homestay. If you are wanting to be more independent and cook for yourself I can arrange accommodation in the city centre at Unilodge or Empire who specialise in providing student accommodation. I work closely with our counsellors to ensure you have a happy and enjoyable stay while here in New Zealand, should you experience any problems regarding your accommodation please be assured I can find a solution to assist you should you want to make a change:


You will have your own comfortable room, with a bed, linen and towels, your own desk and a reading light. You will also have a closet or wardrobe to hang up your clothes. Homestays offer breakfast and dinner each day, plus lunch on the weekend. Laundry facilities are available in all homes. Most Crown homestays are within a convenient distance from the school. You will usually travel by bus into Auckland city from your homestay, and the travel time will usually be 30-45 minutes. The bus stop is located a short distance from the school. On your first morning at Crown, your homestay family will bring you to school to show you the way.

Homestay – Plus

You will have all of the accommodation and meal facilities as provided for our regular homestay service above. In addition, this service offers two or more of the following: * Convenient location: Your homestay will be located within one of Auckland’s inner suburbs, closer to Crown. This means that your travel time to and from the school will be shorter. * Private facilities: You will have your own private bathroom facilities. * Internet: You will have a dedicated Internet connection in your bedroom (the connection is free, and you have around 5GB each month for your use. A computer is not provided, but you will be able to plug in your laptop. * Additional conversation and support from your family.

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Student Residences


Cnr Pitt & Vincent Street
Ph: 09 303 2068
Website: www.ymcaauckland.org.nz 
Distance from Crown: 25 min walk

Building facilities: Laundry, games room,24-hour reception,dining area with TV & DVD player, kitchenette, lounge with SKY TV, library Wi-Fi (charges vary).

Apartment options: Single bed, closet, storage space, desk, mini-fridge. All linens are included and changed once a week. Daily vacuum Mon-Thu, deep clean available for NZD 25. Purchase cutlery from reception. Shared bathroom & kitchen facilities.

Bond (per room): Short-term students (under 4 weeks) NZD150 & must provide credit card details. Long-term students (over 4 weeks) NZD150. This is refunded on departure (if no damage).
You can see photos of YMCA here: https://www.ymcaauckland.org.nz/find-your-local/hostel/

Empire Apartments

21 Whitaker Place
Ph: 09 950 9000
Website: www.empire21.co.nz
Distance from Crown: 15 min walk

Building facilities: Cafe and laundry.

Apartment options: * Furnished Studio: 1 room with bathroom and a small kitchen (For 1 or 2 people) * Shared apartment: 3-bedroom apartment, with living, kitchen and bathroom. Includes: * Minimum booking 4 weeks: electricity, water, bed linen, Sky TV, kitchen equipment, weekly clean. Please note, no towels are provided.

Bond: NZD500. You pay to Empire at the time of check-in. This is refunded at check-out (if no damage), less NZD200 for final clean.


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