There are a variety of accommodation options for students in Invercargill including our Student Apartments.

The apartments are located on Spey and Yarrow Streets, only a short walk to SIT, supermarkets and the town centre.

SIT does not operate an official Hall of Residence. Students who are interested in this style of accommodation are encouraged to contact one of the providers of serviced room/apartment style accommodation.



The SIT Apartments in Invercargill are made up of 12 older style motel units and 40 brand new units for international and domestic students (209 beds altogether).

There are furnished single and double room options, and each apartment includes a kitchenette and bathroom.

New international students will receive a welcome pack which includes: one set of sheets, pillow case, duvet, pillow mattress protector, towels, face cloths and a food parcel for your first breakfast. This is yours to keep when you leave.

Please note that only some of the accommodation options are owned or managed by SIT. Where SIT does not own or manage the property, SIT does not accept any responsibility for the condition or nature of the property. The choice to contract to live in a particular property is solely the responsibility and discretion of the tenant.

Pricing & Information

  • 2 students sharing each room at a low cost of $127 per week per person
  • Single rooms $217 per week
  • Couple $254 per week
  • Family unit $371 per week

*Please note that stated prices are effective from 1st January 2024.

Each student will be required to pay a $400 deposit and 4 weeks rent in advance.

*Please note that stated prices are effective from 1st January 2024.

Communal laundry: washing machines are $2 to use, $4 coin for dryers​

Power is included in the rent

Free Wifi

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Cost of Living Comparison

Location Rent:3 br flat (median) House sale price (median) Weekly income (median)
(down due to COVID-19)
Invercargill NZ$350 NZ$355,952 NZ$700
Dunedin NZ$413 NZ$558,691 NZ$635
Christchurch NZ$450 NZ$607,304 NZ$656
Nelson NZ$455 NZ$661,345 NZ$586
Wellington NZ$705 NZ$873,702 NZ$790
Palmerston North NZ$355 NZ$507,716 NZ$695
New Plymouth NZ$550 NZ$508,666 NZ$695
Whanganui NZ$385 NZ$368,891 NZ$695
Tauranga NZ$655 NZ$749,189 NZ$600
Rotorua NZ$395 NZ$520,222 NZ$697
Hamilton NZ$515 NZ$587,512 NZ$697
West Auckland NZ$600 NZ$1,111,692 NZ$688
Whangarei NZ$440 NZ$579,632 NZ$526

Other Accommodation Options

There are families in our community who are happy to welcome International students into their home.

The homestay host will provide:

  • English language practice
  • Your own bedroom
  • Bedding and towels
  • Privacy and a quiet place to study
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week
  • Electricity for bathing, laundry and heating
  • Family and community activities.

The homestay fee is $300 per week.

*Internet is available, but is not included in the fee. Wifi is free on campus.

Your host will meet you at the airport and will assist you to find you way to the campus and around the city. The transport options are bus, cycle or walking. All homestay hosts live no further than 4.5km from the campus.

For all homestay accommodation enquires please contact us

Ibis Styles

This facility is an amazing place which was originally specifically built for students. It now caters for students and guests and has a variety of apartments available and some impressive additional features, such as a movie theatre and private studio rooms. Features:

  • A very modern, warm and secure living environment.
  • 93 beds short term and long term.
  • 4-5 minutes walk from SIT’s campuses.
  • Rooms furnished with: a double bed, TV, phone, high speed internet connection, desk, chair, wardrobe, storage/drawers.
  • Large, modern shared kitchen (meals not provided).
  • Movie theatre, lounges, games room, and basement den.
  • Linen and Bedding
  • Bathroom access or a private en suite.

2018 Prices: Prices are from $185 per week per room (for long term stays 16 weeks+ and include current GST rates. (subject to availability and change) Bond - $500 plus a $50 admin fee. Two weeks in advance.

Please note that they do not take students for less than 16 weeks now. Some block-course student accommodation is still available dependent on availability.

Contact Details:
15 Tay Street, Invercargill, 9810.
Phone: 03 211 3800

Dan Davin Village

Dan Davin VillageHave your own lock up room in a modern semi-furnished four bedroom apartment with two bathrooms. Great location, close to inner city and 3-5 minutes walk to SIT. Off-street parking. You do your own cooking and laundry.

Lock up room includes a single or double bed(depending on room allocation), side drawer, built in workstation and wardrobe. You will need to provide your own linen (sheets, towels, bedding).

The kitchen and living area has a couch and chairs, coffee table, TV, fridge/freezer, dining table and chairs. Small appliances and cutlery are not provided.

Washing machine and dryer are also included. Most units have heat pumps, first in first allocated basis if asked on these units. Power and internet is at your own cost.

Minimum 6 month sign in.

2017 Price:
$ 100.00 Rent per week not including utilities, linen or food.
$ 400.00 Bond (4 weeks)
$ 115.000 Letting Fee
$ 515.00 approx total required up front.

Minimum 6 month sign in.

Ray White Real Estate, 231 Dee Street, Invercargill

03 2186117

Kelvin House

A 2-10 minute walk from SIT campuses, Kelvin House offers:

  • Free use of internet and telephone
  • Fresh bread, milk and butter supplied (twice weekly)
  • Linen (sheets and pillowcases) supplied (change over every two weeks).
  • Electricity, wood and coal, all supplied.
  • Cleaner will attend, twice weekly.

This is a perfectly located house,1.9 kms from main SIT Tay St campus and even closer (1.1km) to SIT Downtown Don St. Right opposite Queens Park Golf Course, tennis, croquet, cricket and hockey and is very central to town, close to the Museum and Art Gallery, Homestead Cobb & Co bar and restaurant, KFC, DaVinci's Pizzas and the list goes on.

2016 Prices:
3 x Queen Bedrooms, $189 pw for one person. An extra charge applies for a second person (negotiable).
8 x single rooms, $159 and 169 pw.

Contact Details: - check for booking availability
292 Kelvin Street, Invercargill.
Phone Graham on 027 433 8698.

Lovett Lodge B&B

Lovett Lodge B&B31 Duke St, Invercargill
Phone - 027 383 8206
              03 218 6060
Email -
Website -

Lovett Lodge Welcomes 'Block Course' students

RATE INCLUDES: Bed, Breakfast and Dinner:

5 Night Stay: Sunday evening until Friday morning - $380.00 OWN ROOM or

5 Night Stay: Sunday evening until Friday morning - $285.00 pp, TWIN SINGLE OPTION
Includes: Bed, Breakfast and a home cooked evening meal

Come and enjoy the relaxed homely atmosphere at Lovett Lodge. Large guest lounge to mix and mingle in; warm and cozy, heated with radiators.

Bus stop outside the gate.

You will be able to find rental properties and flatmate wanted ads in local Facebook groups and on property listing websites like:

Alternatively, you may be able to find information on rooms to rent or boarding options in the classified’s columns on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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