There are a variety of accommodation options for students, including:

  • Serviced rooms & apartments
  • SIT apartment/flat (Wait list applies)
  • Join an existing rental (flatting)
  • Homestay
  • Boarding
  • Backpackers

Some of the below 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. 

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.

Accommodation Options - Invercargill

Serviced/Managed Rooms

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 we 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 Lodge31 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 - $385.00 OWN ROOM or

5 Night Stay: Sunday evening until Friday morning - $300.00 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.

SIT Apartments

SIT Apartments Yarrow Street InvercargillThe 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.

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

SIT Apartments Spey Street InvercargillNew 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.

SIT Apartment Yarrow Street Invercargill2020 Prices

  • 2 students sharing each room at a low cost of $120 per week per person
  • Single rooms $205 per week
  • Couple $240 per week
  • Couple with child sharing room $245 per week
  • Family unit $350 per week
  • Each student will be required to pay a $300 deposit and 4 weeks rent in advance
  • Communal laundry: washing machines are $2 to use, $4 coin for dryers​
  • Power is included in the rent
  • Free Wifi

Flatting & Rentals

Accommodation Websites:

These websites list rental properties and 'Flatmates Wanted'.

For general information on renting, check out the below website:

If you want information on the quality standard of rental properties check out this website:

Local Property Management Offices:

Ray White Real Estate
231 Dee Street
Contact: Jenni Dennis 021 322 603 

Southland Real Estate
171 Dee Street
Ph: 03 214 5554

Harcourts Real Estate
182 Dee Street
Ph: 03 214 2048

Pride Real Estate and Pride Property Management Invercargill
41 Leet Street
New Zealand
Ph: 03 218 8474

MacPherson Realty New Zealand
283 Dee Street
Ph: 03 214 4556

hoamz Southland
99 Spey Street
Invercargill 9810
New Zealand
Ph: 03 218 6540

Alternatively once you are here, our local newspaper The Southland Times may provide you with information on rooms to rent (see Classifieds on Wednesdays and Saturdays).


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 $250 per week.

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

For all homestay accommodation enquires please contact Paul Watts or Amy Pritchard



Private boarding means you would have your own room in a private residential home or boarding house. Meals are provided, possibly shared and you are free to come and go as you please. There may or may not be an expectation to help with household chores. You will usually be expected to care for your own room.

These websites sometimes list private boarding options:

The accommodation column in our local newspaper, The Southland Times, may also list private boarding options and phone numbers to allow you to make contact.


Sparky’s Backpackers
Dorm rooms (sharing) for short or long term stays. Tenants must be energy conscious, and help with coal/wood in winter.
271 Tay Street
Phone 027 3344762

Southern Comfort Backpackers
30 Thomson Street
Phone: 03 218 3838

Accommodation Options - Queenstown

SIT Apartments


SIT Queenstown ApartmentsOpened in 2014, the SIT Queenstown student apartments have:

  • 9 units with 1 furnished double room or 2 furnished triple rooms
  • Ensuite off each bedroom
  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Two minute walk to SIT campus and shopping centre
  • Power and internet is included in the rent
  • Each student will be required to pay a $300 bond + 4 weeks rent in advance (bond is refundable if no damage, is left clean & tidy and key returned)
  • New international students will receive a welcome pack that includes: one set of bed sheets, pillowcase, duvet, pillow mattress protector, towels, face cloths and a food parcel for their first breakfast. This is yours to keep when you leave.

Rent structure:

  • $130 per week for student sharing a bedroom with 2 other students
  • $160 per week for single student sharing a bedroom with another student
  • $325 per week for a couple sharing a room.

For all SIT Apartment enquires please contact Paul Watts on


Accommodation columns in local newspapers may provide students with up-to-date available options and phone numbers to allow contact with people looking for boarders or flatmates.

Property Agents (flats/rental properties)

Queenstown Accommodation Bureau
Phone: (03) 442 7581

Ray White, Arrowtown
Phone: (03) 442 1616

Harcourts Real Estate, Queenstown
Phone: (03) 441 0777

Boarding Houses / Backpackers

40 Avalon Crescent, Fernhill
Double, triple and quad rooms
Contact Henrick on 021 923 553

The Villa
Phone: 0272294622

Contact Information

For more information about SIT Apartment accommodation in Invercargill or Queenstown, please contact Paul Watts.
Paul Watts
SIT Accommodation Officer
Phone: (03) 2112699 ext 4033

Cost of Living Comparison

 All prices are in $NZD.


3 br flat (median) - Sept 2018

House sale price
(median) - Sept 2018

Weekly income

Invercargill $250 $242,829 $840
Dunedin $387 $387,007 $947
Christchurch $450 $584,373 $978
Nelson $360 $531,659 $874
Wellington $520 $607,011 $1055
Palmerston North $350 $359,283 $921
New Plymouth $380 $424,296 $921
Whanganui $292 $229,167 $880
Tauranga $425 $691,350 $921
Rotorua $400 $399,024 $959
Hamilton $440 $504,020 $959
West Auckland $495 $1,044,303 $1,036
Whangarei $380 $494,212 $940