What should I do before I apply?
Applying for accommodation is more than just heading to the website of the tertiary provider you want to study or train at and going through the application process. Before you even think about that, there are several things you need to tick off so you know what kind of place is right for you.
- Deciding where you want to go and the course you want to study
- Going to an open day
- Thinking about whether you’d prefer catered or non-catered accommodation, if there’s the option
- Researching where the accommodation is and how that fits into the experience you’re looking for.
Depending on where you apply, there will be a range of different options available to you. For example, universities will generally just offer several different halls of residence for you to pick from. Some ITPs, such as Otago Polytechnic, however might also have options such as homestay accommodation.
In short, you need to think seriously about what you want from your accommodation before you apply. Where you live is going to be an important part of your time at your new tertiary provider.