All International students live with a Long Bay College approved homestay family or in our boarding accommodation, unless living with their natural parents or a member of their family (a designated caregiver). Students are not allowed to live independently.
When you are away from home, living with a locally based family is a great way to settle in, feel at home, make new friends and experience New Zealand student life to the full. The homestay accommodation offers a supportive family environment. All families are checked by our Homestay Coordinator before hosting a student, and careful monitoring is undertaken throughout each student’s stay. All students have their own bedroom and are expected to live as a part of the family.
Looking after the wellbeing of a student is a high priority. Our Homestay Coordinator is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm for all Homestay issues.
New Zealand boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Students are encouraged to travel and explore the breathtaking landscapes. During the school holidays, many international students choose to travel and see more of New Zealand by joining an approved organised trip with a recommended tour operator. Students enjoy travelling around both the North and South Islands with their diverse natural beauty and leisure opportunities. There are also weekend trips to the Bay of Islands, Rotorua and the Coromandel, as well as snow trips and the Tongariro Crossing. Day trips to places like Hobbiton and the Kiwi House or even horse riding and surfing trips are very popular too.
In addition, at the end of the year, students are invited on a range of trips to enjoy the unique culture, heritage, sights and scenery in New Zealand. A ‘Kiwi-style’ camp is also organised, which offers the opportunity to go tramping through the Waitakere Ranges, develop survival skills with fun activities on West Coast, and sleep under the stars!