Atawhai Family Units

Located on Keiller Place, a sunny ridge above the Turitea campus, the Atawhai Family Units are part of a peaceful residential area, with a supportive village-like atmosphere. There are 9 two-bedroom units primarily for students who have a family (1 or 2 dependent children living with them). Usually a few units are also available for mature students who have a partner or spouse but no children.

The Atawhai Family Units are a 10-20 minute walk from all the resources of the main campus, bus stop and childcare centre. The walking track up to Atawhai passes through an area of trees, and ascends 150 steps up a well formed and well lit path. This makes access difficult for a baby stroller and tiring for young children. Most families find it necessary to have a car if they are living in the family units. A car is helpful for accessing shops, schools, English classes, and work. Sometimes the non-studying partner or spouse can feel isolated during the day because Atawhai is away from the main city, shops and library. However other partners appreciate that the student may be able to return home for lunch or as needed. The route from campus to Atawhai is safe as New Zealand does not have snakes, or any other dangerous wild animals.

If you are trying to decide if the family units are suitable for you, or if you would like assistance finding off-campus accommodation for you and your family you can contact Accommodation Services on


Each unit has:

  • Two bedrooms with beds, desks, drawers, and wardrobe
  • Lounge with sofas, armchairs, coffee table, dining table and chairs
  • Kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, kettle and utensils
  • Laundry with washing machine
  • Telephone in each unit (connections to a service provider at residents expense)
  • Access to a mini computer lab with 3 university-networked computers and 1 printer (Atawhai Commons)                              

Click here for 2019 price information for all Halls

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  • Atawhai Family Bathroom
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