Accommodation Options

International Students have the options of either living in the Sacred Heart College Hostel, or a homestay family which is arranged by the College. 

Boarding Hostel

Boarding is an integral part of life at Sacred Heart College. Located on-site at the College, the hostel caters for 170 students from Years 9 to 13, of which up to 25 can be International Students. The Director of Boarding allocates places for the best possible nationality mix to make sure that International boarders are well integrated into the hostel environment and undertakes the interview with the Director of International Students. The Hostel has its own catering manager and staff, with meals served in the spacious dining hall. All laundry is done on the property and boarders have access to care or advice at any time of the day or night, as well as medical services as required provided at the on-site Health Centre. When the hostel is closed during the school holidays and public holidays, International Boarders are required to stay with their local guardians or move to a College organised host family during that time.

Further information about boarding at Sacred Heart College can be found in the Boarding section of our website.


Our Homestay & Welfare Co-ordinator provides care and support to all International Students and their homestay families. Host families are carefully selected so that our International Students can live nearby or easily access to public transportation, local shops and amenities. The suburbs surrounding the College are spacious, safe and often the houses are modern and well-catered for. Host families take students into their family life and provide support and care for them while they are in New Zealand. International Students are provided breakfast, lunch and snacks, and dinner with the homestay families. Details about the host family are normally sent to the student before they arrive in Auckland. The students are normally greeted at the airport when they arrive in New Zealand so they can start getting to know each other from the moment they land. Homestay is an amazing part of the New Zealand experience and students frequently stay in touch with their host family for the rest of their lives.

If you would like to hear more about becoming a Homestay Host, view our Becoming a Homestay Host page.