We believe that international students must have a safe and nurturing family environment to live in.
At Whanganui City College, we believe that international students must have a safe and nurturing family environment to live in where they will receive the care and support that they need to settle successfully into a new culture and educational system. Our Accommodation Administrator carefully interviews, police vets and chooses suitable host families who live nearby, sometimes within walking distance to the school, local shops and beautiful beaches. The surrounding suburbs are clean, spacious and safe.
Host families treat students like their own children, supporting and caring for them while they are in New Zealand. 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.
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is provided by homestay families. New Zealanders typically eat British food, however, most people like eating a wide variety of food. Many rural areas of New Zealand are dedicated to farming so we have access to good quality meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.
When students fill out the application form, they must write a letter to their future host family. Our International Dean/Accommodation Administrator reads the letter and matches students with a suitable family and passes on the letter. Details about the family are sent to the student before they arrive in New Zealand and we recommend students contact the host family before coming to New Zealand so they can start getting to know each other.
Hostel – Millennium House
Our hostel is a “home away from home” for both boys and girls. Students are under the direct personal supervision of the Hostel Manager and the House Supervisor. Millennium House is located on a treed section next to our school fields, it is a large two-storey character home restored with every modern convenience. For further information on Millennium House please refer to Millenium House on our website www.wcc.school.nz
Whanganui City College is a signatory of and is bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website www.nzqa.govt.nz
Please refer to the International Application and Tuition Agreement to complete Accommodation requests.
Please contact the Dean of International Students if you require further information.