Temporary housing

If you need a place to live for a short while, there’s a wide range of options.

There are motels and hotels, backpacker hostels, boarding houses, or even free accommodation in exchange for working on the property. Many places offer a reduced price.

Boarding houses

Boarding houses have different rules from other rental housing. When asking about a boarding house you should find out about:

  • shared facilities, like the kitchen, lounge and bathrooms
  • whether linen is supplied, like bedding and towels
  • furniture (some charge extra for furniture)
  • the house rules
  • security.

It’s also a good idea to find out about your rights and responsibilities.

Other housing options

In some places, local councils and community organisations offer affordable housing for families or people with particular needs.


If you need a place to live while your home is repaired or rebuilt as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes you can get help from CETAS.