Nelson has backpackers, flats and apartments of a high standard. They are within walking distance so no buses are required. These options are affordable for students on a budget. We have information on various backpackers, flats and apartments, however bookings are made independent of the school.


Nelson is on the main backpacker route through New Zealand so has an excellent range of charming backpackers.

Please check their website for contact details, prices and availability. 

Accents on the Park

Tasman Bay Backpackers

The Palace Backpackers

YHA Hostel

The Green Monkey

The Custom House

Hampden House

Hampden House is owned by one of our homestay families and offers excellent accommodation 20 minutes walk from Nelson English Centre. This popular accommodation is fully-furnished including:

  • Clean, sunny and comfortable living areas
  • Secure lockable rooms.
  • Cooking facilities.
  • Washing facilities
  • Smoke free environment.
  • Short and long term accommodation. 

If you would like more information please visit their website or contact Deborah by email

Flats and Apartments

There are many affordable flats within walking distance of the school in Nelson. Lower room costs and no need for buses mean that a budget-minded student can save $75 to $100 per week flatting in Nelson instead of in a large city.

If you are wishing to stay in a flat when you are in Nelson we recommend that you book into some short term accommodation first (backpackers or book in for 2 weeks homestay). 

Flat finding websites:

Trade Me


Nikau Apartments