Staying in a family home lets you experience the New Zealand way of life. As the only private English school in Nelson we have a wide range of homes within walking and biking distance of the school. Nelson English Centre homestay families are warm-hearted, proud Nelson locals who enjoy welcoming visitors from other cultures.

Your Homestay Family

Our homestays are comfortable, with enough space, and a desk to study at in your bedroom. Three meals are provided at weekends, and breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday. You will improve your English because our families love talking and sharing their lifestyle with you. New Zealand is an outdoor-loving country and many families enjoy gardening, cycling, walking or boating.

Families Selected for You

For over twenty years we have worked to select and improve our range of families. Our experienced homestay coordinator has high expectations. Their benchmark is: 'If my children were overseas, would I like them to stay here?' Our homestay coordinator matches students with families that share their interests by communicating with students and agents at the point of booking. Our system therefore gives you the best possible homestay experience


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. 

Almond House Backpackers

Accents on the Park

Tasman Bay Backpackers

The Palace Backpackers

YHA Hostel

INNBetween Lodge and Backpackers

The Custom House

The Bush Inn - Long term bookings of a month or more.

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