Check us out:

Before you apply to Eden Christian Hostel make sure you have a good look around this website and our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you have the opportunity, please come and visit the Hostel.

We organise tours of the Hostel during the University of Auckland and AUT Open day each year (usually late August). You will be shown around the Hostel by a current student and also have the opportunity to ask questions about living at ECH. We prefer to schedule tours in order to give intending residents and their family the best possible experience of the Hostel. However if this is not practical then another time can be arranged to visit, at a time suitable for everyone, just get in touch.

Application process:

Applications for accommodation in 2025 will open by the middle of May. Hostel accommodation is for first year, full-time tertiary students, for the 38 week academic year.

You can apply by filling in the online application form which can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. Please pay the $80 application fee (non-refundable) into the Hostel Bank Account, and email or post two character references (refer to application form).

The applications will be acknowledged, and a questionnaire will be emailed to the applicant to be completed and returned. Then we will proceed through the steps of the application process.

Things to bring with you:

  • Duvet or blankets & pillow
  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Towels, and a bath mat
  • Toiletries and a container (named)
  • Washing powder, washing basket and pegs
  • $1 coins for dryer
  • Drying/airing rack
  • Desk lamp and bedside lamp
  • Electric multi-plug and extension cords
  • Rubbish bin
  • Coat hangers
  • Oil heater (no fan heaters permitted)
  • Heat pads are required for hair straighteners
  • DampRid moisture absorbers
  • Headphones
  • U tac and Command hooks
  • Personal First Aid kit
  • Torch


“Eden Christian Hostel (ECH) is amazing — so many fun activities and occasions throughout the year and the best people. I have made such amazing friends and memories at ECH, and I don’t think I would have survived my first year of uni without it. ECH provided me with everything I needed. A home full of people, love, and God. A community of support and an atmosphere of fun, positivity, and encouragement. ECH was a huge blessing.”


“Great food, awesome people, and that one time I nearly ran over the manager’s dog weren’t the only surprises at ECH! The open kitchen during the day and spacious lawn sealed the deal for me.”


“What awesome memories this place brings back. I was 19 (over 20 years ago) when I arrived in Auckland for the first time and this is the place I stayed at. Made some fantastic friends there, mind you it was only a girls hostel at the time. But we had some wonderful times here and glad the place is still going.”


“passionfruit and white choc scones were out of this world.”


“Fantastic, Phenomenal, Amazing. The hostel has made the transition to the big city so much easier, not only is it a homely, friendly and caring place to study but an epic place to gain closer relationship with God.”