In your private apartment, you get more independence and privacy. You can meet more students and experience a better Social Life. It has an ideal location close to the School, Pubs, Restaurants, Supermarkets, and the City center.
It provides a more authentic cultural experience. That is, by living with locals rather than other traveling students you have an opportunity to experience the realities of daily life. Effectively, you will experience local food and get inside information about Kiwi Culture.