Student Life

The reality for many Christian workers is that they will work in international teams. There are many books about living and working in multi-cultural teams and communities but there can be no substitute for actually living it day to day. The experience is amazing and the opportunity is here at Eastwest.

What to bring with you

As you begin your studies and become part of the Eastwest College family, here are some details that you will find helpful.

Our purpose-built units are fully furnished with lounge, dining and bedroom furniture as well as plates and dishes, cutlery and usual kitchen utensils. For all international students, we also provide your bedding, pillows, towels and face cloths.

For your arrival at the college, as a residential student we ask you to bring the following items:

  • Your clothes and personal requirements, toiletries and any medicines
  • A laptop if you have one. There is a small computer suite with good broadband access in the library for students to use. Personal printing can be done in the library with a "per sheet" charge.
  • Each student is required to do one half day's practical work each week e.g. gardening, helping with the building programme, painting etc. You will need some old clothes to use during this time. If you don't have room in your luggage to bring any with you, there are plenty of cheap or second-hand clothes shops in Hamilton, our nearest shopping centre (about 20 minutes drive away).

College does not provide individual telephone connections in student flats. Each accommodation unit is wired for telephone and you may arrange telephone access through a telco provider on arrival. Prior to contacting Telecom, we suggest you contact a staff member to ensure that the system is properly co-ordinated.

Internet access is available through the college wireless system at a cost of $90/semester

If you have any queries, or are not sure about whether additional items can be brought to the college, please do not hesitate to contact the college on


Eastwest College is a residential college. We currently have twelve two-bedroom and three-bedroom student units. See accommodation page for full details.

Please note: International students are required to live on the campus in student accommodation provided.


Residential students share lunch (Mon-Fri) and evening meals (Mon-Thurs) during term time with all other meals being their own responsibility. With a variety of cultures and dietary preferences students will always find something a little different to try and we encourage them to share something from their culture.

Day Students

With the advantage of being on site for lectures most days, our expectation is that all day students share morning teas and lunchtimes in the dining room*. In this way, they experience the same interaction and advantages of cross cultural communication as our residential students.

*And afternoon teas when on 'prac' duty.

Shared practical duties - 'Prac'

To promote the development of a servant attitude - an essential to any mission service - students at Eastwest do practical duties to assist with the college's community lifestyle. Duties include cooking, cleaning, preparing food, painting, gardening, lawn-mowing, carpentry, brick-laying and more!

Fitness / well-being

Studying is great for the mind but we know that physical fitness is an important part of healthy living. Our on-site gym offers free access to cardio equipment and weights. Some students also choose to go for a run in the surrounding countryside and one used the time here to train for his first ever marathon in Auckland which he completed last year.

Gordonton and beyond

Gordonton is a village on the outskirts of the city of Hamilton in the North Island of New Zealand. There are limited resources within walking distance of the college - fast food, hairdresser, coffee shop and beauty parlour. There is also the local Gordonton Primary School 1km from the college and a couple of garden shops. Most students go into Hamilton for shopping, cinema etc. A college vehicle goes once a week to a large shopping centre (15 minutes drive from the college) for a couple of hours. This is especially helpful for students without cars. Many students however, (including international students) choose to have their own car and there are local car auctions where these can be bought.


Commitment to a local fellowship is expected of every student as this is important to our ongoing walk with God. There are two churches in Gordonton - Presbyterian and Anglican. In Hamilton there are many, many more and a wide variety of worship styles and ministry emphases.