Why QRC

FAQ's

When is a suitable time for me to apply and when are applications open?

Due to the frequency of our intakes each year we are always taking applications. If the intake you have requested is full, we will wait-list you for this intake, but will process your application for the following intake. There is no closing date as such, however intakes do fill fast.

What dates do I give Study-link when I apply for my student loan?

You will need to provide Study-link with the start date you are issued on your Offer Letter to the college and the final date of each year you are studying.

Please refer to our term dates or contact Student Relations for more information.

Weekly how many hours can I work outside of QRC?

We strongly recommend no part time work in the first term. After that if required around 10 hours per week in term two and between 10-20 hours per week in terms five and six.

How long does it take for Study-link to pay student allowances?

Study-link pay allowances directly into your bank account, generally two weeks after starting the course.

When do I start my internship, directly after the term has finished?

The start date of your internship is up to your internship employer. This can be negotiated by you in your interview and will be final once you receive your contract. This will also depend on seasonality for most Adventure Tourism Management placements.

Do I get Christmas and New Years off? Do I get a holiday during my internship?

If you are internship or about to start your internship however you do not normally get Christmas or New Year off as a Hospitality Student, as this is usually the busiest (and most fun) time to be working in a hotel. As a Hospitality student it will all depend on your role and your employer. In hotel you usually either work Christmas or New Years day and you would need to talk to your manager or shift coordinator about this.

Adventure Tourism students, this will depend on your role and of course whether of not your company operates on these dates.

Are we assessed on our internship?

Yes. You will have a written assignment that needs to be submitted before you return to QRC for your 2nd year.

Your performance during internship is also a factor. If you leave without resignation, or your employment is terminated, this is termed as a failed internship, and you will be unable to complete the diploma programme. Circumstances and your case will be presented and a decision will be made by the head of school.

What are the pay rates for internship students?

This all depends on your previous experience, the position you are hired for, the type of property or company you work in, and the location (domestically or internationally). The base rates for internship students are generally anything from NZ$12-18 per hour.

For internship if we decide to work a little longer than the 6-9 month period, are we still able to come back to do the last 6 months (term 5,6) of the course?

Yes, as long as you have completed your required hours (1000 for hospitality and 900 for adventure tourism). This also needs to be communicated with the Internship Manager and of course your employer. You are allowed back to QRC for your second year once you have advised Student Relations of your intended intake if there are spaces available.

What is the weekly cost to stay in the QRC Lodge?

The weekly cost to stay at QRC Lodge, our halls of residence, starts from $293 per week. Twin share and single rooms are available. Fees cover wireless Internet and catered meals (7 breakfasts and 5 dinners weekly). Each room has its own toilet/shower facilities.

Do I have to be a QRC student to live in at QRC Lodge?

Generally yes. QRC halls of residence are restricted to full time students attending QRC. There may however be availability to students attending international internship programmes and enrolled in other courses offered at the college.

Is it compulsory to stay at QRC Lodge?

Not at all, accommodation at QRC Lodge is simply available to make our students transition to Queenstown and student life as simple and as straightforward as possible. Students are more than welcome to arrange their own accommodation while living and studying in Queenstown.

Do I have to apply for accommodation before I know I have been accepted into a course of study?

No, once you have applied to the college and completed your application process and you have received your official offer of place, you can then apply for accommodation. You will however have to secure your offer of place and accommodation request for the college by paying your $500 deposit within 30 days of receiving your letter of offer to the college.

I have specific meal requirements; can QRC lodge provide this for me?

QRC Lodge does provide vegetarian meals and will do their best to provide other special dietary requirements. You can ring to discuss your circumstances with the Student Relations team.

Will I be placed into my preferred room type- can I be assured of a single room?

The offer will be for a place and not a particular room type. We will do our best to meet your first preference but it cannot be guaranteed. Your request is also on a first in, first served basis, therefore the earlier your application is received, the earlier you will be able to request your ideal room type. If there is a financial or other reason for your choice, please note this on your application form

What are my obligations?

Before you accept an offer of place, you must read the QRC Lodge terms and regulations. You (and your guarantor) will be signing a legally binding contract. Once you move in you must:

  • Pay your fees and charges, when due, for the full term of your contract, unless the Student Relations Manager agrees to release you from it.
  • Show consideration towards other residents and neighbours, and their property.
  • Keep your room or flat reasonably clean and tidy and free from damage.
  • Inform the Hall managers as soon as possible of any maintenance issues or repairs needed.
Can I arrive early?

That depends on the students already in the lodge. If there is availability our Student Relations team are happy to arrange this for you. If you can move in early, you will pay 1/7 of the weekly rate for each night before the official start date on your hall contract.

If I arrive late, do I pay less?

No because your place is reserved for you. If you are replacing someone who is moving out, you pay from the day it has been agreed you can move in.

What happens if i don't like living in the halls when I get there?

Living with a large number of people may be a very different lifestyle for you. At QRC lodge there will be lots of activities arranged for the first few weeks to ensure everyone gets to know each other. Most residents make new friends and settle in very quickly.

Moving away from home is a time of major adjustment and you may need to talk through any difficulties with a sympathetic listener such as a resident assistant, a friend, the Halls Manager or our Student Relations Manager. It usually takes at least six weeks to adjust to major moves like this, so give yourself at least this amount of time before you make any decisions. There are usually ways of resolving problems with accommodation provided you find ways of talking them through.

Who cleans?

You are responsible for cleaning your own room. The management is responsible for cleaning communal areas such as corridors and student lounges.

What insurance do I need?

You should consider insuring:

  • Your property with contents insurance
  • Yourself against risk of being held liable for intentional or careless damage to hall property with personal liability/legal liability insurance.
Can I have guests to stay?

Through prior arrangement with Management we will permit you to have guests to stay for one or two nights in single rooms only.