Southern Institute of Technology

Zero fees and free accommodation mean you get a great start at SIT. Imagine studying for three (or more) years - yes, SIT are way ahead of the rest with just one year - completing a quality degree or top training and then moving into the workforce with no student debt. Sounds good? This can be you, and it is as simple as enrolling at the Southland Institute of Technology (SIT) to make it happen.

The Invercargill-based SIT took the radical step a few years back to introduce a zero fees policy in an attempt to attract students to study with them. All students were required to pay was the costs of course materials and their own living and accommodation costs.

Now with all institutions providing one year of free fees, SIT have found a new way to make moving south a smart option - free accommodation!

Live free in the country's most southern city

The new policy offers students 40 weeks - the academic year - of free accommodation at SIT’s apartments in Invercargill.

If that’s not suitable, students studying at the Invercargill campus can get $100/week towards their accommodation whether they live at home or in a flat for the same 40 weeks. You can live anywhere in Southland but must be studying in Invercargill.

SIT owns or manages a variety of accomodation options for students. These options include the Invercargill Apartment Hotel (IAH), Karon Court, Dan Davin Village, Kelvin House and Lovett Lodge. In Queenstown SIT owns and operates SIT Apartments which is a complex of nine 3-bedroom units just minutes from the campus.

Here’s some details on how to apply for Mayor Tim Shadbolt Accommodation Bursaries for Invercargill.

Wide range of courses across different campuses

Today more than 12,000 students are enjoying the free tuition SIT offers in campuses in Invercargill, Queenstown, ChristchurchGore and Auckland.  These students are involved in more than 200 programmes, from foundation level through to degree level study.

While most courses don’t attract fees, that doesn’t mean that SIT aren’t helping out with scholarships. There are plenty of these on offer, some location/course specific, some just open to all. Take a look at the SIT scholarships  

With over 4,000 students on campus in Invercargill, SIT offers you both variety and a true student culture or experience, while at the same time its small class sizes make sure you get plenty of hands-on experience and the chance to make great friends.

Living in Invercargill is very reasonable for students, rent is cheap, the city is compact and friendly and students have easy access to world class facilities.

SIT’s courses could not be better located

SIT’s Queenstown campus offers a good selection of courses which increasingly reflect what employers are looking for in graduates. Courses in Hospitality and Travel & Tourism could not be better located. Similarly, the trades courses SIT offers in Christchurch have a similar direct link to local industry and work prospects.

MAINZ - sounds like you?

MAINZ programmes are designed for music lovers with the industry in mind and operates campuses in Christchurch and Auckland.

On offer are introductory short courses, through to certificate, diploma and degree level qualifications. Subjects covered include music performance, DJ and electronic music production, live sound, audio engineering and event management.

Check out the MAINZ Prospectus to see what's on offer 


Southland Institute of Technology offers you programmes and courses in the following areas: 

Southland Institute of Technology website

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