Nelson College Boarding accommodates students from throughout New Zealand and across the world – including the Pacific Islands, Asia and Europe.
We endeavour to provide a supportive family-like environment that encourages our boys to flourish academically and emotionally.
The two boarding houses of Nelson College are Rutherford and Barnicoat. They are situated in the park-like grounds of the college close to the centre of Nelson City. In addition to the boarding houses, there is an onsite dining room and fully staffed sanatorium. Each house is supervised by a resident Housemaster and a team of staff who work hard to meet the needs of each individual. There is a strong sense of unity in each house.
This diversity makes up the ‘International Boarding Community’ at the heart of college life.
Boarding students at Nelson College enjoy a varied lifestyle with relative freedom within defined boundaries. Full participation is encouraged in all aspects of boarding and college life.
Co-curricular boarding scholarships are available. For information and criteria please contact the Director of Boarding Samme Hippolite.
Keeping you informed
We like to keep in close contact with our boarding families. In addition to informal contact, twice a year, in Terms 1 and 3 we look forward to our traditional Boarders’ Weekends which include parent-teacher interviews, concerts, sporting events and commemoration services. Parents are kept in touch through regular boarding and school newsletters each term. We encourage parents to check this website often for updates, daily notices, information and photos of school events.
How to Apply
We welcome all boarding enquiries and if you would like to apply go to our Enrolment page. Complete the online enroment and we will be in contact with you.
All applicants and their parents will have an interview as part of the boarding enrolment process and an offer of place will be confirmed after a successful interview.