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A comfortable living environment and a quiet place to work are essential when studying away from home. Our boarders enter a welcoming, family community where they are supported by a team of skilled and caring staff.

DSC_5766.JPGBruce House, our small and friendly hostel on the College campus is set in beautifully landscaped gardens with superb views of the Tamaki Estuary. It offers boarding facilities for both boys and girls from Years 7 to 13 (ages 11-18).

Originally opened for boys’ boarding almost 60 years ago, the accommodation was extensively upgraded in recent times to include a modern facility catering for a rapidly growing number of girls. This was further extended as the demand for girls’ boarding places grew. Our boarders can now boast one of the best boarding facilities for boys and girls in New Zealand.

Boarding is available either as full term boarding or weekly boarding. The Duty Staff are all caring, highly experienced teaching staff within the College who understand the special needs of students living and studying away from home.

Our boarders come from as far afield as Germany, the Solomon Islands and China. Some are from rural homes in New Zealand, and some simply live too far across Auckland for daily access by bus. Many choose to live at Bruce House to avoid daily commuting or to take advantage of before and after school co-curricular commitments. They enter a very special, close knit community and become involved with many facets of College life; they tend to be active participants in the many sporting and cultural activities on offer.

Academically, the boarders have real advantages. Prep time each evening provides a supervised ‘quiet’ time for homework and study, and House Tutors are available to assist boarders with their work. For many, this makes a significant difference to their learning progress. Further assistance is also available for international students for whom English is a second language.

For parents who make a positive choice to send their children away for a quality education, boarding school can be very rewarding. Boarders become part of an extended ‘family’ when they enter Bruce House. They are encouraged to contribute and add value to their shared home life. Independence and self-esteem are instilled together with qualities of respect and kindness.

Saint Kentigern boarders make life-long friends and develop leadership skills and independence as they work and live alongside students of all ages and cultures. Boarding school life is firm but caring and our boarders grow into fine young men and women.

Bruce House Prefects

If you would like more information about boarding for boys or girls at Saint Kentigern College, or if you would like a personal visit to inspect our boarding facilities, please Email Admissions or Phone: 09 577 0703


The schedule of fees outlines the cost and annual fees of enrolling a child at Saint Kentigern College. The fees are reviewed by the Trust Board in November each year with the changes taking effect from the beginning of Term 1 the following year.

2015 Attendance costs at Saint Kentigern College (NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents)

2015 Attendance costs at Saint Kentigern College (International Students)