Central House – a safe place to begin student life in Wellington!

Applications for 2019 now open (see below)

 “Central House was the best part of my year. Better than my course and I LOVED my course.” “I’m quitting my course but I want a job in Wellington ‘cos I love living at Central House.” “This is such a cool way to leave home, go flatting and meet some amazing amazing people. I really love community nights each week, FANTASTIC and I’ve learnt heaps about both God and cooking, oh, and how much boys can eat!” – students


‘And as wardens we love living close to a fantastic bunch of energetic, enthusiastic, inquisitive young adults who are keen to spread their wings, experience life, and build great relationships with new churches and each other. It’s a privilege to push their boundaries while they’re learning to push their own as they experience faith in the big wide world.’ – Andrew and Xanthia

 Young adults have flocked to Wellington for education and employment for over a century and for much of that Wellington Central Baptist has responded with a warm welcome and a safe and nurturing place to live. Beginning in the 1940s with the country’s first mixed gender hostel we’re still passionate to keep meeting the needs of new generations, physically and spiritually. It’s a great way to leave home and still have people prepared to ‘be there’ although there’s no longer the need for the matron sitting on the stairs at night between the mens’ and the ladies’ floors.
Central House offers places for 27 people in five self-contained apartments, close to all major learning institutions and directly across the road from lots of opportunities to be involved in ministry opportunities at Central Baptist. All residents have a single room. Each apartment is responsible for their day-to-day living arrangements e.g. food shopping, cooking and cleaning. The apartments are located on top of an inner city car park building and have good security. They are all fully furnished and each contains a basically equipped kitchen, lounge and dining facilities (photos of kitchen, bedroom and lounge-dining below). There is a shared laundry with automatic washing machines and dryers. Central House has a staff couple who live on site to provide pastoral support to residents, encourage community life within the apartments, and take a leading role with the Central House community night.

Applications for 2019

Application forms for 2019 will be accepted from June 2018 and close on 28 September 2018. Applicants will be informed of the decision by 8 October 2018. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the wardens. Information regarding residency can be downloaded below.