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

Applications for 2022 open from June 2021 – you can view the information pack and application form for 2022 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

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 2022

Application forms for 2022 will be accepted from June 2021 and close on 1 October 2021. Applicants will be informed of the decision by 16 October 2021. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the wardens. Information regarding residency can be downloaded below.