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

 “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!” “Our flat loves our Family Group from Central Baptist, we love the special goodies almost as much as we love doing the activities each month.”

‘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.

Wellington Central Baptist Youth Hostel circa 1950's

Wellington Central Baptist Youth Hostel circa 1950’s

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.

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Applications for 2018 now open

Application forms for 2018 will be accepted from June 2017 and close on 29 September 2017. Applicants will be informed of the decision by 9 October 2017. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the wardens. Information regarding residency can be downloaded below.