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Welcome to Queenstown and QRC.

Thank you for choosing QRC. We hope that your time with us will be a most valuable and
rewarding experience.

The next two years will be challenging yet hugely satisfying, as you explore what the hospitality.
and tourism industry has to offer, and we will be pleased to support you on your journey with

If you have any questions, please contact Tili Naivaluwaqa, our student services manager here at
QRC on 0800 4411144 or studentservices@qrc.ac.nz

Enjoy settling in, and we look forward to seeing you and your family for orientation.

Kind regards

Charlie Phillips


Welcome pack

Find out a little more about what to bring and what to expect

The countdown has begun, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Queenstown Resort College (QRC). With only a few weeks to go until you will be living and studying here in Queenstown, we have put together a list of things you should know before you arrive.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

What to bring to Queenstown

Queenstown is a beautiful 4 seasons resort, with temperatures ranging from well below zero in winter to over 30 degrees in the summer. Make sure you consider this when you are packing. If you will be studying during the winter season, we recommend bringing warm clothes such as woolen jumpers, a thick or insulated jacket, scarf, beanie etc. Our weather can be a little unpredictable so prepare for changeable weather, especially in autumn and spring.  A rain jacket will come in handy as it can rain at any time of year.

If you are living at QRC Lodge and have clothes that you cannot fit into your suitcase and you wish to send them down, you are able to send them to:

QRC Lodge, 1 Sainsbury Road, Fernhill, Queenstown 9300.

Please clearly mark your name and your start date on the parcel so we know who it is for. If you are not staying at the lodge, please send them to the college address.

QRC Lodge – Halls of Residence

QRC Lodge is an awesome place to live.

If you are staying at the QRC Lodge don’t forget to bring the following:

  • Bedding including duvet cover, duvet inner, pillow, sheets.
  • Bathmat, towels & toilet paper
  • Lodge residents are responsible for cleaning their rooms – cleaning kit is provided per accommodation wing.
  • Laundry powder – coin operated student laundry onsite.

We appreciate that for many students this is the first move towards independent living. To make this transition as smooth as possible it is important to know how to do the basics!  Ensure you are ready for lodge life & familiarise yourself prior to your arrival with:

    • the laundry (clothing and bedding + ironing for uniform)
    • good cleaning practice in shared spaces such as the kitchen and your bathroom.
    • cooking a basic, healthy meal safely

Dinner is provided Sunday – Thursday (5 nights) and breakfast is provided each day. Students also have access to a fully equipped kitchen.

A copy of the Lodge Handbook is included in this pack so please ensure you have read all the conditions of your tenancy prior to signing the declaration form.

Money and Personal Expenses

It is important to have a budget in place prior to arriving at QRC.  You need to know how you will meet your essential living costs (rent, food, medical costs etc) and and other expenses you may need.

Student Loans can be accessed through Studylink, if you are eligible, and can assist with up to $302.02 per week.  We encourage you to apply for your loan well ahead of time as the process can be lengthy.

Queenstown has a $2 bus fare which will allow you to travel across the Queenstown area. This is an affordable option for travel to and from college.

QRC also has a student café located on the first floor of the college which offers a discount to all students.

Textbooks and course materials are included in your tuition fees but do allow some extra money for additional printing, copying etc.  You will need to bring stationery (pen, notepad, and a scientific non-programmable calculator) and a laptop.

Your Uniform & Course Requirements

All Students are supplied with a uniform (see detailed outline below) and this will be fitted during Orientation Week. We highly recommend purchasing your shoes prior to arriving in Queenstown and bringing these to your scheduled uniform fitting session during orientation.  More details regarding footwear requirements can be found in this pack.

Uniforms are typically issued a week after your fitting session and please note you will be expected to dress in smart clothing while on campus until received. Please be sure to pack appropriate clothes to wear to college during orientation and your first weeks.

Once received, students are required to wear uniform Monday to Friday, while in class, traveling to and from QRC House, at official functions and excursions, as well as in front of house areas on campus.

QRC Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management Uniform QRC Diploma of Hospitality Management Uniform - Male QRC Diploma of Hospitality Management Uniform - Female
All students are supplied with: • 1 business jacket • 1 business jacket
• 1 cotton T-shirt • 2 pairs of trousers • 1 skirt*
• 1 merino polo shirt • 3 shirts • 1 pair of trousers*
• 1 long sleeve merino top with collar • 1 jumper • 3 shirts
• 1 soft shell jacket • 1 tie • 1 knitted vest
• 1 pair of full-length trousers • 1 name badge • 1 tie
• 1 pair of shorts • 1 scarf
• 1 name badge • 1 name badge

Adventure Tourism Student are required to supply their own black socks and shoes (please see guideline below). It is also recommended that ATM students bring extreme weather gear for outdoor activities.

Hospitality management Students will need to supply smart black shoes (please see guideline below) and either black socks or sheer natural or black stockings when opting for the skirt.  *A combination of 1 skirt/1 trouser or two of either the skirt or trousers can be opted for in the female uniform.

Footwear Guideline


Academic Requirements

The following items are required throughout your time at QRC to best support study on campus.

  • Laptop and Charger: (a Wi-Fi capable Microsoft Windows 10 or Apple macOS (Big Sur / Catalina) laptop, capable of running the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite. Detailed technical requirements can be found here: BYOD_Requirements (2024).  Studylink loans are available for course related costs.
  • Pens/Pencil/Rule/Pencil case etc.
  • Notepad
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Bag
  • Water Bottle/Keep Cup
It is important you understand the expectations QRC has for our students
If you are residing at QRC Lodge please carefully read and make sure you understand the terms and conditions of both your tenancy agreement and the house rules.

Form to complete and sign

1. The arrival form captures key information we need to ensure your arrival at QRC is as smooth as possible.

Please ensure you have read all the relevant terms and conditions regarding your enrolment into your programme of study at QRC and those surrounding your residence at the lodge prior to electronically signing the declaration at the end of the form.


Orientation Schedule 2024

Click here to view the orientation schedule for 2024:




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