About Us

We're a "home away from home" for students studying at Victoria University of Wellington. The hall is a very supportive and friendly place, with academic success as the main focus. With this in mind, it offers quiet places for study, great facilities for great living and lots of enjoyable social activities.

Our mission? To provide quality accommodation in a safe and supportive community and facilitate learning and academic success!

There are currently 123 students living at the hall in a mixture of single and shared rooms. Most of our residents are first year students, and about 20% of the total number of residents are international students. Returning and mature students are welcome too, making up 15% of our residents.

HLH is a great environment for making friends with a diverse group. It's a friendly, relaxed place where students can work to achieve their academic goals.


The hall was founded in 1948 by a group of Wellington College of Education students. They purchased the land at the current site (Blakey Avenue) in the 1960s and built three two-storey buildings. In the 1970s the Ministry of Education acquired the land and buildings. Victoria University and the College of Education also purchased three neighbouring properties and converted them into suitable accommodation houses to be a part of the hall.
In early 2009 the hall purchased a neighbouring property and converted it into further student accommodation, providing an additional 12 beds.

Learn about Mrs Helen Lowry here.


The Heads of Hall, who are board members, have primary responsibility for the welfare of the residents and for maintaining an environment that is conducive to successful study. They organise the hall, and oversee the discipline that ensures the hall is meeting its obligations to residents.

The Residential Assistants are senior students who share responsibility for residents' welfare. They are part of the residential community and work alongside students to encourage study, develop support programmes and organise sporting, cultural and social activities. They are recruited on the basis of their skills and interests which enable them to advise residents and enforce policies while keeping in touch with residents' needs.


The hall is situated close to Wellington's open country, just 5km from the Kelburn university campus (about a 50 minute walk, or 15 minute shuttle/bus ride) and 1km from the Karori campus (about 10 mins walk).