Boarding facilities

The school boasts four modern boarding houses that students call their home-away-from-home, a modern dining room that feeds 700 during meal times, a chapel where the whole student body congregate daily and state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Boys' boarding school structure (Years 9 to 13)

Boys' houses can accommodate up to approximately 90 students. Each house has a vertical system with boys from all year levels (Year 9-13). Houses are staffed by a housemaster, deputy housemaster, assistant housemaster, matron and residential assistants.

The boys dormitories are structured according to their year level:

  • Year 9, 10 and 11 share dormitories in various configurations
  • Year 12 boys are in rooms of two
  • Year 13 boys have their own room.

In addition, St Paul’s continues its tradition of managing boys well through their adolescent years to manhood with the integrated Tihoi Venture School. All Year 10 boys spend 18 weeks boarding at Tihoi, near Taupo. Time at Tihoi provides a challenging environment for physical and personal growth alongside continued study. Boys return to the Hamilton campus well prepared for the start of NCEA study in Year 11.

Girls' boarding school structure (Years 11 to 13)

The girls’ boarding house, Harington House, is structured to meet the needs of female students. Harington is a modern boarding facility with each girl in a single room. There are a number of common rooms where girls can meet socially and relax. Kitchen facilities are available for the girls to use for breakfast and snacks. Lunch and dinner is provided in the dining hall with the boys.

Girls have the opportunity to work and achieve across the various school disciplines, both within their house environment and within the School community. Their three years at St Paul’s is designed to give girls the confidence and life skills to make an effective transition from school to tertiary education or work and beyond.


All Year 13 boarding girls get to experience HULA, which is short for Harington University Learning Accommodation. Two detached HULA houses are situated adjacent to Harington House, the female student boarding house, and between the housemaster’s and deputy housemaster’s residences.

Each HULA residence accommodates four Year 13 Harington House boarding students at any one time. Each group of girls lives together for about five weeks in a “flatting” situation, which provides a taste of what it is like to live with others in a semi-independent, but monitored, environment.

Girls have their own bedroom and each pair of bedrooms is connected by a shared bathroom. Each HULA residence is fully equipped and the girls are each expected to prepare dinner one night a week, do their own laundry, and keep the facility clean and tidy according to a roster. The aim is to provide a homely environment while providing a degree of independence and accountability.