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As well as providing a safe place to call home, Queen Street Student Apartments offers spiritual support and guidance to all our residents. Here you’ll make friends with like-minded people who understand your way of life and beliefs.
We are next door to the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church and encourage students to become part of our extended Christian family. There are regular services and events that form a central part of community life at Queen Street Student Apartments.
Arriving in a new place and starting out on your own for the first time can be stressful. Our aim is to offer a safe place where you can relax and feel at home. At Queen Street Student Apartments there’s always someone to talk to and there are a range of activities in our calendar, from movie nights to cookery courses to sports events.
Our Ministry Team is available to provide spiritual support and to connect you with the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church next door or other faith communities. Residents are encouraged to take part in church life.
Weekly Community Time
Every week we encourage students to take part in our community time. Here we come together, in our large lounge/recreation room, to share a meal and take part in some spiritual reflection. This may include worship and music, spiritual discussions, teaching, and prayer.
To help you settle into life at the apartments and get to know the other residents we run an annual orientation camp which you must attend. Held at the beginning of the first semester, this is a great opportunity to connect with other residents and build a sense of community with the students who you will share the year with.
Queen Street Student Apartments is owned by the TabTrust whose Trustees are members of the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church. Live-in Managers are employed by the TabTrust to manage the day-to-day running of these apartments.
In 1962 the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church purchased 62 Symonds Street (just up the road from the university) and established the Baptist Youth Hostel. The Youth Hostel provided safe Christian-based accommodation for young people who were studying or working in the central city.
In 1976 the Baptist Youth Hostel relocated to 149 Gillies Avenue, Epsom. The hostel continued to operate there until 2006 providing accommodation and a community for many young Christian students who had shifted to Auckland. In the 1980s the management transferred to Baptist Action (a Baptist social services organization).
In 2005 Baptist Action reorganized its ministry activities. As part of that process, they closed the Gillies Ave hostel and re-established a modern hostel in the central city. Part of the sale proceeds from the Epsom property was gifted to the Baptist Tabernacle Church and the TabTrust to fit out the top floor of the TabTrust’s (then brand new) building at 441 Queen Street. The ‘new hostel’ operated under the joint management of the Tab Church and TabTrust until early 2013 when the TabTrust took full ownership.
The hostel was renamed Queen Street Student Apartments for 2017 and continues to be owned and operated by the TabTrust.
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