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Boarding Facilities

Scots College has a rich history of boarding, dating back to its establishment in 1916. Originally catering to rural families seeking educational opportunities for their sons, the boarding facilities quickly grew, accommodating up to 140 boarders during the 1960s.

In 2007, boarding numbers had declined to 30, prompting the College's strategic decision to invest in boarding and revitalize Gibb House. The result was a new and popular facility, filling all 60 available spots within two years. Seven-day boarding was reintroduced, and subsequent property acquisitions expanded the College's boarding capacity to over 100 students.

To further enhance the boarding experience, new Boarding Houses were opened in 2015 and 2018. These modern and comfortable accommodations feature single rooms for seniors and twin share rooms for others, each equipped with study facilities and online access. For senior boarders seeking more independence, supervised flats located on the College's boundary offer an opportunity for independent living.

Boarding at Scots College has evolved into a diverse community, attracting students from Years 9 to 13 from various regions around New Zealand such as Nelson, Blenheim, Hawkes Bay Queenstown, Kāpiti Coast and Wairarapa, in addition to local boarders from Wellington city. The growth in international students has also been significant, with approximately 50% of boarders hailing from overseas. Representing 14 different countries, these students contribute to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Gibb House, fostering a global perspective and enriching the boarding experience for all.