After five months of hunting Madison Lesa and her boyfriend have finally found a house to rent.
The 21-year-old, who is studying primary teaching full-time, struggled to find a rental property for her, her boyfriend and another couple.
"My boyfriend and I are both 21 so we get stereotyped as a partier or a house trasher," she said.
Competition for properties was fierce and it was not uncommon for listing on TradeMe to have been viewed hundreds or even thousands of times, she said.
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Miss Lesa was thrilled to have been given an opportunity and was excited to be moving into the central city house on Friday.
Her advice to others was to "sell yourself".
"It's like going into a job interview. Instead of going through the internet all the time it's good to go into a real estate agent and say 'hi'."