University of Canterbury
Established in 1873 Canterbury College, as it was then known, was only the second university in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It was set up on the Oxbridge model with one major difference: women students were admitted from the start. An early graduate, Helen Connon, became the first woman in the then British Empire to win honours.
Canterbury College was renamed Canterbury University College in 1933 before becoming the University of Canterbury in 1957.
For most of its first 100 years the University was situated in the centre of Ōtautahi Christchurch (now the Arts Centre) but moved to its current location in 1975, a spacious, purpose-built 76 hectare site in the suburb of Ilam. The ‘new’ University campus has a central complex of libraries, lecture theatres, laboratories and student accommodation surrounded by playing fields, woodlands and the renowned Ilam Gardens.
The University of Canterbury has five Colleges:
- College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
- College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
- College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
- College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
- College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
UC now has a diverse range of study options, offering over 120 qualifications in more than 150 subject areas. Ten local accommodation facilities provide board for more than 2,200 students.
It also has the most extensive network of field stations for student and staff research of any university in Aotearoa New Zealand, including Kaikoura, Cass, Westport, Harihari (South Westland), the sub-Antarctic Snares Islands and Antarctica, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier astronomical research facility at Mount John in Tekapo.
Whether you are here for just a few weeks or a few years, UC has accommodation options to meet your needs.
Halls of residence
UC recognise that postgraduate study comes with different demands to undergraduate study and a postgraduate living environment can help support you and others at the same level of study. We also understand the differing needs with start and end dates not always fitting into standard semester contracts (February-June or July-December).
To meet these needs, a Postgraduate Flexi contract is on offer with a 16-week minimum stay. You are able to extend your contract after your initial 16-week stay to the end of a semester contract (June or December). Alternatively, discuss your departure date directly with your hall at the time your contract is due to be extended.
Please Note: If your programme of study is for less than 16 weeks, please email Accommodation Services and we will contact the hall to organise a contract to meet your programme needs.
Catered (breakfast and dinner)
- Hayashi – a new build in 2018, Hayashi comprises 16 two-storey townhouses for students in their second year of study and beyond.
- Sonoda – a group of 3-bedroom apartments set in Japanese-inspired grounds for students in their second year of study and beyond. A dedicated study space will be available in each apartment (this layout is specific to the Postgraduate Flexi contract).
Self-Catered (or optional meal plan at University Hall)
- Ilam Apartments – a large hall for students of all ages and at all levels of study, and a short 5 minute walk to campus.
The availability of rooms will depend on the time of year you plan to arrive. Room rates range from $245 per week including power and linen. All rooms are fully-furnished providing a shared kitchen equipped with basic essentials. Common spaces are cleaned fortnightly. Free parking is available on site for Sonoda and Hayashi residents – numbers are limited.