Founded in 1873

Founded in 1873

University of Canterbury

Founded in 1873

Founded in 1873

University of Canterbury

Quick facts

  • 13,594

  • 3,000

    International students
  • 270

    World ranking
  • 4

    Country ranking

University of Canterbury

For most of its first 100 years the University was situated in the center of Ōtautahi Christchurch (now the Arts Center) 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. 

This university has five colleges namely College of Arts, College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Education, Health and Human Development, and College of Business and Law. It also has over 35 research institutes. Each of these colleges offers various degrees programs in arts, commerce, technology, fine arts, sports, and music, law, and health sciences. 

Many programs are focused on teaching, physical education, forestry, and language pathology. 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.

Off-campus accommodation

annual rent in Christchurch
based on univly research


Shared house

$6,948 NZD


Shared house

$4,632 NZD


Entire house

$13,896 NZD


Halls combine academic support, and social events and activities, into a student experience that you won’t find anywhere else. The halls of residence are located 2-15 minutes' walk away from campus facilities. 

There are several halls that you have to decide which is a suitable decision. For example Bishop Julius Hall is a short 7 minute walk through the University gardens to the Puaka-James Hight Library, lecture theatres, Haere-roa (UC Students' Association) and other student facilities. 

The hall has a tradition of excellence since 1917. With a study centre, common room, and a landscaped central courtyard, the hall provides a warm and friendly environment for you to obtain the best academic results and to make lifelong friends amongst the 169 residents and Residential Assistants. 

Facilities in this hall include King single bed, Bookshelves, Wardrobe, Desk, Dining Hall, Shared kitchenettes, common spaces, Shared study space, Shared bathrooms, Shared washing machines and dryers, Wifi, Secure bike storage.

Accommodation offer for study abroad or exchange students: Campus Living Villages offer free accommodation in one of 36 cities around the globe. You can stay for up to 2 weeks in one other Campus Living Village at either the start or end of your stay.

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