University Hall Resident Profiles

Pasifika Profile
Emma Puloka

Emma Puloka
Studying towards a Bachelor of Science

Emma lived in University Hall in her first year at Canterbury in 2009. She made close friends with a group of around 15 international students from countries such as Malaysia, India, Taiwan and Vanuatu. 'We’d eat together, study in the library until 2am together, and were there for each other when our home countries went through natural disasters like the 2009 tsunami. It was a hard transition going from home in Tonga to a hall, but those guys made it easier.'

2012 Residents
Alex Priest

Alex Priest
Rangi Ruru Girls' School, Christchurch
Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish and a Bachelor of Laws

‘I opted to stay in University Hall because of its more laid back feel and casual, fun nature. It seemed more open and the atmosphere really friendly.'

Bobby Richards

Bobby Richards
King's College, Auckland
Studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics

‘I especially like meeting so many people from all over the country. And now I realise that I didn’t need to worry about moving away from my high school friends at all – they’re still only a text message away.’

2011 Resident
Caitlyn Downing

Caitlyn Downing
Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts

'I truly believe that Canterbury has one of the most beautiful campuses in New Zealand. I still remember exploring the campus the first time as a Year 13 student and I was just in awe of the place. If anyone wants to get a degree with the most support and help, then Canterbury is the place. Everyone is just so helpful and wants to see you achieve the best you can.'

2010 Resident
Johanna King

Johanna King
Tuakau College, Auckland
Studying towards a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

'I was looking for a hall that is close to uni, and has a variety of people. I chose University Hall because it has a good reputation, good facilities and a large number of students. It’s a friendly environment to live in, and the food is good.'

2009 Resident
Rachael Gresson

Rachael Gresson
Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts

'Living in a Hall is a really good idea to get you out of your comfort zone, to help you meet new people, and to try new things.'