2015 Study Abroad and Exchange Programme Students

In conjunction with UC Accommodation Student Village (UCA), UC has developed a special accommodation package specifically designed for students on approved Study Abroad or Exchange programmes.

This package offers excellent value and is the most hassle-free option for most students, however acceptance of the arrangement is not mandatory.

Students can also apply for homestay accommodation or try private renting. Students on full academic year programmes (February - November) may also choose to apply for a place in another hall or village.

Accommodation Package

A special on-campus accommodation package for Study Abroad and Exchange students has been developed in conjunction with UC Accommodation Student Village (UCA).

These self-catered 3, 4, 5 or 6 bedroom apartments offer independent living with the bonus of living on-campus in a secure and supportive study environment and are ideal for individual students over 18 years of age. Residents have their own fully-furnished bedroom with internet access and each apartment has a kitchen equipped with basic essentials for students to make their own meals.

This package is open to all students coming on university-approved Study Abroad or Exchange programmes, as verified by the University's International Relationships Office.

Hinau Apartment BedroomThe package includes the following:

  • Administration Fee
  • Accommodation Fees
  • Utilities charges, including water and electricity
  • Linen and Bedding Pack
  • Residents' Association Fee
  • A Special Study Abroad and Exchange Welcome Pack
  • Opportunity to make up for any ‘unused time’ in the student’s contract at another participating Campus Living Village in New Zealand, Australia, the UK or the US as part of "Go Explore" (subject to availability - refer to information on "Go Explore" below).

Package Prices

Students coming for one semester only
2015 Package Rate: NZ$5,645** for a one semester only arrangement.

Students coming for the whole academic year
2015 Package Rate: NZ$10,395** for a whole academic year arrangement (February-November).

**Included is a $300 refundable Contingency Fee. This will be refunded at the end of the student's stay, less any deductions for damage, loss, unpaid accommodation fees or fines etc.

Payment must be made by semester unless other arrangements have been made.

Accommodation Dates

Semester 1 (February start):
Arrival - Monday 26 January 2015 (an earlier arrival date is subject to availability).
Departure - no later than 10.00 am on Monday 29 June 2015.
Please Note - An International Welcome will take place on Tuesday 17 February 2015.

Semester 2 (July start) :
Arrival - Monday 6 July 2015 (an earlier arrival date is subject to availability).
Departure - no later than 10.00 am on Monday 7 December 2015.
Please Note - An International Welcome will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2015.

Whole Academic Year (February start)*:
Arrival - Monday 26 January 2015 (an earlier arrival date is subject to availability).
Departure - no later than 10.00 on Monday 7 December 2015.
Please Note - An International Welcome will take place on Tuesday 17 February 2015.

*Students coming for UC's Semester 2 2015 and also Semester 1 2016 can apply for the Semester 2 package and will then need to apply separately for 2016.

Availability Guarantee

UC Accommodation Student Village (UCA) guarantees the availability of this accommodation package for all students coming on university-approved Study Abroad or Exchange programmes (verified by the University's International Relationships Office), provided that they complete the online application for accommodation by 1 December 2014 for first semester (February 2015 start) or by 1 May 2015 for second semester (July 2015 start).

However, all intending residents should note that the Offer of Accommodation (emailed out following receipt of the application by UCA) has a two week deadline for acceptance. Late return of the acceptance may result in the loss of the room. Applications received after the above deadlines will be offered accommodation subject to availability.

Application ProcedureIlam Apartments

All students who would like to take up this offer must complete the online application form for accommodation before 1 December for first semester (February start) or by 1 May for second semester (July start).

Student details will be confirmed with the University's International Relationships Office and then applications will be processed.

All students should send their arrival details to the Accommodation Office to arrange an airport pickup. This must be done at least one week prior to departure.

Information on "Go Explore"

UC Accommodation Student Village (UCA) is managed by Campus Living Villages (a global company with student villages across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as New Zealand). "Go Explore" is your passport, as a CLV resident, to free accommodation in one of 36 cities around the globe. Students may stay for no longer than 2 weeks in one other Campus Living Village taking part in "Go Explore". The stay must be taken up either immediately before the start of the academic year for those students arriving in Semester 1, or immediately following their last university commitment at the end of the year for those students arriving in Semester 2.

Students should notify UCA of their intention to request to take up "Go Explore" at the time of applying for accommodation and complete the "Go Explore" Application Form. Further information is available by emailing enquiries@ucastudentvillage.co.nz.

Off-Campus AccommodationPrivate Renting

For those students coming only for one semester, it can be difficult to find off-campus accommodation as most rental properties around the university area come unfurnished and have 52 week leases. Most halls and villages also give preference to full year applicants.

For students wishing to apply for homestay, please contact the Accommodation Office for an application form.

Please Note: The Christchurch rental market is tight at the moment and it is difficult to get private rental accommodation in most areas. Study Abroad and Exchange students are, therefore, advised to apply for accommodation at UC Accommodation Student Village as outlined above or apply for homestay.