Halls of residence and villages

Halls combine academic support, and social events and activities, into a student experience that you won’t find anywhere else.


Most of UC's halls of residence and villages are located only a few minutes' walk away from campus facilities.

Compare UC Halls and villages

Each hall and village has its own unique culture, so you should look at all of the different options to decide what will suit you best. Deciding which to apply for is an individual decision. What would suit one student will not necessarily suit you – some students like formality, some like independence.

Compare your options based on things like location, accommodation type, facilities, meals, contract lengths and cost. View rooms and facilities on our 360 panoramas.

Check out each hall for in depth information: 

Want to take a closer look at the halls of residence before making your decision? Book a tour.

Who halls and villages are suitable for

Halls and villages are a great option to settle into Christchurch, particularly if you are a new student who is from out of town or overseas.

Meals and catering

Halls and villages at UC have a range of convenient catering choices. Fully-catered (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) and self-catered options are available. Most dietary requirements are catered for whether they are based on health, religious or ethnic reasons. Casual meals or meal plans are available at University Hall if you are staying in a self-catered apartment or house on campus.

A supportive environment

A range of staff are on hand in various residential and non-residential roles to make sure your stay is safe, secure and happy. They also provide support for you if you need practical or emotional help.

Activities on your doorstep

Living in a hall or village there is always something to do. With Ilam Sports Fields a short walk away, you can easily join a wide range of sports teams for example rugby, soccer or netball. Throughout the year, there are also events for example formal dinners, ski trips, quiz nights and balls.

Guaranteed places for international students

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Ease your transition to New Zealand life by living in a hall.

If you are a single international student who is over 18, UC guarantees you a place in a single fully-furnished room in one of the self-catered apartments at Ilam Apartments or Sonoda Christchurch Campus.  You must apply for a 50-week contract by 1 December in the year prior to study to be eligible.

Accommodation Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to full year residents in the halls at UC.

Accommodation Scholarships

Apply for a hall of residence

You can apply for a hall of residence even before you know you have been accepted into your university courses. 

Applications for accommodation in the halls of residence for Semester 1 (February) and full year open on 1 August and are due by 1 October in the year prior to study for a February start.

Accommodation applications for second semester for students starting studying in July are due by 1 May. Late applications will be accepted if places are still available. 

Find more out about accommodation for international students or apply for a hall now.

More information

Contact Accommodation Services for more information and advice.