Step 6. Get prepared for University

Get the support you need

UC offers a range of support on campus that will help you ease into academic life.

Campus tours and future student events

Find out more about Campus tours and future student events so you can get to know UC before you get here. And make sure you come along to UC Orientation Day where events for all new students starting at UC held twice a year at the start of semester 1 and 2. 

Year 13 High School students

Your last year at school can be both an exciting and a stressful time. Find out more about the support available to you while you are still at school and advice on how to prepare for university life by visiting information for Year 13 High School students.

International students

Get a feel for life as an international student at the University of Canterbury and learn about the support on offer from orientation and enrolment through to graduation.

Māori students

The Māori Development Team is here to support you and your whānau throughout your tertiary journey. Find out about the services on offer to you as a Māori student and meet the UC Māori Advisors at Orientation day.

Pacific students

The Pacific Development Team provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Find out about the various events and support programmes on offer for Pacific students.

Students with disabilities

UC supports Students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources such as:

  • Practical support
  • Assistive technology
  • Information in alternate formats
  • Special arrangements for exams

Adult students

Whether you're returning to study or this is the first time you've thought about coming to university, we understand that furthering your education can be a daunting yet exciting prospect. Balancing work, family and study commitments is tricky so UC available to help you get the most out of your time at university. Find out more about UC's support for Adult students.

Services for new students

Here you will find information to help you settle in, and find your way around the essential services on offer.

Email and IT services

Find out how to access the Email and IT services you’ll need for your courses, plus information about printing and Wi-Fi access on campus.

Student ID card

Get yourself sorted out with an Student ID card for entering classes, using the library, receiving student discounts and much more.


Electronic and print resources can be located through the UC Library. This can be accessed 24/7 online through your laptop or mobile device.

Cycling, driving and public transport

Cycling, driving and public transport — find out all the information you need to get yourself to campus.

Campus maps

Use campus maps to locate the buildings and rooms on our four campuses.


How to access your personal timetable, plus all you need to know about lectures, tutorials and more.

Mentoring programmes

UC's Mentoring programmes are here to help you navigate your first year at UC — get help with connecting and engaging with university life and study.

Safety on campus and Security staff

The UC campus is generally a safe place however there are going to be heavy vehicles, increased traffic an uneven surfaces to look out for. Students are encouraged to stay alert while on campus and to report anything that they thing could be unsafe to staff.

At UC, student and staff safety is a priority – everyone is responsible for keeping an eye out for each other. In 2015 a new initiative will see student ‘Guardians’ on campus to help ensure everyone can come and go safely.

It is a good idea to avoid walking home at night wherever possible. Security staff can accompany you if you are on your own, just give them a call.

The University Security office is located at 114 Ilam Road and is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

General enquiries
Phone +64 3 364 2888 extn 6888

Emergency numbers
Phone +64 3 364 2888 extn 6111
Freephone in NZ 0800 823 637 (we recommend you put this nunber in your phone)
Visit a help and information point for emergencies only

Smokefree campus

UC is proud to be a completely smokefree campus. This means that smoking is not permitted on any University grounds including regional campuses, field stations and other premises.

The full policy can be reviewed in the Smoke-free Policy (PDF, 156KB).