Getting to UC

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If you’re travelling to Christchurch, make sure to book your flights and accommodation. AA Travel and Trip Advisor are both good websites to start with. There are a number of motels available in the Ilam area, particularly in Riccarton Road. Other options are accommodation on Papanui Road and Bealey Avenue – approximately a 10 minute drive to campus or you could stay at one of UC's Hall of Residences.

Halls of Residence and Student Villages

Stay in one of our Halls of Residence.

Nearby accommodation

Listed below is a selection of establishments located within 10 minutes’ walk of campus. Please make bookings directly with your chosen provider.

Free buses

To help you get to Open Day UC is putting on a free bus service from different parts of Christchurch and Canterbury. Catch a free bus to and from Open Day from Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora, Eastgate Mall and the Christchurch Airport.

Seats are limited, register for your bus below.

UC ambassadors will meet you on arrival to University and show you where to go.

For more information about buses call UC Events on 03 369 3622.

Timaru - book your seat here

Time Venue
6.05am Departs Station St Bus Stop, Timaru
8.35am Arrives University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.15pm Departs University – Ilam Road bus stop
7.55pm Arrives Station St Bus Stop, Timaru

Ashburton - book your seat here

Time Venue
7.30am Departs Ashburton College, 27 Walnut Avenue
8.55am Arrives University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.15pm Departs University – Ilam Road bus stop
6.45pm Arrives Ashburton College, 27 Walnut Avenue

Rangiora - book your seat here

Time Venue
8am Departs Rangiora High School, E Belt
8.55am Arrives University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.15pm Departs University – Ilam Road bus stop
6.10pm Arrives Rangiora High School, E Belt

Eastgate Mall - book your seat here

Time Venue
8.15am Departs Eastgate Mall, Buckleys Road
8.55am Arrives University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.15pm Departs University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.55pm Arrives Eastgate Mall, Buckleys Road

Christchurch Airport - book your seat here

Time Venue
8.15am Departs (meet outside the domestic terminal)
8.50am Arrives University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.15pm Departs University – Ilam Road bus stop
5.45pm Arrives 

Transport options from the airport to the University of Canterbury

When you arrive into Christchurch there are three transport options to deliver you to your chosen accommodation. Taxis and shuttles are available as well as the Purple line bus (approx. $8 one way for an adult). The bus will take you past the University and to Riccarton Road.

The airport also provides customer service representatives who will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

For more information see:

  • Purple line timetable
  • Super Shuttles Click on the Supershuttle link and enter the promo code uni to receive a 10% discount on your shuttle transfers to and from UC's Open Day (this applies anywhere in New Zealand, not just Christchurch). Online bookings only.

Where can I park?

There is free parking available all day, off University Drive (Clyde Road end) in the: