Accommodation options for UC International College students (UCIC)

UCIC Accommodation

Halls of residence

Campus Living Villages Ltd offers accommodation specifically tailored to your needs. If you are coming to UC to complete a Foundation Studies (FS) course or for the University Transfer Programme (UTP), accommodation can be arranged for February, June or October starts for a minimum of two UCIC semesters. This is the easiest and recommended option as your accommodation can be arranged before you arrive.  Regular events and activities are arranged for residents and the friendly staff are available to help and support you at any time.

Self-catered apartments

Ilam Apartments or Sonoda Christchurch Campus offer you independent apartment-style living with the bonus of living on-campus in a supportive community and are ideal for individual students over 18 years of age. You will have your own fully-furnished room and share a kitchen equipped with basic essentials, bathroom, living and laundry facilities.  The apartments are home to students of all ages, at all levels of study, and from all over the world.  Accommodation is offered in either a Hinau 4/5-bedroom apartment or a Sonoda 5-bedroom apartment. 

Self-catered hall of residence

Kirkwood Avenue Hall is a smaller hall of residence with 68 rooms located next to the UC campus and close to UCIC classes.  Single and ensuite (own bathroom) rooms are available specifically for students in their first year of study 18 years or over. Four Residential Assistants will provide academic and pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition from home to a tertiary environment.  A shared kitchen and individual food storage areas are offered along with recreational and study spaces.


Residential costs will vary depending on when you are arriving.  Contract dates are for a minimum of two UCIC semesters.  A deposit is required of NZ$300 to confirm your place.


Contract Dates for each UCIC Semester

Ilam Apartments/Sonoda
(2 semesters minimum)

Kirkwood Avenue Hall
(2 semesters minimum)

UCIC Semester 1
(February 2018 start)

Mon 22 January - Mon 24 September 2018
(36 weeks)


Single room NZ$7,560

UCIC Semester 2
(June 2018 start)

Mon 21 May 2018 - Sun 27 January 2019
(36 weeks)


Not available

 In addition to residential costs, the package includes:

  • $300 Administration Fee
  • $200 Residents' Association Fee (Ilam/Sonoda only)
  • $300 Residents' Association Fee (Kirkwood only)
  • Linen and bedding pack
  • A Welcome Pack

Payments must be made before you arrive unless alternative arrangements have been made.

If you are continuing your study for UC's Semester 1 or Semester 2, you can extend your stay by contacting the hall office. A further application is not required.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form  selecting "UCIC 2018 (February, June, October)" as your term. For more information on filling out the form, we've prepared a guide: Completing the Online Application Form - UCIC 2018. We recommend that you apply as soon as your UCIC course is confirmed.

Student details will be confirmed with UCIC before applications are processed. Accommodation is dependent on availability. 


For students under 18 years of age, homestay is the preferred option. Homestay provides you with your own fully-furnished room living with a New Zealand family in the family home.  The room rate is NZ$270 per week plus a NZ$330 placement fee. There is a minimum stay of 8 weeks with at least 2 weeks' notice required to make a placement, although earlier applications are recommended.  An application form can be found on the Homestay web page.

Private Renting

Renting privately is generally for a fixed term of 12 months and is a private arrangement between you and your landlord.  Not all properties are fully-furnished and this would need to be factored into your budget as well as transport, insurance, food and power.  This is not a recommended option for when you first arrive in New Zealand.

Apply for a free airport pickup

If you are arriving in New Zealand for the first time and are intending to study for at least one semester, you are eligible for a free airport pickup service. You will be picked up on arrival at Christchurch International Airport and delivered to your pre-arranged accommodation.

Complete the airport pickup form to request this service.

More information

Contact Accommodation Services for more information and advice.