For most of its first 100 years the University was situated in the centre of Christchurch (now the Arts Centre). By 1975 it had completed its move to a spacious purpose-built 76 hectare site in the suburb of Ilam, 7km from the old city site.

Ilam homestead 1 landscape

History and chronology

When established in 1873, Canterbury College was only the second university in New Zealand.

painting by rita angus a uc legend

UC Legends

Renowned academics, authors and artists are amongst the notable alumni from UC.

Historical Footage

Online exhibitions

Exhibitions highlight interesting themes are discovered in UC's historical records.