External resources

There is a wide range of disability agencies and organisations in Christchurch - the Disability Resource Service has an extensive range of information, contact details, pamphlets and brochures available.

You may find it helpful to keep the following list handy.

Information centres


314 Worcester Street
Phone: (03) 366 6189
Freephone: 0800 347 242
Email: disinfo@aspirecanterbury.org.nz

Citizens Advice Bureau

CAB North
Open: Mon and Fri 11am to 5pm, Tue, Wed and Thurs 2pm to 5pm
Fendalton Library: Corner Clyde and Jeffreys Roads, Fendalton, Christchurch 8052 
Phone: (03) 359 8090 

CAB Christchurch City
Open: Mon & Fri 9am to 12pm, Tue, Wed & Thurs 9am to 3pm
Christchurch Polytechnic: Former Student Health Centre Building
15 Williams Street, Corner Ferry Road and Williams Street, Central City, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 366 6490
Freephone: 0800 367 222
Email: christchurchnorth@cab.org.nz


Office Phone: (03) 379 4795 
Counselling Line: 0800 376 633 or Free TXT 234
Email: talk@youthline.co.nz


DPA (NZ) Inc

Disabled Persons Assembly Christchurch & Districts (DPA) 
Phone: (03) 379 8525
Email: dpachch@cyberxpress.co.nz

DPA (NZ) Inc is an umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities, organisations involved in advocacy on their behalf, and service providers.

Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination


PO Box 2379
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140
Phone: 0800 866 877 
Email: office@lifelinks.co.nz

A needs assessment is required to access the disability support services in the community that are funded by the Canterbury District Health Board. Service Co-ordinators are available to assist with arranging for the supports to be put in place. Lifelinks provides needs assessment and service co-ordination for people who have a physical, intellectual, sensory or psychiatric (including alcohol and drug) disability.

Training and Education Support


337 St Asaph Street, corner of St Asaph and Barbadoes streets.
Phone: (03) 962 8369
Fax: (03) 962 8366
Email: karenr@workbridge.co.nz

Workbridge manages the Training Support, Job Support and Self-Start Funds. The Training Support Fund provides financial support for a person with a disability undergoing training or education as part of their plan to gain open employment.

Specialised Equipment for People with Disabilities

ENABLE New Zealand 

36 Kingsley Street
Phone: 0800 362 253
Email: enable@enable.co.nz

Enable Wheelchairs administers the funding of wheelchairs and some other mobility equipment on behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board; Enable Stores administers the funding of other services including housing alterations, vehicle grants, driving assessments.

Income Support


The freephone/fax numbers to call for all queries about student allowances are:

Freephone: 0800 88 99 00
Deaf Link Freefax: 0800 88 33 88

Accident Compensation Corporation

Accident Compensation Corporation
ACC Christchurch
20 -22 Twigger Street
Christchurch 8140
Phone: 0800 222 822


The University of Canterbury Accommodation Advisors can provide assistance with and advice on:

  • Accommodation options for prospective students
  • The application process for the halls of residence
  • The costs associated with living away from home
  • Private renting, landlord and tenancy issues
  • Airport pickups for international students

Halls of Residence

The University of Canterbury has six halls of residence which are all independently operated although University Hall and the Ilam and Sonoda Apartments are managed by UC Accommodation Student Village.

All of the halls offer fully-furnished rooms, computer facilities with University network and internet access, social and recreation facilities, and study rooms. All halls are located a few minutes walk from the campus facilities.

All halls have male and female students on mixed floors.

Halls of residence – fully catered (meals provided)

  • Bishop Julius
  • College House
  • Rochester and Rutherford
  • University Hall

Halls of Residence – Self-catered (meal plans are available upon request)

  • Ilam Apartments
  • Sonoda Apartments

Other advice and support on housing can be obtained from Housing New Zealand.

Housing New Zealand 

Phone: 0800 801 601


ACHIEVE is a national network established to ensure equal opportunity and access to post-secondary education and training for people with disabilities.

Its membership includes

  • Students with disabilities, their families and friends
  • Post-secondary education providers
  • Disability Co-ordinators and other professionals supporting students with disabilities in post-secondary education
  • Service providers in the disability community

The University of Canterbury is a corporate member of ACHIEVE.

National Post-Secondary Education Disability Network
c/- Otago University
PO Box 56

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