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Eligibility criteria

17 October 2023

You can apply to live in UC student accommodation if you're a student with us or thinking of studying with us. You're also eligible if you're studying at another tertiary institution in Christchurch. Learn more about applying for a hall of residence at UC.


Check out key application dates, hall locations and comparison charts or refer to the 2024 Accommodation Guide.


Eligibility to apply

You’re eligible to live in UC student accommodation if you are a student or future student of:

  • University of Canterbury
  • Another tertiary institution in Christchurch (as preference is given to students intending to study at UC, your application will be placed on hold until mid-December). 

WiFi networks are available in all halls of residence for UC students or you can connect via wired (Ethernet) connection through 2degrees.

There are two steps to the application process for most students.  Check the reference requirements for the hall you are applying to under "Step 2". 

New to a hall of residence

Returning resident

If you are a current resident in any UC affiliated hall of residence and wish to apply to Hayashi; Mānuka, Kōwhai or Hīnau (Ilam Student Accommodation); or Sonoda for 2024, please complete an application as a Returning Student. Your email address will be the same, however, you may need to reset your password.  Returners applications will open on 1 August 2023.  No application fee is required.  Offers will be made in late September.

If you are a current resident in Arcady Hall, College House or Rochester and Rutherford Hall and wish to return to the same hall, please contact your hall office.

If you have had a break in your residency, you are not a returning student and will need to re-apply as a new student.

If you require assistance contact Accommodation Services.


2024 UniLodge Scholarships for Returning Students

 Read the Terms and Conditions and apply online.

  • Returning Resident Leader Scholarship (5 x $2,000 scholarships available)
  • Sustainable Development Excellence Scholarship (5 x $1,000 scholarships available)
  • Māori and Pasifika Student Leadership Scholarship (5 x $1,000 scholarships available)
Temporary Accommodation

If you are an individual student undertaking a short term course in Christchurch, or require accommodation to enable you to search for a longer-term house or flat, you may be able to stay on campus in a self-catered apartment.

Sonoda Christchurch Campus

Throughout the year, Sonoda can offer up to 30 rooms as temporary accommodation.  You will have your own fully-furnished room and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with up to four other students.  Laundry facilities are available in each building.  The cost for a single room is $NZ427 (2024 rate) per week (minumum stay two weeks).  

Check availability by contacting the hall directly
T: +64 3 266 0400


More information

If you need help with your application or have general questions, contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga.

Halls of Residence set their own fees, manage the selection process and send the offers.  If you have a question related to either of these, please contact your hall directly.

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