Halls of residence and villages

Halls combine academic support, and social events and activities, into a student experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Key dates 2019/2020

Applications for Semester 2 2019 remain open.

Key dates for applications for the 2020 academic year
1 August 2019 Online applications open for February 2020 start - Apply Here
15 September 2019 Common Confidential Reference Form (CCRF) due for New Zealand school leavers
27 September 2019, 12 noon (NZ time) Application due date
From 2 October 2019 Offers and waitlist offers made
18 October 2019 Due date for responses to offers plus required deposit if accepting
21 October 2019 Late applications considered.  All waitlisted students will be merged to a General Waitlist.
1 December 2019 Due date for guaranteed international offer
Mid-December 2019 Offers made to non-UC students (depending on availability)
1 May 2020 Due date for Semester 2 applications


All of UC's halls of residence and villages are located 5-15 minutes' walk away from campus facilities.

Compare UC halls and villages

Each hall and village has its own unique culture, so check out the options to decide what will suit you best. Deciding which to apply for is an individual decision. What would suit one student will not necessarily suit you – some students like formality, others prefer independence.

Compare your options based on things like location, accommodation type, facilities, meals, contract lengths and cost. 

Check out each hall for in depth information: 

A first year student is a school leaver generally 17-19 years of age. First year students 20+ are recommended to apply for a self-catered hall.  

View UC halls and villages

Hall tours are available but must be booked in advance - please check dates before booking your travel.  To respect the privacy of residents, hall tours are available only on specific Fridays and during secondary school holidays.  A hall tour includes all six first year halls of residence - Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, University Hall, Sonoda Christchurch Campus and Kirkwood Avenue Hall.  The Accommodation Services team will provide information, answer questions, and transport you between each location.  Book a tour.

Alternatively, view rooms and facilities on our 360 Panoramas and Video Tours or review options in the 2020 Accommodation Guide. 

Who halls and villages are suitable for

Halls and villages are a great option to settle into Christchurch, particularly if you are a new student who is from out of town or overseas.

Meals and catering

Halls and villages at UC have a range of convenient catering choices. Fully-catered (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) and self-catered options are available. Most dietary requirements are catered for whether they are based on health, religious or ethnic reasons. Casual meals or meal plans are available at University Hall if you are staying in a self-catered apartment or house on campus.

A supportive environment

A range of staff are on hand in various residential and non-residential roles to make sure your stay is safe, secure and happy. They also provide support for you if you need practical or emotional help.

Activities on your doorstep

Living in a hall or village there is always something to do. With Ilam Sports Fields a short walk away, you can easily join a wide range of sports teams for example rugby, soccer or netball. Throughout the year, there are also events for example formal dinners, ski trips, quiz nights and balls.

Guaranteed places for international students

Ease your transition to New Zealand life by living in a hall.

If you are a single international student who is over 18, UC guarantees you a place in a single fully-furnished room in one of the self-catered apartments at Ilam Apartments.  You must apply for a 48-week contract by 1 December in the year prior to study to be eligible.

Accommodation scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to full year residents in the halls at UC.

Accommodation Scholarships 2020

Apply for a hall of residence

You can apply for a hall of residence even before you know you have been accepted into your university courses. 

Applications for accommodation in the halls of residence for Semester 1 (February) and full year open on 1 August and are due the last Friday in September (12 noon) in the year prior to study for a February start.

Accommodation applications for second semester for students starting studying in July are due by 1 May. Late applications will be accepted if places are still available. 

Find more out about accommodation for international students or apply for a hall now.

More information

Contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga for more information and advice.