Halls of Residence
Halls combine academic support, and social events and activities, into a student experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Key Dates 2022
Applications for Semester 2 2021 remain open.
|Key dates for applications for the 2022 academic year|
|1 August 2021||Online applications open for February 2022 start|
|15 September 2021||Common Confidential Reference Form (CCRF) due for New Zealand school leavers|
|22 September 2021 (12 noon)||Application due date|
|5 October 2021||Offers made|
|21 October 2021||Due date for responses to offers plus deposit if accepting|
|22 October 2021||Late applications considered|
|1 December 2021||Due date for guaranteed international offer|
|Mid-December 2021||Offers made to non-UC students or Semester 1 only students (depending on availability)|
|1 May 2022||Due date for Semester 2 applications|
Students who are not offered a room in one of their preferred halls, will have the option to be placed on a General Waitlist for all halls. The General Waitlist will be held with Accommodation Services.
The halls of residence are located 2-15 minutes' walk away from campus facilities.
Compare halls of residence
Each hall of residence 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:
- Arcady Hall (first year, fully-catered)
- College House (first year, fully-catered)
- Hayashi (second year+, self-catered)
- Ilam Apartments (all students, self-catered - catered option for first years)
- Kirkwood Avenue Hall (first year, self-catered)
- Kirkwood Flats (couples only, self-contained units)
- Rochester and Rutherford Hall (first year, fully-catered)
- Sonoda Christchurch Campus (second year+, self-catered)
- Tupuānuku (first year, fully-catered and self-catered)
- University Hall (first year, fully-catered)
A first year student is a school leaver generally 17-19 years of age. First year students 20+ are recommended to apply for Ilam Apartments. Hayashi and Sonoda Christchurch Campus will consider a first year student who will be 20+ on arrival.
- First Year Halls of Residence Comparison Chart
- Beyond First Year Comparison Chart
- Couples and Families Comparison Chart
View halls of residence
Hall tours are available May-September 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. The Accommodation Services team will provide information, answer questions, and accompany you between each first-year location. Book a tour.
Who halls of residence are suitable for
Halls of residence 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 of residence offer 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 on campus.
UC is completely committed to ensuring all students succeed academically in a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment. The Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 sets out minimum standards of care and support that are expected of tertiary education providers. UC is also signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. A new Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary and International Learners comes into effect on 1 January 2022.
View a video outlining what you can expect from the Code here.
At each hall of residence, a range of staff are on hand in various residential and non-residential roles to make sure your stay is safe, secure and happy. Information on support or how to raise a concern is outlined on the Domestic Code webpage.
Activities on your doorstep
Living in a hall of residence 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.
There are a number of scholarships available to full year students in halls of residence. Some are UC scholarships, others are offered by the hall directly.
Campus Living Villages Scholarships Application Form - due 24 September 2021
University Hall announces the recipients of two $5,000 University Hall Leadership Scholarships for 2021
Studying Law and Political Science
2021 University Hall Leadership Scholarship Recipient
"Winning the Uni Hall Leadership Scholarship was a huge achievement for me ... I’m really looking forward to this year at Uni Hall, especially getting to develop more relationships with fellow Uni Hallers."
2021 University Hall Leadership Scholarship Recipient
"I was extremely overjoyed when I found out that I had received the scholarship and was so excited to make the great move down to Christchurch and into Uni Hall. I am mostly looking forward to all the social events throughout the year - especially the Ball, as well as the interhall competitions!"
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 in the year prior to study.
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.
Contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga for more information and advice.