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 UC campus is approximately 10 minutes' drive from Christchurch International Airport.  Options for transport to campus include the Purple Line BusNZ Look Shuttles, or Taxis and Shuttles

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: 

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.  

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.

Alternatively, view 360 panoramas and videos or review options in the 2022 Accommodation Guide

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.

Pastoral Care

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.

Accommodation scholarships

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.

2022 Accommodation Scholarships

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

2021 UH Leadership Scholarship

Holly Dowler
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

Kayla Sinclair
Studying Engineering
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. 

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.