Apply for a Hall of Residence

Applications for first year students due 21 September

Check out key application dates, hall locations and comparison charts or refer to the 2023 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". 

Step 1. Apply Here  

Which halls can I apply to?  Our handy Which Hall Flow Chart can help guide you to appropriate options depending on your age and level of study.

Please note:  New applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of NZ$100 (including GST).  Manaaki NZScholarship students are exempt.  Couples and families will be charged the application fee on receipt of an offer. 

The online application will take about 30-40 minutes to complete. The first part is a registration, in which you will select a username and password.  This will enable you to exit and come back to your application if you need to.  Please note that once you click "Save & Continue" at the end of a page, you are able to go back and edit that page but once you have accepted the "Declaration and Consent" page at the end of your application, any changes will need to be emailed to Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga.

Step 2. Provide a reference

You can arrange a reference in support of your application at any time.  See below or view our Step 2 Flow Chart.

Under 18 international students

Under 18 international students must stay in a fully-catered hall of residence to comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Homestay or with a designated caregiver is preferred.  Students studying through the UC International College (UCIC) must apply for homestay.

First preference - Arcady Hall, College House, Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, Tupuānuku, or University Hall (first year halls)

These halls are typically for school leavers (17-19 years of age). 

First preference - Hayashi, Ilam Apartments, or Sonoda Christchurch Campus

Study Abroad Programme, Reciprocal Exchange, and NZ Scholarship students are not required to provide a reference.

All students under 20

  • A Common Confidential Reference Form (CCRF) is required for 2021 or 2022 NZ school leavers.  Start this process by completing your part at NZCCRF Student Registration for Accommodation References form. If you are unable to provide a CCRF, contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga
  • For students currently not living in New Zealand, a written school reference or character reference is acceptable.  An appropriate referee would be an agent, employer, landlord, lecturer/tutor or minister - someone who knows you well but is not a friend or family member.  

All students 20 and over

Next steps

Submitting an application does not guarantee you a place in a hall of residence. All halls run a selection process. Halls aim to select students from various backgrounds and abilities to establish a well-rounded student community within the hall.

The selection process will run between 23 September and 5 October.  During this time applications will move between preferences but only one offer will be made.  Students who are not able to be offered a room will have the opportunity to be placed on a general waitlist for all halls, or consider an alternative hall with availability. 

PLEASE NOTE:  READ YOUR OFFER AND CONTRACT CAREFULLY.  Your contract is a legally binding document, make sure you read and understand it before signing.

Accept your offer

Once you have an offer you want to accept you need to confirm your place. You must:

  • Complete and return your contract.  If you require a car park, or have room allocation requirements, make this known to the hall on accepting your offer.
  • Pay the required deposit as specified in the offer (this amount varies from hall to hall).

If you do not return your contract by the due date, your contract will expire and your place will be offered to another student.

If you are paying for accommodation through a scholarship, please contact your hall to discuss payment options.

Returning resident

If you are a current resident in any UC affiliated hall of residence and wish to apply to Hayashi, Ilam Apartments, or Sonoda for next year, please complete an application as a Returning Student. Your email address will be the same, however, you will need to reset your password.

If you require assistance contact Accommodation Services. No application fee is required.

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.

Conference/Group Bookings

During university term and semester breaks and over the summer period (December/January) it may be possible to arrange conferences and bookings for sports teams and other groups in student accommodation. Bookings are made directly with the hall or village:

Arcady Hall (169 rooms)

Ollie van der Pol
Operations Manager
Arcady Hall
90 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2747
hello@arcadyhall.org.nz

 

College House (159 rooms)

Nigel Georgieff
Bursar, College House
100 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2001
bursar@collegehouse.org.nz

 

Rochester and Rutherford Hall (192 rooms)

Office Manager
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2799
office-manager@rochester-rutherford.org.nz


Tupuānuku (504 rooms)

Residential Life Manager
Tupuānuku
3 Homestead Lane, Christchurch
Tel: 027 247 6822
tupuanuku@unilodge.co.nz



Conferencing Facilities
are available at UniLodge.

UniLodge
Tel: +64 3 266 0400
canterbury@unilodge.co.nz

 

 

UC Summer School Students

During the University Summer School Programme, students are able to stay on campus at Ilam ApartmentsSonoda Christchurch Campus, or Tupuānuku.  

Prices are for a fully-furnished single room and include power:

Term (self-catered) Price per person (NZ$)

Stay for minimum of two nights* (Ilam Apartments or Sonoda only)

$70 per night

Stay for minimum of two weeks*

Ilam Apartments
Manuka - 6-Bedroom Apartment (single room)
Kowhai - 6 Bedroom Apartment (single room)
Hinau - 3-5 Bedroom Apartment (single room)
Hinau - 2-Bedroom Apartment (single room)

Sonoda
5-Bedroom Apartment (single room)
Self-Contained Flat

Tupuānuku
Single room

 

$155 per week
$185 per week
$185 per week
$268 per week


$185 per week
$330 per week


$175 per week

*No minimum stay for current residents.

Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) (November start). Accommodation located at Sonoda Christchurch Campus.

Headstart (January - February 2023). Accommodation located at Tupuānuku (meals provided, as below).

Headstart Catering Price per person (NZ$)
Weekly meal plan  $172.00
Breakfast only $11.00
Lunch only $14.00
Dinner only $18.00

No contingency fee for short stay bookings, damages charged at real time - students must pay two weeks in advance (two weeks pre arrival, and then two weeks on arrival to be in credit).

Cutlery and Crockery packs and Linen packs available for purchase from the Hall.

To book, please email:

Ilam – Ilam@unilodge.co.nz
Sonoda – Sonoda@unilodge.co.nz 
Tupuānuku – Tupuanuku@unilodge.co.nz 

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.