Apply for a Hall of Residence

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". 

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 NZ Scholarship 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 Student Accommodation, 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 2022 or 2023 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.  As in past years, halls will be prioritising applications using a wide range of criteria as well as taking the following into consideration:

  • students of younger age
  • students studying degrees only offered at UC
  • UC scholarship recipients
  • home address (to achieve a balance between residents from outside Christchurch and local students)
  • any specific personal circumstances.

The selection process will run between 27 September and 9 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; 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)

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


College House (159 rooms)

College House
100 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2001


Rochester and Rutherford Hall (192 rooms)

Kate O'Brien
Office Manager
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2799

Tupuānuku (504 rooms)

Residential Life Manager
3 Homestead Lane, Christchurch
Tel: 027 247 6822

Conferencing Facilities
are available at UniLodge.

Tel: +64 3 266 0400



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 weeks*

Ilam Student Accommodation
(27 November 2023 - 12 January 2024)

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)

(27 November 2023 - 6 January 2024)

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

(27 November 2023 - 4 February 2024)

Single room
Single room (catered - Jan-Feb only)


$165 per week
$198 per week
$198 per week
$308 per week

$198 per week
$412 per week

$190 per week
$400 per week

*No minimum stay for current residents.

Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) (November start). Accommodation located at Ilam Student Accommodation.  Unfortunately due to the 2024 full year contract start date, accommodation cannot be provided on campus after 4 February.  Alternative options are homestay or temporary accommodation off-campus.

Headstart, Takere and Women in Engineering (January - February 2024). Accommodation located at Tupuānuku (meals provided).

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 to purchase online.

To book, please email:

Ilam –
Sonoda – 
Tupuānuku – 

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 $NZ406 (2023 rate) per week (minumum stay two weeks).  Please note:  Accommodation is not available 12 January - 31 March 2024.

Check availability by contacting the hall directly
T: +64 3 595 2477

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.