Apply for a hall or village

Check out key application dates, hall locations and comparison charts or refer to the 2020 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.

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 and private board is preferred.  Students can also stay with a designated caregiver.

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 

Our new "How to Apply" video for NZ school leavers will be available here soon!

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).  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, which once completed, will email you a username and password that will enable you to save 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

After you have completed the online application form, you will also need a referee to provide a reference.  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 - Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, or University Hall (first year halls)

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

First preference - Graduate House, Hayashi, Ilam Apartments or Waimairi Village

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 2018 or 2019 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. Some 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.

If you are not successful in your preferred hall, your application will be forwarded to your second preference.  Should your next preferred hall not be able to offer you a room, you will receive an offer from an alternative hall with available rooms.  All offers, waitlist offers or alternative options will be emailed from Tuesday 2 October.  Every applicant will be offered a room.

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

If you do not wish to accept your offer, please talk to the hall regarding other options open to you to waitlist.  UC will be operating a General Waitlist which will become active on Monday 21 October.  All students on the General Waitlist will be offered a room or the option to remain on the General Waitlist that all halls will have access to. 

Accept your offer

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

  1. Complete and return your contract (check your offer and contract carefully as some halls will allocate rooms on a first-in, first-served basis whereas others will give you until the due date to respond)
  2. 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 currently staying in a hall of residence and wish to live on campus in 2020, you are a returning resident and do not need to complete a new online application form or pay an application fee. Here's what you need to do:

  • For current UCA residents (Graduate House, Hayashi, Ilam Apartments, Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Sonoda Christchurch Campus, University Hall, Waimairi Village), please log into the portal.
  • For current Bishop Julius Hall, College House or Rochester and Rutherford Hall residents wishing to move to Hayashi, Ilam Apartments or Waimairi Village, please self-register here.

 

If you have questions, please call 0508 864 425 or email residents@ucastudentvillage.co.nz

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:

Bishop Julius Hall (169 rooms)

Nigel Georgieff
Bursar, Bishop Julius Hall
90 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2747
bursar@bishopjulius.org.nz

 

College House (159 rooms)

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

 

Rochester and Rutherford Hall (192 rooms)

Warren Frost
Deputy Principal
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2836
deputy-principal@rochester-rutherford.org.nz

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


Kirkwood Avenue Hall (72 rooms)

Suzanne Edwards
Sales and Administration Manager
C/- Ilam Apartments
2 Homestead Lane, Christchurch
Tel: 0508 864 425
residents@ucastudentvillage.co.nz



Conferencing Facilities
are available at UC Accommodation Student Village:

Accommodation Services Team
UC Accommodation Student Village
Private Bag 4760
CHRISTCHURCH
Tel: +64 3 266 0400
conferencing@ucastudentvillage.co.nz

 

Summer Accommodation

UC Summer School Students

During the University Summer School Programme (Saturday 23 November 2019 - Sunday 2 February 2020), students are able to stay on-campus at Sonoda Christchurch Campus (University Hall and Ilam Apartments are subject to availability).  Early arrival or later departure dates may be available on a case-by-case basis.

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

Term Price per person (NZ$)
Stay for less than one week $58 per night (linen included)
Stay for minimum of one week (discounted rates available for current residents) $170 per week 
Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) (November 2019-February 2020). Accommodation located at Sonoda Christchurch Campus. $2,380 (14 weeks, self-catered) 
Headstart (January-February 2020). Accommodation located at University Hall or Ilam Apartments. $960 (3 weeks, including full meal plan)

A refundable contingency fee of $300 is applicable for bookings of 4 weeks or more.

Linen can be hired for $25 per week (2 x towels, 2 x sheets, pillow, duvet) or for longer stays, full bedding packs including towels and linen can be purchased at a one-off charge of $135.  Linen packs can be added at point of booking.

Accommodation is self-catered, however, meals will be available at University Hall from time to time throughout summer.  These can be purchased on arrival.

Term Price per person (NZ$)
Full meal plan (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) $150.00
Weekly dinner plan (7 meals per week) $85.00
One day meal plan (3 meals a day) $25.00
Breakfast only $8.00
Lunch only $11.00
Dinner only $14.00

To book outside dates indicated, please email stay@ucastudentvillage.co.nz or call 0508 864 425.  For stays of less than one week BOOK NOW using the code UCSTUDENT15 for a 15% discount off the nightly rate.

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.