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
For fully-catered accommodation - options are currently Bishop Julius Hall, Sonoda or University Hall.
For self-catered accommodation - options are currently Hayashi, Ilam Apartments, Kirkwood Avenue Hall or Waimairi Village.
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 applications for all NZ Citizens and Holders of a NZ Residence Class Visa or Australian Citizens/Permanent Residents are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of NZ$100 (including GST). The fee will apply to new international students from 1 January 2019, after an offer of a room has been made.
To fill out the form, you will need:
- The name, address and contact details of two emergency contacts
- Your hall preferences - you are required to select your 1st and 2nd preference so think carefully about your choices
- Your preferred course of study
- Education and examination information
- Information on any cultural interests and involvements over the last two years
- Information on any community service involvements over the last two years
- Sporting interests and involvements
- Positions of responsibility or leadership experience
- Person description
- Paragraph on how you expect to contribute to the life of the hall
- Credit/Debit Card (preferred) or bank transfer account details
For more information on filling out the form, we've prepared a guide: How to complete an online application form
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 and 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 made by Accommodation Services. Please email Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga with your changes.
You can also use your username and password to check the status of your application once you have submitted it. Once offers have been made, contact your hall directly or call Accommodation Services on +64 3 369 3569, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 for the requirement that applies to you 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.
For applications to:
Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, Sonoda Christchurch Campus or University Hall (first year halls)
These halls are typically for school leavers (17-19 years of age)- you will need to arrange for your school to complete an online Common Confidential Reference Form on your behalf. You can start this process by completing your part at NZCCRF Student Registration for Accommodation References form. If you are unable to provide a Common Confidential Reference Form, contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga.
For students currently not living in New Zealand, a school reference is acceptable.
For applications to:
Graduate House, Hayashi, Ilam Apartments or Waimairi Village
UC international College (UCIC), Study Abroad Programme, Reciprocal Exchange, and NZ Scholarship students are not required to provide a reference.
All students under 20
For 2018 or 2019 New Zealand school leavers - arrange for your school to complete an online Common Confidential Reference Form on your behalf. You can start this process by completing your part at NZCCRF Student Registration for Accommodation References form. If you are unable to provide a Common Confidential Reference Form, contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga.
For students currently not living in New Zealand, a 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
A reference is not required. Email Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga to let us know when you have completed your online application.
Making an application does not guarantee you a place in a hall of residence. Most halls undergo 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, your application will come back to Accommodation Services and we will communicate to you the available options. All offers, waitlist offers or alternative options will be emailed from Tuesday 2 October.
If you do not receive an offer of place, a hall may offer you a place on their waitlist. You can not choose to be on a waitlist. You need to decide if you want to go on the waitlist or be considered by another hall. Decide as quickly as possible and contact the hall to inform them of your choice.
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 (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)
- 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.
If you are currently staying in a hall of residence you are a returning resident and do not need to complete a new online application form or pay an application fee.
To apply for Graduate House, Hayashi, Ilam Apartments or Waimairi Village, please complete the form below:
If you have questions, please call 0508 864 425 or email email@example.com
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)
Bursar, Bishop Julius Hall
90 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2747
College House (159 rooms)
Rochester and Rutherford Hall (192 rooms)
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2836
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2799
Kirkwood Avenue Hall (72 rooms)
Sales and Administration Manager
C/- Ilam Apartments
2 Homestead Lane, Christchurch
Tel: 0508 864 425
Conferencing Facilities are available at UC Accommodation Student Village:
Accommodation Services Team
UC Accommodation Student Village
Private Bag 4760
Tel: +64 3 266 0400
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.