First year, fully-catered. Facility provided and operated by a Board of Governors.

Live, Study, Achieve: at College House, our job is to set you on your path to becoming everything you aspire to be.

We provide a home away from home, we support your academic success and we involve you in a supportive community of exceptional people like you. While UC is expanding your mind, we’ll be extending you personally.

If you are accepted to College House, it will be because we can see you have the potential to be a future leader. 

You will enjoy College House’s grounds for its 159 residents which includes 11 residential houses, a large dining hall, several multi-purpose social spaces, indoor basketball, fitness equipment, and an all-weather tennis/netball court. The property is bound by two streams and borders the University gardens. College House is New Zealand's oldest and most traditional university college. It retains its traditions with formal dining three nights a week during term when students wear formal dress and academic gowns.

The essence of College House is its unique community spirit, assisted by returning students who maintain the traditions and help organise much of College House’s social, cultural and sporting programme.  

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Types of rooms available (NZ$)

Single room, fully-catered

$26,083 - 2024 Fees


  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury King single length bed
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Bookshelves
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Wardrobe
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Desk
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Heating
  • Dining hall
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared kitchenettes
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared common spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared study spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared bathrooms
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared washing machines and dryers
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Wifi throughout
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Secure bike storage


Unlimited for UC students - an internet account is activated on acceptance of formal enrolment offer.

Contract dates

Sunday 11 February 2024 - 24 hours after your final university commitment

Your residential contract is directly between you and College House

Costs (NZ$)

Residential fee

Contingency fee (refundable)

Administration fee (non-refundable)

Resident's association fee

Car parking (optional)


Payments and instalment dates (NZ$)

Payment 1 (on acceptance of place)
$935 ($330 administration fee, $330 contingency fee, $275 resident's association fee)

Payment 2 (17 January)

Payment 3 (6 May)

Payment 4 (2 September)

More information

Postal Address

College House
100 Waimairi Road, Ilam
Christchurch 8041
T: +64 3 364 2001

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Georgina Dibble

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