First year, self-catered. Facility provided by the University of Canterbury, and operated by UniLodge.

With a maximum of 64 full-time students, Kirkwood Avenue Hall offers the support and community of a first-year hall in a self-catered environment.  Kirkwood Avenue Hall provides the flexibility for students with allergies, specific dietary requirements, or who just prefer the independence of self-catering.    

Kirkwood Avenue Hall offers multiple social spaces, study spaces, the UC Recreation Centre nearby to help maintain a balanced lifestyle, and the support of four Taurima to ensure you make the most of your first year at UC.  Tutorials, activities and events are all offered to students.

Single and ensuite (own bathroom) rooms are available.  Single rooms include a hand basin.  Kitchens provide lockable cupboards for food storage and individual fridge and freezer space.

Bed linen is not provided but can be purchased online.

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Types of rooms available (NZ$)

Single room, self-catered

$11,068 (41 weeks) – 2023 Fees

Ensuite room, self-catered

$12,380 (41 weeks) – 2023 Fees


  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury King single bed
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Bookshelves
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Wardrobe
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Desk
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Heating
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared kitchen with basic essentials
  • Shared dining room
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared common spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared study spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Wash basin in bedroom
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared bathroom, some ensuites (own bathroom)
  • © 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

Saturday 11 February to Saturday 25 November 2023 (41 weeks)

Your residential contract is directly between you and UniLodge

Costs (NZ$)

Residential fee
$10,168 - Single room
$11,480 - Ensuite room

Administration fee (non-refundable)

Resident's association fee

Contingency fee (refundable)

Car parking (optional)
$500 or student permit parking on campus

Bed linen pack (optional)
Available to purchase online

Cutlery/crockery pack (optional)
Available to purchase online


Payments and instalment dates (NZ$)

Payment 1 (on acceptance of place)
$900 ($300 administration fee, $300 residential life fee, $300 contingency fee)

Payment 2 (16 January)
$1,240 (5 week's rent) - Single room
$1,400 (5 week's rent) - Ensuite room

Fortnightly thereafter
$496 - Single room
$560 - Ensuite room

More information

Statement of Intent

"Live the UniLodge Life."

UniLodge has been providing pastoral care for students for over 20 years and our Residential Life Program aims to foster inclusive communities through a diverse range of events and initiatives to support residents to achieve academic success.
We understand that university is a transformative time in a student’s life, and we build our program around this to inspire development, build lifelong friendships, and support students through any challenges they may encounter.

All of our staff receive training and resources to be able to assist students to access the right support for them, ranging from helping residents adapt to living away from home, accessing financial support, or helping them find a counsellor to talk things through.
UniLodge has strong industry partnerships with universities and other institutions to help students navigate their options, as well as inform them of community-based resources.

Each resident is a unique individual and can expect from UniLodge, an environment that has clear, reasonable and effective practices, and that aligns with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary and International Learners.

Postal Address

UniLodge Kirkwood Avenue Hall
7 Kirkwood Avenue
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
T: +64 (03) 266 0400

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