First year, fully-catered. Facility provided and operated by an Executive Council.

Rochester and Rutherford Hall is set on grounds laid out with established trees and gardens, and has accommodation for 192 residents in three four-storied buildings plus an additional two houses located on the perimeter of hall grounds.  All rooms have been upgraded, including the Recreation Room, and are double-glazed. The hall offers you a site that is large enough to be interesting yet small enough for you to get to know everyone.

It is the closest hall to Haere-roa (UC Students' Association) and the Health Centre. The local shopping centres are just over ten minutes’ walk away, and the hall is within ten minutes' drive of Christchurch International Airport.

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Types of rooms available (NZ$)

Single room, fully-catered

$20,500 - 2023 Fees


  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Single and king single beds
  • © 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 space
  • © 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

Wednesday 15 February 2023 - 24 hours after your final university commitment

Your residential contract is directly between you and Rochester and Rutherford Hall

Costs (NZ$)

Residential fee

Administration fee (non-refundable)

Resident's association fee

Contingency fee (refundable)

Car parking (optional)
$250 per year


Payments and instalment dates (NZ$)

Payment 1 (on acceptance of place)
$1,500 ($500 admin fee + $500 contingency fee + $500 fees in advance)

Payment 2 (18 January)

Payment 3 (12 April)

Payment 4 (23 August)

Students with financial difficulties are invited to contact the Principal on arrival to discuss payment options (Payments 1 and 2 must be paid in full).  Payments 3 and 4 can be paid by automatic payment with the Principal's approval.

More information 

Postal Address

Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Ilam
Christchurch 8041
T: +64 3 364 2799

Maddison Brown

Maddie Brown

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Joel Epps

Joel Epps

'Halls are a great place to surround yourself with like-minded people...'