Second year+, self-catered. Facility provided by Cedar Pacific and operated by UniLodge.

Offering a smaller close-knit community with just 108 rooms, Sonoda is located adjacent to Hayashi on the Dovedale campus.  

Sonoda Christchurch Campus is a modern accommodation facility offering a quieter, peaceful environment surrounded by Japanese-inspired landscaped grounds. Facilities include a common room, seminar room and laundry facilities within each building. Depending on demand, alcohol-free and/or single-gender apartments are available. 

Meal plans can be purchased at nearby University Hall, if required. 

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Types of rooms available (NZ$)

Single room, self-catered

$11,888 (48 weeks) - 2023 Fees
$12,240 (52 weeks) - 2023 Fees


  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury 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
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Living room and dining furniture
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Wash basin in bedroom
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared bathroom
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared washing machine and dryer
  • © 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

Monday 16 January to Monday 18 December 2023 (48 weeks)
Monday 16 January 2023 to Monday 15 January 2024 (52 weeks)

Your residential contract is directly between you and UniLodge.

Costs (NZ$)

Residential fee
$11,088 (48 weeks)
$11,440 (52 weeks)

Administration fee (non-refundable)

Resident's association fee

Contingency fee (refundable)

Car parking (optional)

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)
$800 ($300 administration fee, $200 residential life fee, $300 contingency fee)

Payment 2 (16 January)
$924 (4 week's rent) - 48 weeks
$880 (4 week's rent) - 52 weeks

Fortnightly thereafter
$462 - 48 weeks
$440 - 52 weeks

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 Sonoda
32 Dovedale Avenue
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
T: +64 (03) 266 0400

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