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

Tupuānuku has been awarded the Asia-Pacific Student Accommodation Award (APSAA) for excellence in Facility Development or Management

Tupuānuku is one of nine stars seen within the cluster of Matariki, Te Iwa o Matariki.  It is the star that is connected to kai (food) and rongoā (traditional medicines) that is grown within the soil, or harvested from the ground. The rising of Matariki signals the new year within te ao Māori and plays a significant role in the māramataka, the Māori lunar calendar, in determining and planning for the year ahead. 

The largest new accommodation build to date, Tupuānuku offers 504 fully-furnished student rooms with a focus on culture and lifestyle.  Located amongst other halls of residence, the location on Homestead Lane (adjacent to the Ilam Homestead and gardens) is a short 5 minute walk to main campus facilities.  The layout consists of long corridors divided into smaller colour-coded neighbourhoods or kāhui.

Tupuānuku includes:

  • Single rooms (approx 11-13m2) x 375 with shared bathroom (1:4 ratio)
  • Single ensuite rooms (approx 14-15m2) x 100 (own bathroom)
  • Single accessible rooms (approx 16-18m2) x 29 (own bathroom)
  • Rooms contain king single bed, desk, chair, bookshelves, and double wardrobe with lockable drawer
  • Fully-catered including term and semester breaks
  • Opened to first year students in 2021

On each floor are:

  • Gender neutral bathrooms x 4 (3 basins, 3 toilets with basins, 2 shower rooms)
  • Gender neutral bathrooms x 2 (3 basins, 3 toilets with basins, 2 shower rooms, 1 room with toilet, basin and shower)
  • Ensuite rooms x 20
  • Accessible rooms x 6
  • Kitchenettes x 3
  • Study rooms for individual or group study x 2
  • Common room x 1 

View all 360° panoramas and video.

Tupuānuku Virtual Tour

Types of rooms available (NZ$)

Single room, fully-catered

$21,418 (41 weeks) - 2024 Fees

Ensuite room, fully-catered

$22,894 (41 weeks) - 2024 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 Centrally heated
  • Dining hall
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared kitchenettes
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared common spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Individual and group study spaces
  • © Restricted/University of Canterbury Shared bathrooms or 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 10 February - Saturday 23 November 2024 (includes catering during term and semester breaks)

Your residential contract is directly between you and UniLodge.  UC is working in partnership with UniLodge on pastoral care services.

Costs (NZ$)

Residential fee
$20,418 - Single room
$21,894 - Ensuite room

Contingency fee (refundable)

Administration fee (non-refundable)

Residential life fee

UC student car parking (optional)
No parking - student permit parking on campus


Payments and instalment dates (NZ$)

Payment 1 (on acceptance of place)
$1,000 ($400 contingency fee, $300 administration fee, $300 residential life fee)

Payment 2 (16 January)
$2,490 (5 week's rent) - Single room
$2,670 (5 week's rent) - Ensuite room

Fortnightly thereafter
$996 - Single room
$1,068 - 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

3 Homestead Lane
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
Waea: +64 (027) 247 6822

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