Accommodation options for UC International College students (UCIC)

Accommodation can be arranged for students in a safe and secure study environment.

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Halls of residence

Accommodation is offered to UCIC students specifically tailored to your needs. If you are coming to UC to complete a Foundation Studies (FS) course or for the University Transfer Programme (UTP), accommodation can be arranged for February, June or October starts for a minimum of two UCIC semesters. This is the easiest and recommended option as your accommodation can be arranged before you arrive.  Regular events and activities are arranged for residents and the friendly staff are available to help and support you at any time.

Self-catered apartments

Ilam Student Accommodation offers you independent apartment-style living with the bonus of living on-campus in a supportive community and are ideal for individual students over 18 years of age. You will have your own fully-furnished room and share a kitchen, bathroom, living and laundry facilities.  The apartments are home to students of all ages, at all levels of study, and from all over the world.  Accommodation is offered in a Hīnau 3-5 Bedroom Apartment. Due to demand for 2023 accommodation, students may be offered Sonoda Christchurch Campus.

Costs (NZ$)

Residential costs will vary depending on when you are arriving.  Contract dates are for a minimum of two UCIC semesters.  A deposit is required to confirm your place.

Your deposit is made up of the following:

$300 Contingency Fee (refundable)
$300 Administration Fee
$200 Resident's Association Fee

An optional bed linen pack or cutlery/crockery pack is available to purchase.

TermContract Dates (UCIC 2 Semester Minimum)Ilam (Hinau)
SonodaPlus Deposit
UCIC Semester 1
(February 2023 start)
Monday 6 February 2023 - Monday 2 October 2023 (34 weeks) $8,228 $7,854 $800
UCIC Semester 2
(June 2023 start)
Monday 5 June 2023 - Monday 29 January 2024 (34 weeks) $8,228 $7,854 $800
UCIC Semester 3
(October 2023 start)
Monday 2 October 2023 - Monday 27 May 2024 (34 weeks) $8,228 $7,854 $800

An initial payment is required followed by fortnightly payments made in advance.  Details will be outlined in your contract.

Following completion of your UCIC course, should you decide to continue your study for a UC semester or the academic year, you will need to complete an application for accommodation as a returning student.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form selecting "UC International College (UCIC) Student" in the "International Students Section" and  "I am a single student in my first year of tertiary/university study" in the "Arrival Level of Study" section.  Your term to select is "UCIC 2023".  We recommend that you apply as soon as your UCIC course is confirmed.  A non-refundable application fee of $100 is applicable as part of the application process.  A reference is also required for students who will be under 20 years of age on arrival.  A suitable referee is an agent or school teacher (someone in authority who knows you well but is not a friend or family member).

Student details will be confirmed with UCIC before applications are processed. Accommodation is dependent on availability. 


Students under 18 years of age on arrival must apply for homestay or stay with a designated caregiver.  Homestay provides you with your own fully-furnished room living with a New Zealand family in the family home. The 2023 room rate is $300 plus a $350 placement fee. There is a minimum stay of 8 weeks with at least 2 weeks' notice required to make a placement, although earlier applications are recommended.  An application form can be found on the Homestay web page.

Private Renting

Renting privately is generally for a fixed term of 12 months and is a private arrangement between you and your landlord.  Not all properties are fully-furnished and this would need to be factored into your budget as well as transport, insurance, food and power.  This is not a recommended option for when you first arrive in New Zealand.

Arriving in Christchurch

The UC campus is approximately 10 minutes' drive from Christchurch International Airport.  Options for transport to campus include the Metro BusNZ Look Shuttles, or Taxis and Shuttles

The Ilam Apartments are located 5 minutes' walk away from campus facilities.  


Ensure your accommodation provider is expecting you.  Each hall of residence will have specific check-in times.  Temporary accommodation may be required depending on your flight arrival time.

More information

Contact Accommodation Services/Te Ratonga Nohonga for more information and advice.