Accommodation options for UC International College students (UCIC)

Accommodation can be arranged for students in a safe and secure living/learning environment.

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Halls of residence

Campus Living Villages Ltd offers accommodation 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 Apartments 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 equipped with basic essentials, 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 Hinau 4/5-bedroom apartment. 


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 linen pack is available to purchase for $125.

TermContract Dates (UCIC 2 Semester Minimum)Ilam Apartments

UCIC Semester 1
(February 2019 start)

Sun 27 January 2019 - Sun 29 September 2019 (35 weeks)



UCIC Semester 2
(June 2019 start)

Sun 2 June 2019 - Sun 2 February 2020 (35 weeks)



UCIC Semester 3
(October 2019 start)

Sun 29 September 2019 - Sun 7 June 2020 (36 weeks)



Payments must be made before you arrive unless alternative arrangements have been made.

If you are continuing your study for UC's Semester 1 or Semester 2, you can extend your stay by contacting the hall office. A further application is not required.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form  selecting "UCIC 2019 (February, June, October)" as your term. For more information on filling out the form, we've prepared a guide: Completing the Online Application Form - UCIC 2019‌. We recommend that you apply as soon as your UCIC course is confirmed.

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


For students under 18 years of age on arrival, homestay is the preferred option. Homestay provides you with your own fully-furnished room living with a New Zealand family in the family home. The room rate is NZ$270 per week plus a NZ$330 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.

Apply for a free airport pickup

If you are arriving in New Zealand for the first time and are intending to study for at least one semester, you are eligible for a free airport pickup service. You will be picked up on arrival at Christchurch International Airport and delivered to your pre-arranged accommodation.

Complete the airport pickup form to request this service.

More information

Contact Accommodation Services for more information and advice.