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Alumni benefits

30 October 2023

UC alumni enjoy a range of benefits. From discounted travel and services to accessing the UC library, check out our alumni discounts and memberships.

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Tourism

Exclusive discounts for travel & tourism available for UC alumni.

Alumni of the University of Canterbury receive a 20% discount on Dark Sky Project experiences (formerly known as Earth & Sky) at Mt John Observatory in Takapō (Tekapo).  

To receive this discount, alumni need to phone the Dark Sky Project directly, inform them that they are UC alumni, and ask for the 20% discount to be applied. This requires booking with Dark Sky Project in advance, over the phone. The team at Dark Sky Project can assist with further queries. 

To learn more about the Dark Sky Project experiences, please click here. For the Dark Sky Project's contact details, please click here.

Orbit World Travel is the University of Canterbury's preferred travel provider. Orbit is generously extending its corporate accommodation rates to UC alumni.

To find out more about booking a holiday, please contact the team at Orbit.

Web: http://orbitholidays.co.nz/
Phone: 03 339 3440
Email: orbitholidays@orbit.co.nz


Services

Services

Exclusive alumni discounts available on a range of useful services.

UC Alumni have access to the UC Specsavers Corporate Club. For 25% off frames and lenses (applies to a single pair from the $169 styles or above) and a half-price eye exam, please book here to create your voucher.

This benefit can be used by UC alumni and their families. Please register each person under their own credentials.

The University of Canterbury recognises the importance of Wills. Footprint Wills offer a discounted online Will Service to all UC staff members, alumni, and valued supporters. As an alumni/staff member of the University of Canterbury, you get a 15% discount on your online Will.

Why get a Will?

If you pass away without a Will, New Zealand legislation dictates who gets how much of your estate. This could mean your assets might not end up with the people you intended.

With a Will:

  • You get to decide who gets what of your estate
  • Distributing your assets will be much quicker and cost less
  • You can assign a guardian for your children and pets
  • You can also state your funeral wishes

Footprint is a digital Kiwi company providing legally valid online Wills and estate administration solutions. They make writing a Will easy and affordable, and on average it only takes 16 minutes to complete. Their professional Will drafters check the details of your Will before sending it back to you in a matter of days.

If you already have a Will, Footprint offers a Bring Your Own (BYO) Will option. This provides you with a digital vault giving you 24/7 access to your Will and other important documents from anywhere in the world, as well as physical storage of your Will in a flood and earthquake-proof location. Each year you have the opportunity to update your Will to reflect your most recent life changes.

Get started

As an alumni/staff member of the University of Canterbury you get a 15% discount on your online Will. To get started follow the easy 4 step process:

  1. Select your product
  2. Answer a few questions to register your account
  3. Enter voucher code UNICANT at the payment screen
  4. Create your Will by following the prompts

Watch their short demo video to see how easy it is to get your Will sorted! https://vimeo.com/400458199

Get your Will sorted today!

To leave a gift to the University of Canterbury in your will, see Leaving a gift in your Will | University of Canterbury

Linton Photography is at UC's graduation ceremonies and will take portraits at the graduation venue after the ceremony. You can also book to have a private sitting - most regalia is available.

To contact Linton Photography please phone +64 3 339 6699 or email them at: info@eventphoto.co.nz


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Alumni Businesses

A range of discounts on offer from fellow UC alumni

A huge thanks to our entrepreneurial alumni who have generously offered discounts to the UC alumni community. All with incredible missions, check out their products below.

UC alumna Hannah Duder founded Indigo & Iris, a beauty brand that gives a damn. Their aim is to create beautiful makeup products whilst donating 50% of their profits to impact projects. Their first product (levitate mascara), sent 50% of its profits to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ to help cure avoidable blindness in the Pacific.

Indigo & Iris have kindly offered 15% off storewide with code UCAlumni at checkout at Indigo & Iris

Growing up rurally, the Native team have a unique appreciation for the environment. Making up 2/4 of the founding Native team, UC grads and siblings, Brooke and Guy Hobson, were motivated by creating both a great beverage and a way for customers to support conservation projects across the country with every purchase. 

Native offer 15% to UC alumni off their online store with code ALUMNI15 at Native Hard Sparkling

Tom and Mike, co-founders of Two Dudes met while studying Law at UC. Two Dudes is a premium skincare range for men that is easy to use and contains only natural products.

They have generously offered a 10% discount off individual items and one time purchases on kits for all UC Alumni. Use ALUMNI10 at checkout at Two Dudes

WellNow makes it easy to find and book health and wellness appointments so you can get back to your daily activities and feeling better as soon as possible. Thanks to WellNow co-founder and UC alumna, Melanie Lynn, the UC alumni community is eligible for a 10% off discount using the code UCAlumni10. Services include physio, sports massage, podiatry, chiropractic, acupuncture, osteopathy and hand therapy.


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On Campus

Discover discounts by utilising UC's onsite services and facilities

Did you know UC Print provides a competitive print service to external customers? With many years of printing experience, we pride ourselves on great customer service, print solutions and quality products. Contact the team to learn more.

Web: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/onsite-services/printing/copy-centre/
Phone: 03 364 2987 45720
Email: ucprint@canterbury.ac.nz

The RecCentre is the primary fitness facility on campus. They have a large weights area, boxing training area, suspension training area, cardio equipment, climbing wall, squash courts and sports courts. The Rec Centre also has an extensive group fitness programme where you can be expertly guided through a large range of classes.

Alumni can continue to enjoy the UC RecCentre at special alumni prices. Click here for more information.

Business

Education fairs

Whether you are actively recruiting quality graduates or you are keen to raise your organisation's profile for future recruitment, you will find the UC education fairs very worthwhile to attend. The Education Careers Fair provides you with the perfect opportunity to meet with University of Canterbury students from all year levels in an informal, yet professional environment. Find out more about UC education fairs here

Employers/community/industry

We enable you to make contact with some of the most talented people in New Zealand. We offer an opportunity for you to recruit penultimate or final year students and recent graduates. We also offer you an opportunity to engage with students through internships, research, work integrated learning, voluntary and project work. Find out more about recruitment here

Individual

For graduates who would like assistance around career planning, you are able to make an appointment with one of our career consultants. You can also view job vacancies on this site and any of the resources available.

To find out more please visit the webpage: UC Career Hub


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Reading & Books

Access the UC library and get a discount at UBS

The University Book Shop (UBS) on campus is offering a 10% discount to all alumni.  The discount applies to all full price items, including books, gifts, stationery and University of Canterbury merchandise (texbooks excluded).  The discount applies to orders online and in-store.   

Online: Visit the UBS website here to shop online.  Use code ALUMNI24 in the discount field while you're viewing your cart (The discount does not apply to textbooks).  Shipping/freight is $7 flat fee, NZ addresses only.

In-store: Simply mention that you are UC alumni at the desk when paying and they can apply the 10% discount code.

https://ubscan.co.nz/
Phone: 03 364 2043 or 0800 827 266
Email: ubs@ubscan.co.nz

Membership to the University of Canterbury Library is now free for alumni, and a new borrower card will also be provided at no cost. 

If you wish to apply for a Library membership, you will need to provide proof of a physical address in Canterbury, as well as photo ID such as your drivers licence or passport. 

To apply, simply fill out an application form at the Information Desk of any UC library. Please note, however, that applications cannot be processed after 9pm at the Central Library. Also, while alumni can borrow from the physical Library collections, unfortunately the Library are unable to offer access to electronic resources, such as online journal articles and e-books. 

For more information about a Library membership, please refer to the UC Library website.

The UC Alumni 15% discount applies to the RRP of CUP titles ordered from CUP's online catalogue. Orders will be filled by Nationwide Book Distributors, who will also process payments manually and apply the discount.

Visit the Canterbury University Press website here

Alumni need to use the code UCALUMNI in the ‘Additional Information’ field when ordering. When ordering, the discount won’t be evident in the shopping cart total, but the 15% discount will be applied by Nationwide when processing the payment.

For additional assistance please contact Nationwide Book Distributors 
Phone: +64 3 312 1603 or Freephone (NZ): 0800 990 123 Email: books@nationwidebooks.co.nz


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Other

Additional services and offers for UC alumni 

The University of Canterbury Club (UCC) is a friendly and welcoming social club located across the road from the University of Canterbury at the iconic and beautiful Ilam Homestead.

Membership is open to all current and retired UC staff, postgraduate students, UC Alumni, Erskine visitors and people associated with the University of Canterbury.

You're welcome to visit UCC as a guest before you join, you'll just need to be signed in by a current member. Don't worry if you don't know anyone though, our friendly bar manager Jamie will be happy to sort you out!

To learn more about UCC please visit their website here or email the Club Manager at: manager@ilamhomestead.co.nz

Jon and Cecelia Yon from Now and Forever Frames supply degree frames in a range of timbers and sizes. See them at your graduation ceremony or visit their shop at Bishopdale Village Mall.

135 Farrington Avenue
Bishopdale
Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 359 2525


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