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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.



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.

Phone: 03 339 3440


Exclusive alumni discounts available on a range of useful services.

UC Alumni have access to the UC Specsavers Corporate Club. For $50 off designer glasses, plus 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.

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:

mike and tom

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

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.

Phone: 03 364 2987 45720

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.

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


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


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

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.
Phone: 03 364 2043 or 0800 827 266

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:


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:

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
Tel: +64 3 359 2525

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