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Life in Christchurch

28 October 2023

From an enviable outdoor lifestyle to local events and job prospects, find out about life in Christchurch as a UC student.


Ranked in the top 100 QS Best Student Cities 2025, Christchurch offers students an exciting, vibrant lifestyle anchored in the beauty and serenity of the surrounding natural environment.

Living in Christchurch is also more affordable than other New Zealand cities, so students have more budget to put towards enjoying all the opportunities the Canterbury region has to offer.

Situated only a short distance from Christchurch’s city centre, UC’s lush campus provides a connected student community, with halls of residence only a few minutes’ walk from labs and lecture halls. With easy access from campus to the heart of the city, students can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities, including an array of restaurants, bars, cafés, festivals, concerts, museums, galleries, and markets.

Those seeking an escape into nature will find bountiful outdoor activities on UC’s doorstep, including hiking, mountain biking, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, parks, wineries, and more – bolstered by Christchurch’s unique location between the mountains and the ocean.


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