Transitioning to more sustainable transport

Moving to more sustainable transport in and around our campuses is part of UC’s goal of reaching carbon neutral status by 2030. There are many options to get you to and around our three main campuses, which are all pedestrian, cycle, skateboarding and wheelchair friendly. Biking, walking or bussing are all more sustainable options compared to driving, and by choosing a more sustainable option you’ll save time and money on travel, as well as reduce your emissions. And if you still have to drive regularly, try carpooling or try and use another form of transport once a week (every bit helps!).

UC Transport Survey

Since 1966, the University of Canterbury has conducted a survey into the travel habits of all students and staff. Read the results from the 2020 Travel Survey here. The Travel Survey is set to be conducted again in 2024.

UC Transport Advisory Panel

Sustainable transport planning for UC is guided by a Transport Advisory Panel which consists of representatives of a range of different stakeholders with an interest in sustainable transport and the university.

The Transport Advisory Panel has developed an Issues and options paper, which outlines current high level issues and options for different transport modes, including cycling, walking, busing, and private transport.

What are the best ways of getting to University?

  • See the results of the UC Commuter Challenge. Different travel modes were raced against each other to see what mode most commonly reached University the fastest, including people finding a legitimate park.
  • Driving your car may not be the optimum mode! Check out our Driving to UC Calculator, to see how much your car is really costing you.
  • Learn more about different transport options below.