UC Science Summer Camp FAQs

What is the check-in procedure for Monday 2 December?

Students travelling by plane or bus should arrive at Christchurch Airport between 8am and 12:30pm.

A meet-and-greet will be set up at Christchurch Airport, domestic arrivals, where students will be allocated transport to the University of Canterbury. 

Local students travelling by car or taxi can check in at Rutherford and Rochester Hall (77 Ilam Road) between 10:30am and 12:30pm Monday 2nd December.

What will the accommodation be like?

Students will be staying in Rochester and Rutherford Halls of Residence (77 Ilam Road). Each student will be allocated their own room in More House, which will comprise of a fully made up bed, shelving and hanging space. There will be shared toilets and shower facilities. Towels will be provided. Wi-Fi will be available at no charge.

What will I need to pack?

Students will need to bring casual clothes, including covered shoes and a waterproof jacket, sun hat, toiletries, back pack, water bottle and any medication. Laptops are optional (workbooks will be provided).

There will be a day in the field to our field site at Cass located an hour and a half from Christchurch in the Craigieburn Basin.  The weather at Cass can be changeable and students will need to make sure they have the following items for the field trip:

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Woollen or thick socks
  • A rain coat or water resistant jacket or parka
  • Woollen or polypro hat and gloves
  • A woollen or polypro shirt
  • A fleece or woollen jumper
  • Long pants that will cut the wind

Will all meals be provided?

Yes, students will be provided with all meals, including packed lunches for field trips. There will also be snacks and drinks available throughout the day at the accommodation at Rochester & Rutherford Hall. Dietary requirements will be catered, however if there are concerns we suggest bringing along your own dietary appropriate snacks.

Additional Costs/Spending Money

There are no additional costs for students on the camp. However, there are cafes and vending machines on campus if they wish to purchase additional snacks and drinks.

Who will be the main contacts/supervisors of the Summer Camp?

Students will be supervised overnight from 5pm until 9am at Rochester and Rutherford Hall by Residential Assistants. There are 8 residential assistants (RAs) who will be supervising students during the day and evening. All RAs are vetted and police checked prior to hiring. Supervisors will also be present at all activities on campus and field trips. There will be an RA staying on each floor of the hostel and contact details of the RA will be provided directly to students and parents/caregivers once they are confirmed.

Will I be allowed to see friends and family off campus?

Due to the time and space constraints of the programme, and to ensure the health and safety of all students, off-campus trips and personal visits by people outside the programme are not encouraged.