Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) students and staff
The University of Canterbury (UC) aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, and recognises that belonging is important for everyone. UC supports LGBTQIA+ students and staff with assistance on and off campus, and celebrates sexual and gender diversity on campus.
LGBTQIA+ groups and support
Q-topia is a social support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takataapui, fa’afafine and all queer or questioning youth in the Canterbury region aged 14 - 25.
OUTLineNZ provides a confidential advice service for the LGBTQIA+ community, their friends and families.
Rainbow Networking Canterbury is about connecting businesses, professionals and individuals of the Christchurch LGBTQIA+ community – it has monthly gatherings
You can download the Gay and Lesbian Youth Support pamphlet from the Community and Public Health website.
You can order a free copy of The Pink Pages 2016/17 (a directory of support services in Christchurch).
"Anyone starting university can feel alone and if you're queer it's doubly so. It's important to find your community and at UC that exists in so many different places. To be in a place where your work and your identity are validated is so exciting. If you reach out, you'll be welcomed."
–Sean Lydiard, UC Me. Read more here
Who can you talk to at UC?
UC Diversity champion
A UC Diversity champion is someone who is knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Please contact our diversity champions should you have any questions or issues regarding diversity. They are all very approachable and are keen to hear what you have to say.
UC Health Centre
The UC Health Centre provides free counselling to all UC students. There is a counsellor available with an LGBTQIA+ focus – just ask for Mairin Taylor when making an appointment.
To make an appointment with a counsellor, visit the Health Centre, located in the UCSA carpark on the riverbank adjacent to the Ilam school boundary
Telephone 03 364 2402
The Health Centre is open 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 5pm Friday during term time and 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am – 6.00pm Saturday during exam periods.
The friendly, professional advisors at Student Care are here to help you by providing free and confidential advice and support. You can talk with a Student Care Advisor by phoning, emailing, dropping in, or making an appointment.
To contact Student Care
Visit Student Care, located on the ground floor of the Forestry Building.
Telephone 03 369 3531
Student Care is open 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.
USCA Advocacy and Welfare
UCSA Advocacy and Welfare offers all enrolled UC students access to free and confidential services and provides advice on basically anything!
Contact Advocacy and Welfare to make an appointment
Ee-Li Hong - Advocacy and Welfare Manager
Telephone 03 364 3911
The UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team is available Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm in the UCSA office located in the Undercroft.