Services for new students

Get the most out of life as a student at UC. Here you will find information to help you settle in, and find your way around the essential services on offer.

New to UC in 2023?

Visit Te Pātaka, the Student Services Hub in the Puaka-James Hight building, if you’ve got a question or need help with something.

Get advice and support from your Kaitoko (first year student advisor), complete your enrolment, find out more about the many services available to first year and new-to-UC students. Find out more.


Student Advisors

You can see us about any course changes, any issues, IT problems, timetable clashes or anything else that you are unsure about or need help with.

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Mentoring programmes

Get a UC mentor and benefit from advice, support with your studies, new connections and information about life at UC. 

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UC Pathways

UC Pathways is a developmental programme designed to assist your transition to degree study.



Uni can be daunting. UniLife is a year-long programme run by students for new-to-UC students.

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Email and IT services

Students receive free email accounts and associated email storage quota, accessible on the web or with a mobile device.

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Student ID card

Your student ID card, known at UC as your Canterbury Card, is your formal identification for around campus. 

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Check your timetable with My Timetable

Using UC’s web app, Allocate+, you can check for clashes and select your preferred lecture and tutorial times.

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Health services

A range of high quality health services are available for advice and consultation to ensure you stay in the best possible shape.

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Tūpono | Insider's Guide

Keep up with what’s happening on campus – Tūpono | Insider’s Guide has all the latest news, competitions, upcoming events and student stories.

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Clubs and associations

More than 100 student-run clubs and organisations support the varied intellectual, artistic, cultural, social, and recreational pursuits of the UC community. 

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Cycling, driving and public transport

It is easy to get to campus from most parts of Christchurch by cycling, a short drive or regular bus services.

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Fitness and leisure

Maintain a healthy work-life balance with free membership at UC’s RecCentre.

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Te Ratonga Whaikaha|Student Accessibility Service

We provide support services, assistance, and advice to ensure that you make the most of your time here and achieve your academic goals.

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