Accommodation for couples or families

Accommodation may be harder to find for couples or families, so you should start exploring your options early. 

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Couples

Accommodation on-campus in apartments and houses is very limited. Options include:

These options are in high demand. It is likely you will also need to investigate University-managed housing or renting privately.  

Enquiries for Sonoda and University Hall can be emailed to live@ucastudentvillage.co.nz.  To apply for Dovedale or Waimairi Village, please complete an online application form.

University-managed housing

The University manages a number of houses within easy walking distance to campus suitable for couples as well as individual postgraduate students.  Houses are fully-furnished, some with ensuites (own bathroom), others with shared bathroom facilities. Kitchen and laundry facilities are shared. There are also limited self-contained 1-bedroom units. University-managed housing offers a community environment for postgraduate students with Residential Assistants to provide support and organise social events. To apply, please complete an online application form. Click on "Registration" to get started and select "Off-Campus Housing - Postgraduate" as your term.

To find out more about University-managed housing, please contact Jackie Slater, Affiliated Housing Advisor, at affiliatedhousing@canterbury.ac.nz.

Families

Limited fully-furnished and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom units may be available for small families. To apply, please complete an online application form.  Click on "Registration" to get started and select "Off-Campus Housing - Postgraduate" as your term.

To find out more about University-managed housing, please contact Jackie Slater, Affiliated Housing Advisor, at affiliatedhousing@canterbury.ac.nz.

These options are in high demand. It is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.  

Please ensure you book child care early, if required, as places are limited.

Renting privately

Most couples and families will be required to source an apartment or house off-campus on arrival in Christchurch. Market rent in Christchurch can be found on the Tenancy Services website and will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.  Please note that these rates do not differentiate between furnished or unfurnished or the condition of the room or property.  You will need to factor in set up costs into your budget (for an empty house this can be up to 4 weeks' rent as bond and 1-2 weeks' rent in advance plus power and internet) as well as ongoing monthly expenses such as power, internet, transport, food, and contents insurance.

You should not sign a contract or agreement without viewing a property personally, therefore, we recommend that you arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in Christchurch to enable you time to find a property that you will be happy in.  For families, we recommend arriving on your own first as temporary accommodation can be sourced on campus whilst you find a suitable house to enable your family to join you. Temporary accommodation for a family can be very expensive.

Find out more about renting privately.

More information

For assistance with finding suitable accommodation contact Accommodation Services.