Counting down to Orientation Day

Kia ora,

Only one week to go until your first day at UC! We are looking forward to welcoming you into the UC community and helping you to get the best possible start at UC. Below is some important information to help make your O Day experience as carefree as possible.

Orientation Day starts at 10am, Friday 17 February

Useful things to remember:

  • Bring your O Day ticket.
  • Car parking is available in the Clyde Road car park. It is limited, so consider carpooling with friends. For bus and cycling options check out UC’s transport page.
  • Walk into O Day using one of the O Day trails. One starts at Science Road and the other starts at Arts Road - it doesn't matter which one you travel.
  • Remember to bring cash for all the delicious food truck options on offer.
  • The day will continue whatever the weather, you might need sunscreen or an umbrella, or both.

Everything you need to know about O Day is included in a handy pocket pamphlet. Download onto your phone or print a copy to bring with you:

(Hardcopies will be handed out on the O Day trail)

Grab your College wristband and wear it with pride!


On O Day collect wristbands featuring your College colour along the O Day trail.

Keep an eye out for other students wearing the same colour, you might be sitting next to them in a lecture before you know it!

You can only attend one College Introduction on the day. If you are doing a double degree, choose the College Introduction where you have the most papers in Semester One. To ask questions about the second College you will be studying under, visit the Student Services Hub in the Undercroft after lunch.

How to choose your college. 

Māori Orientation - Thursday 16 February

For those registered for Māori Orientation, we look forward to greeting you on Thursday.

Please arrive and be seated at 9.15am at the Te Ao Mārama Lawn for the Mihi Whakatau. We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for the day. Kai and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Find more information and a map of where to meet here.

Pasifika Orientation, Get FRESH - Thursday 16 February

If you are a Pacific student who has registered for Get FRESH – we can’t wait to see you on Thursday! The event kicks off at 9.30am for registration, followed by introductions from the Pacific Development Team, great advice from Pacific student mentors, a campus tour, awesome games, a session for parents, and a free BBQ lunch! The venue is the F1 Lectorial, Forestry Building on Forestry Road at the University of Canterbury – here is a handy map. There’s plenty of car parking available at the nearby Clyde Car Park.

Get FRESH will give you the best possible start to your year at UC – so don’t miss out! If you have any questions contact Tumama Tu'ulua on (03) 369 3855 or at

Get connected with social media

Keep track of what’s happening at O Day. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check us out on Instagram for live updates. Share your Orientation Day experience on Instagram and you could win a UC Starter Pack including UC apparel, accessories, stationery, and Crusaders rugby tickets! To enter, simply follow @ucnz and use #ucnow on your O Day pics! Competition Terms and Conditions.

UC photographers will be out and about on the day taking photos of your experience. These images or short videos may be used by the University of Canterbury in future for online or print publications, and may be placed on official UC social media profiles - if you'd prefer not to be captured let the person behind the camera know (they are friendly and won't be offended!).

Check out O Day 2016 on UC Facebook

Explore UC Insider's Guide where students share their experiences.

Keep up with what's happening at UC. Check out our social media options.

Special requirements and accessibility

Information at UC Orientation will primarily be in verbal and printed formats and may be delivered at a range of locations around campus.

If you require information in an alternative format such as New Zealand Sign Language, enlarged print or Braille, or if you will require mobility assistance, please contact the Disability Resource Service Team, phone: 03 364 2350 or email:

Parents/whānau bringing children

Lost and found children should be reported to UC Security staff or a UC staff member wearing a red t-shirt as soon as possible. Any missing children will be found with a coordinated response from Security staff and event organisers. Found children will be taken to the Welcome Centre on the ground floor of the Matariki building until their parent or caregiver is located.

UCSA presents…O'Week 2017

UCSA presents O’Week – a week packed full of fantastic events and activities you definitely won’t want to miss! To welcome new students to UC, the UCSA is hosting Kia Ora, Bro! an outdoor screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople with a cultural performance, hangi and BBQ.

Events taking place during O'Week include: A Post Grad Welcome, DoveDale Do, Toga Party, two huge Clubs & Market Days, Mardi Gras, the first Mono for 2017, Hypnotist on the Lawn, Foam-Oh: An All Ages Party, Summer Start-Up- a wellbeing and support event, the SVA Big Give, a Backyard Cricket Tournament in the on-campus student bar and Lake Day. Plus, we've teamed up with the city’s largest music festival Electric Ave to get you the cheapest tickets and we're lucky enough to have Kid Ink at The Foundry on 28 February.

Get your tickets now. Combo tickets are also available, making it easy to attend everything. Tickets to O’Week do sell out, so book your place at New Zealand’s biggest orientation festival now.

Buy O'Week tickets

Make sure you check out the hugely popular UCSA Facebook page, where you can share and win four all-in combos.

You can also volunteer to help out with O’Week - it's a great way to meet people.