Support for adult students

Student life as an adult can be a bit different than when starting university at 18. If it’s been a while since you last studied, you may need to polish up some of those writing and research skills. You may also have conflicting priorities to juggle, such as family and work. Knowing what support is available for you can help to ensure your success.

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Who is an adult student

UC defines adult students as students over the age of 20.

Adult student support services

Academic skills for adult students’ programme

The Academic Skills Centre offers a series of tutorials for first-year adult students that help you learn university skills to help raise grades and to make a smooth transition to university studies.
At all levels of your study, The Academic Skills Centre is also available with a range of other useful workshops and the opportunity for one-to-one consultations and help.

Your support and development team

As an adult student, you might want some advice about how to succeed at UC. Whatever your interest or concern, meeting with a Student Care Advisor will help you to explore your options, stay on track with your studies, and develop useful skills for success.

Contact Student Care.

Students with families

Juggling family commitments is not always easy, but the university has an on campus day-care and a parents’ room.

Parent’s Room

A nursing room for parents is available in Forestry Room 236, with facilities for breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
The room is kitted out with a kettle and microwave for heating bottles, a fridge for keeping milk cool and a chair with a power point beside it to allow for expressing.

There are also baby-changing facilities in Puaka-James Hight - the first facility is available in the male toilets of Level 1 (accessible from the Undercroft), and the other in the female toilets of Level 2 (accessible from the Central Library).

Social activities and groups

The Adult Students' Association is a student run society that looks after the interest of adult students studying at UC by offering opportunities to form peer support and social ties with other adult students.

Keep informed through:

Adult Student Centre

The Adult Students’ Association runs the Adult Student Centre on Level 1 of the Locke building (Rooms 102, 107, 108 and 108A) which provides you with quiet study space, kitchen facilities and the company of other adult students.

Adult student profiles

Allen McIntyre

Allen McIntyre

Creating opportunities. Opening new doors.

“There are students that are much older than me, students that are much younger. We’re all just students at the end of the day.”

Daisy Lavea-Timo

Daisy Lavea-Timo

MBA student. Future leader.

“By learning business leadership I want to help create a system here in Christchurch that not only adds to the rebuild of the city but sustains it as well.”

Emma Maurice

Emma Maurice

PhD student. Role model.

“Coming back to uni has been the best thing I ever did. I've only ever felt empowered at UC. I'm here, I'm doing it and I'm proud.”

Timur Sibaev

Timur Sibaev

Global Ideas, Locally Applied.

“As a structural engineer it's really exciting to see the cranes in action and everything changing so fast.”

Nina Vailuu

Nina Vailu'u

Growing confidence, gaining excellence.

“I’ve had a lot of those ‘a-ha moments’ when the theories you learn in class come to life in practise.”

Suli Tuitaupe

Suli Tuitaupe

On a life-changing journey.

“Formal education is so important. Life experience is great, but a formal qualification is the thing that’s going to open doors.”