Apply for a hall or village
Check out key application dates, hall locations and comparison charts or refer to the 2019 Accommodation Guide.
Very limited rooms are available in the following halls of residence for 2018:
Ilam Apartments - all students first year to postgraduate.
Sonoda Christchurch Campus - all students first year to postgraduate.
University Hall - first year only.
Waimairi Village - all students first year to postgraduate.
Hayashi (king single only) - second year to postgraduate.
Hayashi ensuite rooms and self-contained studio units are fully booked. There is currently no availability for couples and families on campus. Please refer to information on Private renting.
Eligibility to apply
You’re eligible to live in UC student accommodation if you are a student or future student of:
- University of Canterbury
- Another tertiary institution in Christchurch (as preference is given to students intending to study at UC, your application will be placed on hold until mid-December).
Under 18 international students must stay in a fully-catered hall of residence to comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Homestay and private board is preferred. Students can also stay with a designated caregiver.
There are two steps to the application process for most students. Check the reference requirements for the hall you are applying to under "Step 2".
Step 1. Apply online
Which halls can I apply to? Our handy Which Hall Flow Chart 2019 can help guide you to appropriate options depending on your age and level of study.
PLEASE NOTE: New applications for all NZ Citizens and Holders of a NZ Residence Class Visa or Australian Citizens/Permanent Residents are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of NZ$100 (including GST). The fee will apply to new international students on confirmation of a room.
To fill out the form, you will need:
- The name, address and contact details of two emergency contacts
- Your hall preferences - you are required to select your 1st and 2nd preference so think carefully about your choices
- Your preferred course of study
- Education and examination information
- Information on any cultural interests and involvements over the last two years
- Information on any community service involvements over the last two years
- Sporting interests and involvements
- Positions of responsibility or leadership experience
- Person description
- Paragraph on how you expect to contribute to the life of the hall
- Credit/Debit Card (preferred) or bank transfer account details
For more information on filling out the form, we've prepared a guide: How to complete an online application form
The online application will take about 30-40 minutes to complete. The first part is a registration, which once completed, will email you a username and password that will enable you to save and come back to your application if you need to. Please note that once you click "Save and Continue" at the end of a page, you are able to go back and edit that page but once you have accepted the "Declaration and Consent" page at the end of your application, any changes will need to be made by Accommodation Services. Please email Accommodation Services with your changes.
You can also use your username and password to check the status of your application once you have submitted it. Once offers have been made, contact your hall directly or call Accommodation Services on +64 3 369 3569, email email@example.com
Step 2. Provide a reference
After you have completed the online application form, you will also need a referee to provide a reference. See below for the requirement that applies to you or view our Step 2 Flow Chart 2019:
Under 18 international students
Under 18 international students must stay in a fully-catered hall of residence to comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Homestay or with a designated caregiver is preferred.
Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, Sonoda Christchurch Campus or University Hall.
These halls are typically for school leavers - you will need to arrange for your school to complete an online Common Confidential Reference Form on your behalf. You can start this process by completing your part at NZCCRF Student Registration for Accommodation References form. If you are unable to provide a Common Confidential Reference Form, contact Accommodation Services.
For students currently not living in New Zealand, a school testimonial is acceptable.
Graduate House, Hayashi, Ilam Apartments or Waimairi Village
All students under 20
For 2017 or 2018 New Zealand school leavers - arrange for your school to complete an online Common Confidential Reference Form on your behalf. You can start this process by completing your part at NZCCRF Student Registration for Accommodation References form. If you are unable to provide a Common Confidential Reference Form, contact Accommodation Services.
For students currently not living in New Zealand, a school testimonial or character reference is acceptable. An appropriate referee would be an agent, employer, landlord, lecturer/tutor or minister - someone who knows you well but is not a friend or family member.
NZ Domestic / Holders of a NZ Residence Class Visa or Australian Citizen-Permanent Resident / International student living in New Zealand 20 and over
Arrange for a character reference to be completed and emailed to Accommodation Services on your behalf. An appropriate referee would be an agent, employer, landlord, lecturer/tutor or minister - someone who knows you well but is not a friend or family member.
International student 20 and over not living in New Zealand
A reference is not required. Email Accommodation Services to let us know when you have completed your online application.
If you are on a Study Abroad or Exchange programme, a UC International College (UCIC) student, or an NZAID Scholarship student, a reference is not required. Please email Accommodation Services and let us know you have completed your online application.
Making an application does not guarantee you a place in a hall of residence. Most halls undergo a selection process. Halls aim to select students from various backgrounds and abilities to establish a well-rounded student community within the hall.
If you are not successful in your preferred hall, your application will be forwarded to the next available hall you have selected in your online application. In the event that all options you have selected are full, you have the option for your application to be automatically sent to a hall with available places. Your consent to do this is asked for in the Declaration and Consent section at the end of the online application form. All offers and wait list offers will be made from Tuesday 2 October.
If you do not receive an offer of place, a hall may offer you a place on their wait list. You can not choose to be on a wait list. You need to decide if you want to go on the wait list or be considered by another hall. Decide as quickly as possible and contact the hall to inform them of your choice.
Accept your offer
Once you have an offer you want to accept you need to confirm your place. You must:
- Complete and return your contract by the due date
- Pay the required deposit as specified in the offer (this amount varies from hall to hall)
If you do not return your contract by the due date, your contract will expire and your place will be offered to another student.
If you are paying for accommodation through a scholarship, please contact your hall to discuss payment options.
If you are currently staying in a hall of residence you are a returning resident and do not need to complete a new online application. If you want to go back to stay in the same accommodation, contact the hall or village directly.
If you want to apply for a self-catered apartment or house find out more at www.mystudentvillage.com/nz/uc-accommodation/ or complete the 2018 Returners Form for Hayashi, Ilam Apartments, Sonoda or Waimairi Village.
During university term and semester breaks and over the summer period (December/January) it may be possible to arrange conferences and bookings for sports teams and other groups in student accommodation. Bookings are made directly with the hall or village:
Rochester and Rutherford Hall (192 rooms)
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2836
Rochester and Rutherford Hall
77 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Tel: +64 3 364 2799
Kirkwood Avenue Hall (72 rooms)
7 Kirkwood Avenue
Conferencing facilities are available at UC Accommodation Student Village:
Accommodation Services Team
UC Accommodation Student Village
Private Bag 4760
Tel: +64 3 266 0400
UC Summer School Students
(Updated information for 2018/2019 will be available in September)
During the University Summer School Programme (1 December 2017 - 3 February 2018), students are able to stay on-campus at Kirkwood Avenue Hall, Sonoda Christchurch Campus or University Hall. Outside these dates a casual rate of $269 per week applies.
Prices are for a fully-furnished single room and includes power:
Note: Linen is not provided but can be hired for $15.00
|Term||Price per person (NZ$)|
|Stay for less than one week||$49 per night|
|Stay for current resident at UCA*, Kirkwood or Waitakiri (minimum one week)||$139 per week|
|Stay for non-UCA* resident (minimum one week) including Headstart students||$159 per week|
|Family Apartment (Sonoda only) - 1 double, 4 single rooms with linen/towels provided (maximum 3 adults)||$129 per night plus $50 per extra adult|
|Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) - Semester 3 Nov-Feb||$2,392 (13 weeks) plus a refundable contingency fee of $300|
Accommodation is self-catered, however, meals will be available at University Hall in mid-January (dates to be confirmed):
|Term||Price per person (NZ$)|
|Full meal plan (3 meals a day, 7 days a week)||$129.50|
|One day meal plan (3 meals a day)||$18.50|
To book Kirkwood Avenue Hall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 3 348 3552 (Freephone 0800 KIRKWOOD within New Zealand).
Current Ilam, Sonoda or Waimairi residents can stay in their room between 30 December - 13 January if a contract for 2018 has been confirmed.
*UCA - UC Accommodation Student Village (Ilam Apartments, Sonoda Christchurch Campus or University Hall)
If you need help with your application or have questions contact Accommodation Services.