Accommodation for postgraduate students

Whether you are here for just a few weeks or a few years, UC has accommodation options to meet your needs.

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Apartments and houses

Accommodation in an apartment or house on campus is a convenient option for you as a postgraduate student. The self-catered Ilam ApartmentsSonoda Christchurch Campus and Waimairi Village are home to students of all ages, at all levels of study and from all over the world. The availability of rooms will depend on the time of year you plan to arrive, particularly if outside standard semester dates (February-June, July-November).  Priority is given to applications for a 50-week contract although one semester contracts will be considered.

To apply, please complete an online application form. Click on "Registration" to begin your application and select your term.  

For accommodation outside standard semester dates, please contact Accommodation Services for advice - we have a new postgraduate flexi contract with a 16 week minimum stay for NZ$210 per week (including power) at Dovedale, Ilam Apartments, Sonoda Christchurch Campus or Waimairi Village in 2018.    

University-managed housing

The University manages a number of houses within easy walking distance to campus suitable for postgraduate individual students, couples and some small families. These houses are fully-furnished with a 16 week minimum stay priced from NZ$210 per week (including power).  The houses offer a community environment specifically 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 begin your application and select "Off-Campus Housing - Postgraduate" as your term.  

To find out more please email accommodation@canterbury.ac.nz.

Private rental accommodation and flatting

Private rental accommodation is popular with postgraduate students offering an independent lifestyle and a great way to meet new people.  Market rent in Christchurch is 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.  

If moving into an empty property, you will need to factor in set up costs into your budget:

  • up to 4 weeks' rent as bond
  • 1-2 weeks' rent in advance
  • a letting fee equivalent to 1 week's rent plus GST (Good and Services Tax)
  • power and internet
  • furniture and/or white ware (if unfurnished)
  • insurance for your contents

You also need to budget for ongoing monthly expenses such as power, internet, transport, food and personal items.  Refer to https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/live-work/cost-of-living or https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Christchurch for cost of living information.  

Do 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.  

Be aware that many rental properties in Christchurch are not well insulated.  Your landlord should provide you with an Insulation Statement to enable you to make an informed decision about the property you are about to rent.  If you are new to renting in New Zealand, refer to the online Renting and You booklet published by Tenancy Services.

Find out more about renting privately.

Homestay and private board

If you are a single student, you may prefer homestay or private board. Homestay provides an affordable and attractive accommodation option in a New Zealand family environment. If you choose homestay accommodation, you can expect to be treated as part of the family – eating, socialising and relaxing with members of the household.  There is an 8 week miniumum stay.

Find out more about homestay and private board.

Temporary accommodation

Temporary accommodation is usually paid for on a daily basis, for example a hotel or hostel. If you are only coming to UC for a short amount of time, or if you need short term accommodation while you look for a flat, temporary accommodation could be the answer.

Find out more about temporary accommodation.

More information

For more information about postgraduate accommodation options, contact Accommodation Services.