World-class facilities

UC’s laboratories, research centres and field stations are internationally renowned. Added to this is a brand new regional centre, designed to keep students at the forefront of contemporary science practice.


UC Science students benefit from the most modern university science and research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as modern computer laboratories, video equipment, equipment for animal behaviour and neuroscience research and teaching.

The extensive facilities already in use by UC Science students were boosted by the opening of the $216 million Regional Science and Innovation Centre, in early 2018. In this exciting learning space our staff and students are able to collaborate, be inspired and grow their scientific knowledge about New Zealand and the world.

Beyond the classroom

Students have plenty of opportunities to test out their knowledge – UC has the most field stations of any New Zealand university! Our courses make extensive use of the field stations in Cass, Harihari and Westport.

We also operate New Zealand's leading astronomical observatory at Mount John, Tekapo, and have research bases in Antarctica and the Nigerian rainforest.

Communication Disorders students also have excellent resources including eight on-site clinics.

Outstanding facilities and resources