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Discovery Day 2018

Join us on campus as 1,000 Year 12 students and teachers from the Christchurch and Canterbury region enjoy the opportunity to experience university life for a day.

Self-select your timetable attending the sessions you want and find out what's on offer to UC students. 

Date: Tuesday 10 April

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: The day will start at the Clyde car park. View map. Entrance is only from this car park, as signage will lead you to the middle of campus. Your school will provide transport to the University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus.

Register: Eventbrite is being utilised for Discovery Day registrations. Read the session descriptions first then please choose your sessions online. If you change your mind, it will be your responsibility to sign into Eventbrite and change your timetable. If you do need help, let the UC Events team know via email,

What happens on the day? For 2018, the event will see Year 12 students choosing their own timetable of lectures using the Eventbrite website.

The timetable and session descriptions available here.

Registration link here (make sure you read the timetable and session descriptions before you register)

What will you get on the day?

  • Packed lunch (There is no eating or drinking allowed in the lecture theatres, so wait until the breaks and your self-selected lunchtime)
  • Intro to UC booklet
  • Programme for the day including free Wi-Fi information
  • UC pen
  • Poncho (if it’s wet and you forget your rain jacket) 

What to wear: Visiting Year 12’s are expected to wear school uniform and bring a rain jacket or umbrella if it is set to rain.

Parking: Schools are invited to park in the Clyde Car Park with a bus drop off zone operating from 8.30am.

Sessions: Each session runs for 25minutes. At the beginning of the day, the first session will start with an ‘Intro to UC’ talk from our liaison team. At the end of the day, a ‘Next Steps’ presentation will wrap up the day and ensure students/rangatahi know where to head on their path to UC.

Lunch: A lunch break should be chosen by each student/rangatahi attending. There is a mutual 15minute break in the middle of the day to ensure everyone should get a 40min break. A packed lunch will be at your seat when you arrive at your first session. Bring your own drink bottle or make use of our café facilities on campus. Feel free to explore campus during this time. See our new Ernest Rutherford building and the Engineering Core.

Info Tent: A marquee will be in the middle of campus to assist with queries regarding timetables and session times.

Undercroft zone: The Undercroft is the ideal location to have lunch. With many of our departments on hand to ask questions and learn more, the crew will be able to help with any uni-related questions you have.

Win a prize pack! After the event, each student/rangatahi will receive an email survey. All completed surveys will go in the draw to win a prize pack valued at $100.


Year 12 is an important year in preparing for university study so make the most of the day to see what your next steps will be.

We look forward to seeing you on campus. Make sure you are registered so you receive your free lunch!


UC photographers and videographers will be out and about on the day. These images may be used by the University of Canterbury in the future for online or print publications, and may be placed on official UC social media channels. If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed just let the person behind the camera know (they are friendly and won’t be offended!)

Campus tours

Tours of the university campus and accommodation options are offered to members of the public, international visitors and schools. Find out about campus tours at UC. 

Events, open days and visits to campus

There are a variety of opportunities throughout the year to visit our campus or talk to our Liaison team. Find out more about campus tours and future student events.

More information

Liaison Office
Student Services Centre
University of Canterbury
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748)