Studying in Christchurch is becoming even more attractive with new accommodation options opened this year by Canterbury’s three big tertiary institutions.
Student accommodation has been in short supply in Christchurch, even with overall student numbers dropping since the 2011 earthquake. Growing demand from students outside Christchurch has seen hundreds of new rooms added this year at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and the Ara Institute of Canterbury.
In early April, the Ara Institute of Canterbury officially opened Ōtautahi House, a new residential complex right on campus which adds 120 new rooms for first-year students. Prior to this year, Ara (formerly CPIT) was only able to offer 72 student rooms.
‘O House’ residents have their own room with a desk, bed and wardrobe. Communal lounges, kitchens, showers and toilets are arranged around 36 secure apartment hubs and 2 flats are also accessible for students with disabilities, providing 10 potential beds. Being right on campus make it easy, while being right in the middle of the city makes it a really interesting place to live.
Ōtautahi House rent is $180-90 per week which includes power but not food (these are self-catering spaces), parking or internet. Support is provided through the Ara Student Support Office.
The University of Canterbury opened its Kirkwood Avenue Hall in time for the first semester this year, providing up to 74 full-time students with new self catered accommodation. The Hall costs between $215 and $225 a week, a little more expensive than Ōtautahi House, but this includes 100GB free internet per month.
Kirkwood Avenue Hall offers social and study spaces, single and ensuite (own bathroom) rooms, lockable kitchen cupboards for food storage and individual fridge and freezer space. It provides flexibility for students with allergies, specific dietary requirements, or who just prefer the independence of self-catering, but can also offer meal plans from nearby University Hall Kitchens.
Despite its roll dropping significantly in the last six years, Lincoln University has continued to build and refurbish student accommodation and now provides on campus living for around 600 students. The latest additions include the 20-room The Quarters and the repurposed Junction Houses comprising six 5-bedroom houses with their own lounge, kitchen, laundry and two bathrooms.
Accommodation at Lincoln costs between $9,600 (self-catered) and $12,400 a year, the more expensive halls being fully catered.
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