University of Canterbury

Christchurch is a city that is literally being transformed as we watch. The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes had a massive impact on the city and region, and as part of the rebuild of the city the University of Canterbury is redeveloping as a modern 21st century study, research, learning and living environment.

Established in 1873, the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s second oldest university. Today the university is based on an 87 hectre park-like setting in Ilam, and more than 2000 students live in halls and student villages located within 600m of the main campus. All up the University of Canterbury has almost 14,000 domestic students along with more than 1000 international students from all around the world.

UC has 5 colleges offering you more than 85 subjects to study

The University of Canterbury (UC) has five colleges you can study at, Arts, Business and Law, Education, Engineering and Science. Between these, the university offers you teaching and research in more than 85 subjects, many of which are ranked among the world’s top 200 such courses. On the international ratings, UC is among the top 3% of universities around the world. The university is number one in NZ by the Tertiary Education Commission for the proportion of students who actually complete a qualification while at university.

There are eight accommodation options available for students, with Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, and University Hall all being fully catered options ideal for first year students. For those feeling a little more independent, Ilam Apartments, Sonoda Christchurch Campus, and Waimari Village offer plenty of options and all are close by or linked by direct bus routes to the campus.


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Student Army part of very active UC association 

The UC has a very active students association which oversees as many as 1000 events at the university each year. More than 120 clubs cater for just about every sport or interest you might want to get involved in, and the students have developed a great link with its city as seen by the efforts of the famous Student Volunteer Army.

The University has strong ties with key universities internationally, and students are able to do student exchange programmes and research collaborations at over 100 universities around the world.

In addition to a world-class education, UC also offers a great lifestyle for students. Students enjoy all that the amenities and events that the South Island’s largest and most vibrant city has to offer, cafes, restaurants, bars, concerts and sports entertainment venues and parks. For outdoor fun, it is 20 minutes to the surf beaches and 2 hours drive to 10 exciting ski fields,while the Port Hills provides some of the country’s best bike riding and tons more on top of that.

Explore the five colleges at the University of Canterbury

College of Arts

College of Business and Law

College of Engineering

College of Science

College of Education, Health and Human Development

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