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10 things before you arrive

10 things to do before you arrive

At this stage you have many things to organise and think about so it is a really good idea to make a list so you don’t forget anything important. We thought we would help you to get started by making a list just for you.

Here are our ‘10 things to do before you arrive’.

  1. Have you booked your accommodation? If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation, please click here.

  2. Have you met all of the conditions on your offer letter? If you are not sure and want to ask one of our friendly staff then just email us and we will be happy to help:

  3. Have you received your visa? You can apply directly through your nearest New Zealand Embassy, the New Zealand High Commission or with help from a local representative. To find out more you can have a look at the UCIC website visa page: but for much more detailed and up to date information and procedures, you must always check the Immigration New Zealand website.

  4. Have you read your UCIC Arrival Guide yet? You will find here on the UCIC website. If you are unsure of any aspect or have any questions just send an email to us at

  5. Have you read our pre-arrival guide? This comprehensive guide helps you make decisions about what you should and shouldn’t bring with you to New Zealand. You should also have a look at this pre-departure briefing video for all new international students coming to the Christchurch region. It is your ultimate Christchurch pre-arrival guide:

  6. Have you confirmed your airport pickup? When you arrive you can safely get a taxi cab at the airport and they will take you to your local destination, just make sure you have your address printed off and give it to the driver. Alternatively you can pre-arrange airport pickup by completing the form on our pre-arrival information page.

  7. Have you confirmed your New Zealand addresses and contact numbers? When you arrive in New Zealand you will land in Christchurch; visit the airport websites so you are prepared. When you arrive in Christchurch you will need to know your local addresses and contact numbers.

  8. Have you contacted our team at UCIC with your flight information and visa status? It is important to make sure someone in New Zealand knows you are coming, in addition to calling your family when you land. If you are not sure then just email us

  9. Have you visited our website to become familiar with the Orientation dates and class start times? It is essential that all new students join us at Orientation as this is when you will choose and enrol in your courses, receive important information and of course make new friends. Please visit our page about important dates. To find out more about what goes on during Orientation click here.

  10. Enjoy your new opportunity. Relax and spend the last days at home with family and friends. Make sure you have all their contact information so you can remain connected abroad. Find out all about our beautiful city and country. Explore your new home. We hope you love it as much as we do! Here are some useful links to get you started: