Campus Life

Your Campus Life

The University of Canterbury boasts the largest campus in Aotearoa, New Zealand, offering a vast expanse of greenery and a safe, inspiring environment. From the upper floors of the library and Rutherford buildings, you can see the city of Christchurch unfurling below, with the magnificent, snow-covered Southern Alps as a breathtaking backdrop.

As a UCIC student at the University of Canterbury, you'll enjoy access to a variety of programmes and services beyond the classroom. These opportunities provide you with the chance to connect with fellow students, explore your interests, and, most importantly, have a great time! The University of Canterbury is home to the most active Students Association (UCSA) in New Zealand, featuring an array of clubs and societies. Getting involved, making friends, and finding like-minded individuals who share your passions is made easy!

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Do You Have Questions?

We Have Answers

We're here to make your journey as smooth as possible, and that means answering your questions, anytime!

If you have any queries right now, check out our  Frequently Asked Questions, or simply drop an email to our friendly team at

No Worries about Getting Lost on Campus

Our campus is your friendly guide. We've got maps and information points dotted all around, so you'll always know where you are and where you're going. Plus, we've got a secret weapon—the "black button" on those info points connects you straight to our campus security.

You can also download the UC Finder app to your phone or tablet for easy navigation.

And remember, Kiwis (New Zealanders) are super friendly, so asking someone for directions is always a great idea! Be sure to grab the UC campus map before you arrive.

Discover the Vibrant Campus Community

The University of Canterbury and UCIC are not just about classes; they're vibrant communities. No matter your interests—be it social, sports, religious, politics, environment, food, or performing arts—you'll find a club that's just right for you.

Some clubs are tailor-made for international students, while others are a melting pot of Kiwis and people from all over the world. Joining clubs and societies beyond the classroom is a great way to develop skills and language ability as well as to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

If you don't see a club you like, why not start your own?

Your Campus: More Than Just Classes

Our campus is like a little village, complete with everything you need. We've got services, shops, and even our very own art gallery. The UC Health Centre, Recreation Centre, University Bookshop, Bank, Post Office, Pharmacy, and more are all right here on campus.

And the best part? Your caffeine fix, sandwiches, or sweet treats are never far away with an array of on-campus eateries.

Stay Connected While on Campus

When your family is miles away, staying connected becomes a lifeline.

At UC, you can connect to the free Wi-Fi network on the Ilam campus, the Dovedale campus, and even from the Halls of Residence on-campus accommodation.

With 200GB of free data and the option to purchase top-ups, you'll always stay connected.

Student Services Levy

Every student, whether local or international, pays a student services levy each year. ,

This levy allows you to experience world-class facilities and services at UC. You'll find the details on your offer letter, the levy should be paid alongside your tuition fees.

Discover more about what your student services levy covers and offers here.

Canterbury Card (Student Services Card)

Your Canterbury Card is more than your student ID. It's your all-access pass to locked areas, library privileges, UCSA membership, and even a debit card for internet, email, printing, and more.

During Orientation Week, (O week) we'll guide you to pick up your Canterbury Card. Just remember to bring what's needed and be ready to have your photograph taken!

UC Health Centre

Right on campus, the University of Canterbury Health Centre serves UC staff and students with affordable healthcare. As international students, you're often required to have full travel and medical insurance.

The good news? You can claim back any costs with your insurance provider. Check your insurance policy for coverage details.


UC Recreation Centre

Do you enjoy high-energy workouts? Or would you prefer a calm yoga session? Perhaps you’d like to challenge yourself at the climbing wall?

The UC Rec Centre has it all. And the best part is it's free for all students! Register at reception - your Canterbury Card is your golden ticket for the year.


UC boasts four libraries. We understand that learning happens in various ways, so our libraries cater to everyone's preferences. Some floors are for collaboration and discussion, while others are reserved for quiet, focused study.

Beyond books, our libraries offer computer labs, bookable private rooms, and various other services.

Public Transport

Around 2,000 students live on campus, but for those who don't, the suburbs have plenty of private rental properties within walking or cycling distance of the University. If you live a bit farther, buses are a convenient option. Christchurch city's bus network makes transportation a breeze. During Orientation Week, we'll help you get a Metrocard for cheaper rates, free transfers, and a daily spending cap. No more worrying about cash or change!

Get on Your Bike!

Christchurch's flat terrain makes cycling a favourite mode of transportation. It's an affordable and eco-friendly way to stay fit and explore the city. Just make sure to follow the NZ Road Code (Road rules of New Zealand) and keep safety in mind.

Secure bike stands around campus are electronically accessible with your Student ID card. Always remember to lock your bike.

Cycling on campus:

  • Secure, electronically accessed cycle stands are located around campus – simply swipe your Student ID card to get access. Always lock your bike.

  • Cyclists can use both the campus roads and pedestrian paths, but please always be considerate of other path/road users

  • Dr. Bike is a free service during term time where students and staff can have their bicycles looked at and fixed by Dr. Bike mechanics. This service provides basic maintenance such as fixing punctures, tightening brakes and oiling chains

Explore the Campus!

Our campus spans 76 hectares, offering well-designed learning spaces and stunning natural surroundings.

Grab your scooter, skateboard, or bike, or simply lace up your walking shoes, and set out exploring!