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What is the distance to the University of Canterbury main campus?

It’s just a 10-15 minute walk to the main campus on Ilam Road.

What is the distance to the bus stop?

There are bus stops on Ilam Road and Waimariri Road, just a short walk from the village.

What kind of nightlife can I expect?

There are heaps of events on site (check out our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/ucaccommodationstudentvillage for info). It is also a short stroll to Riccarton where there are plenty of bars, eateries and shopping malls.

How long does it take to get to town?

15 minutes bike or bus ride, 1 hour 15 minute walk or $20-25 cab ride.

Can two people live in ONE room?

No, all rooms are single.

Can you bring your own bed?

On the whole no – there are some exceptions.

Is smoking allowed?

No smoking is allowed on-site. UC is also a smoke free campus.

Is there a curfew?

No, but we do practice quiet hours. (Sunday-Wednesday from 10pm, Thursday-Saturday from 12am and extended hours during exam times).

Is my room secure?

Yes, you will be allocated an individual front door card, a private bedroom door key and your bedroom windows will have secure locks.

Is the property secure?

Yes, you will be allocated an individual front door card, a private bedroom door key and your bedroom windows will have secure locks.

Is the property secure?

Yes, UC security patrols throughout the night. We also have an Evening Support Coordinator who works an evening shift alongside our own security staff. There are also Duty Managers who will pick up emergency calls. Support is always available 24/7 and throughout holidays.

Is insurance required for my personal belongings?

Yes, talk to your insurance provider for recommendations.

Is a television included?

No but you will find Sky TV in your main common room.

Are friends allowed to stay over?

Yes, be sure to let the team know you have a guest. We can offer them a mattress for the night!

Is it co-ed?

Our apartments are mixed but you can request a single sex flat if you would prefer.

Do I need to bring appliances?

Not really. Ilam and Sonoda are equipped with the basic kitchen equipment so you only need to bring anything out of the norm. You will also have access to washers, dryers and an iron and board and can borrow vacuums from the housekeeping staff.

What kind of heating will I have?

There are individual radiators in all rooms.

Is there air-conditioning?

No but with fully opening windows you won’t need it.

Does someone clean?

We have a great housekeeping team who clean all common spaces regularly. It’s up to each resident to keep their room clean and we provide vacuum cleaners.

Is there a café close by?

Yes! There are three on-campus plus a cafe at Ilam Apartments and a row of eateries just a short walk from the village. You can also arrange to eat at the Uni Hall dining hall. Meal packages are available.

What are upfront costs?

$300 refundable bond, $300 admin fee, $200 Residence Association fee (which pays for all the social events and academic programs UCA run for its residents as well as keeping the ‘Learn’ spaces current).

What are the payment options?

Credit card, bank transfer, EFTPOS, bank cheque, cheque.

How did the facilities handle the earthquakes?

Really well! Having management on site meant we were able to offer an immediate response. The halls suffered no damage.

Do I get a car park? How much is it?

Yes, there are a limited number of parks on-site for $189 a year.

When am I able to move in?

Arrival dates will be confirmed in your contract –early arrivals can be secured but are subject to availability.

What kind of programs and events do you have?

Live, Learn, Grow is the program run by UCA that supports residents to get the most out of their time studying. Our aim is to support our residents to succeed academically while making lifelong friends and experiencing personal growth.

Can I take a tour?

Yes, anytime! Just give us a call to book.

Can I get my bond back if I am not accepted into University?

Yes, fees are refundable (excluding administration fees) as long as you withdraw before the withdrawal date on your contract.

How do I request a particular building?

You can choose the people you live next to, and the building you’d prefer once your application has been approved. We will contact you with the details.

Is it noisy?

You will experience normal day to day noises and activity; we ask that people are respectful of their neighbours.

Is there a place to lock my bicycle?

Yes, covered bike storage is available.

How do I do my washing?

There are washers and dryers in the flats at Manuka and Kowhai, a laundry building at Ilam and at Sonoda there are laundry rooms in each accommodation block.

What is included in the price?

Power, furniture (bed, desk, chair, wardrobe).

How do I apply?

Apply online through our website by clicking the pink button at the top of the page.