The University of Canterbury was the first NZ university to receive 5 Stars rating in 2011 by the international ranking agency QS and has maintained its 5 Stars status since then.
QS also ranked the University of Canterbury 214 in the 2016-2017 World University Rankings. The University is the third ranked University in New Zealand. The University of Canterbury has 19 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).
Christchurch is undergoing a period of major transformation and is home to a number of creative projects and innovative buildings.
A city reimagined. The blueprint for the new Christchurch promises a world-class city that embraces creativity and innovation.
Innovative architecture. Transitional developments are popping up all over the city including the Re:START retail precinct which features over 30 shops in vibrantly coloured shipping containers.
Creative public art. Christchurch has seen an influx of innovative public art and hosts a number of art festivals.
Innovative community projects. Christchurch has become a mecca for creative urban regeneration initiatives.
Services for new students
Get the most out of life as a student at UC. Here you will find information to help you settle in, and find your way around the essential services on offer.
Get advice from a mentor through one of UC's mentoring programmes. Make a successful start to your studies, connect with fellow students and find out about all the awesome things about UC.
UC Pathways is a developmental programme designed to assist your transition to degree study.
Email and IT services
Students receive free email accounts and associated email storage quota, accessible on the web or with a mobile device.
Student ID card
Your student ID card, known at UC as your Canterbury Card, is your formal identification for around campus.
A range of high quality health services are available for advice and consultation to ensure you stay in the best possible shape.
Check your timetable with My Timetable
Using UC’s web app, Allocate+, you can make sure you don’t have any clashes and select your preferred lecture and tutorial times where there is more than one option.
More than 100 student-run clubs and organizations support the varied intellectual, artistic, cultural, social, and recreational pursuits of the UC community.
Cycling, driving and public transport
It is easy to get to campus from most parts of Christchurch by cycling, a short drive or you can take advantage of regular bus services.
Fitness and leisure
Maintain a healthy work-life balance with free membership at UC’s RecCentre.
Blog for students, by students
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