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University of Canterbury

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The University of Canterbury is New Zealand's second oldest university, it was established in the year 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand. The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, and Canterbury, New Zealand plus about 15,564 students attend the University.

In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017, University of Canterbury was ranked in the world’s top 500 universities. In the year 2017/18 Qs World University Rankings ranked the University of Canterbury 214th overall in the world and the third highest ranked University in New Zealand.  The University is officially accredited by the Ministry for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand.




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The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch lies between the South Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps, and it is an ideal city from which to explore New Zealand’s south island. From the natural mountains to the sea, it is only 1.5 hours to the foothills of Mount Cook National park and only 2.5 hours to Kaikoura’s famous beach and its dynamic mountain views.


The University of Canterbury has its main campus occupying 76 hectares (190 acres) of natural land at Ilam which is a suburb of Christchurch and about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from the centre of the city. The University's College of Education is adjacent to the main campus and the college has its own sports-fields and grounds. The University's College of Education also has additional small campuses in three cities and teaching centres in Greymouth, New Plymouth, and Rotorua. The University of Canterbury has three libraries, with a central library housed in the tallest building on campus, the 11-storey Pauka-James Hight building and it has ten halls of residence housing about 2,279 students.

Residing Options

The University of Canterbury offers a variety of accommodation that will suit your lifestyle and budget. There is a UC Accommodation Student Village which offers well-furnished apartments in a safe and conducive environment. These apartments are fully furnished single rooms with bed, desk, wardrobe, bookshelf and an internet port. Students will get to have their own room and the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities are all shared.  Some families living close to the university do offer to host an accommodation for the students, here a student will get to experience living with a local Christchurch family until the student finds a suitable place to stay.  Some students choose to live off-campus, private houses or flats are available for such students to rent and these private rented houses or flats are not quite far from the university. International students under the age of 18 must either reside in New Zealand with a parent or a designated caregiver.


The University of Canterbury has a total number of 1,158 academic staff with 715 international staff.  The university has a diverse range of study options with over 100 qualifications in more than 80 different subject areas.  It offers world-class research and inspirational teaching, located in a vibrant environment, the learning activities are unique. 

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The University of Canterbury offers a good number of Job opportunities to any individual, the working environment is okay and its employees are well paid.  Students also get the chance to work at the university,  most especially graduates of the institution.