University of Canterbury


The University of Canterbury is undoubtedly one of the renowned public research centers in New Zealand's largest city on the South Island, Christchurch. The University holds the second oldest university title, right after the University of Otago. The main campus was first established in 1873 in the central part of the city; later, in the 1960s, the University was transferred to Ilam, a suburb a few kilometers west of the previous location. It offers world-class research, inspirational teaching, a lively campus environment, and a great lifestyle with students from worldwide.

It follows a mission to contribute to society through knowledge and a world-class learning environment to attract people with the ultimate potential to make a change in the world. The University of Canterbury is where knowledge is created, disseminated, critiqued, and protected. Learning, teaching, and research take place in innovative and inspirational ways.

The University is famous for its Engineering programs. Apart from that, it also offers studies in Arts, Law, Commerce, etc.


This Institute is home to about 15,000 students in various undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Among these students, around 3,000 are international from all over the world. The University has produced great names like Ernest Rutherford, who won Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

UCSA (University of Canterbury Students' Association) represents the student at the University. It operates from Haere-roa building and its main student activity center. This building hosts a theatre and several student organizations and societies' offices. USCA runs several restaurants and cafes around the campus.

Over 140 academic, recreational, cultural, and educational societies and clubs operate here. Most prominent of these are ENSOC (University of Canterbury Engineering Society), Student Volunteer Army, LAWSOC (University of Canterbury Law Society), and UCOM (University of Canterbury Commerce Society), as well as Motorsports Society (Motosoc) and CUSSC (Canterbury University Snow Sports Club).

The university's student population operates a student magazine named Canta, which started in 1930. The University of Canterbury also has a student-run radio station called RD, operating since 1976.


Finding a proper residence is as crucial as choosing the right degree. The University offers a separate places for students according to their level of studies. You can also select Homestay or live with your family; it's up to you. UCIC (UC International College) students have special accommodation options. You are offered fully furnished living space, a safe and supportive community, and residential staff.


  • By QS World Ranking, the University of Canterbury ranks 284.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Canterbury ranks 501-600.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Canterbury at 387.


University of Canterbury
20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

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