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University of Canterbury's premier on campus accommodation

Ilam Apartments is an apartment-style complex that offers independent living on campus for 847 residents, whether you are in your first-year, or completing postgraduate study. The secure, fully-equipped apartments are situated on campus next to the Ilam Homestead and Gardens and will enable you to discover a great community of like-minded students, just five minutes’ walk from lecture theatres and other campus facilities.  The Ilam Apartments offers a diverse community with students of all ages, at all levels of study and from all over the world. 

Centrally located on Homestead Lane, Ilam Apartments is surrounded by other halls and only a short 5-minute walk to the University of Canterbury campus. This property offers 3 apartment types - Mānuka, Kōwhai, and Hīnau, all fully-furnished rooms including single or king single beds. Single sex or non-alcohol apartments are available upon request. 

Property facilities include study room, common room with pool table, communal kitchen, laundry, secure access to property and bedroom and so much more!

The residents’ wellbeing and support is at the top of the priority list, and UniLodge Ilam further offers residents services, security, and pastoral care 24/7, including a strong and vibrant Residential Life Program.

Ilam apartments are managed by UniLodge Auckland Ltd, on behalf of New Zealand Education Holdings. UniLodge proudly work in partnership as a preferred hall of residence for University of Canterbury.

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Property Facilities

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Common Room

There is a shared common room with pool table, foosball, table tennis, study and chill out spaces, SKY TV, and DVD player.

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Study Center

There is a computer room and printer connected to UC network.

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Outdoor Gym

Outdoor gym and social spaces are available at the Ilam Apartments. 

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Bicycle Storage

Secure bicycle storage is available to residents.

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Mānuka and Kōwhai – in-flat washing machine and dryer

Hīnau – on-site laundry room

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  • Swipe card access to building and key to bedroom
  • 24-hour student support and emergency response
  • Internal and external CCTV

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Communal Kitchen & Dining

  • Shared kitchens equipped with basic essentials (personal cutlery and crockery not provided but can be purchased prior to or on arrival)
  • Shared dining/living room

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The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 will ensure that domestic tertiary students can succeed academically in a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment in line with the International Student Code. UC is committed to supporting halls of residence to ensure they are following the Code.