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Got questions about living at Ilam Apartments? Find out everything you need to know about our student accommodation by checking out our most frequently asked questions. Whether you’re unsure about moving logistics, living costs, leases, or another aspect about of living in UniLodge student apartments, these questions include all the essential information you’ll need before moving in. If you have a question that you don't see answered, feel free to contact us directly.

Where can I find more information about accommodation?

All our student accommodation located in Christchurch can be found here.

UniLodge Vision, Mission and Values

Please view our Vision, Mission and Values click here.

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

It’s just a 5 minute walk to the main campus on Ilam Road and 10 minutes to the Engineering Block and their are Scooters in the area available if you are running late. 

What is the distance to the bus stop?

There are 2 bus stops either end of Homestead Lane (less than 500 metres).  

How long does it take to get to town?

Its a 20 minutes bike or bus ride, 5-6 km walk or $20-25 taxi ride.

Can two people live in ONE room?

No, all rooms are single.

Can you bring your own bed?

No - Beds are provided. 

Are pets allowed?

No sorry. 

Is smoking or vaping 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 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, UC security patrols throughout the night. After hours the Community Safety team are also on site and can be contacted 24/7 hours - 0508 864 425.

Is insurance required for my personal belongings?

Yes, talk to your insurance provider for recommendations.

Is a television included?

Yes, all apartments have a TV and there is Sky TV in our Common Space ‘HOME ‘.

Is there a fitness center?

The UC’s Recreation Centre is free for UC Students only and only a short walk away.

Are friends allowed to stay over?

Yes, be sure to get your flat-mates’ permission. You can have a guest stay for a maximum of 2 nights and air mattresses can be hired from the office for their stay.

Is it co-ed?

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

What kind of heating will I have?

There are individual heaters 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 in your flat every two weeks. 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 café onsite.  The local Bush Inn Centre with numerous food outlets and supermarkets is a short 10 minute walk.

Tell me about meals?

Ilam Apartments is self-catered but you are able to purchase meals/plans from our University Hall Dining Room.

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.

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.

Is there a place to lock my bicycle?

Yes, covered bike storage is available. A deposit of $10 is required, which will be refunded following the return of the key.

How do I do my washing?

Washing machines and dryers are provided in Manuka and Kowhai blocks.  For Hinau apartments there is a large communal laundry (Eftpos operated $2 per wash $2 per dry)

What is included in the price?

Power, WiFi (UC students only), all our apartments are fully furnished and your bedroom will have a bed and desk.  The kitchen is fully equipped and includes pots and pans. The great thing about living here rather than private flats is you don’t have to worry about winter power bills or if a flat mate moves.

Do you have a car park?

Residents can pay an initial fee at the start of the year to claim a car park within Uni Hall. Car parks are limited/subject to availability therefore get in quick to secure your spot! Those who miss out can park in various on-road spots around University.

Cann non-UC students apply for accommodation?

You can apply to live at Ilam Apartments if you are planning on studying at other tertiary education provider in Christchurch.

Further Resident Information

The Resident Handbook is designed to help you to get to know the building and familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a resident. We hope that this Handbook will prove useful to you in answering any questions you have, and in assisting you with the most common concerns that you may have.