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Short walk to lectures

University of Canterbury's premier on campus accommodation

Offering a smaller close-knit community with just 110 rooms and 30 casual rooms, Sonoda is located adjacent to Hayashi on the Dovedale campus.  

Sonoda Christchurch Campus is a modern accommodation facility offering a quieter, peaceful environment surrounded by Japanese-inspired landscaped grounds. Depending on demand, alcohol-free and/or single-gender apartments are available. Facilities include a common room, seminar room and laundry facilities within each building.

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

Sonoda is 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 Area/Lounge

A common room is available to all residents, with a shared kitchen, pool table, table tennis, SKY TV, and DVD player. There are also organised social events for you to enjoy.

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Unlimited internet available for UC students. UC Visitor Wifi available for all causal guests.

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Car Parking

32 car parks are available with an additional $232 fee.

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Bicycle Storage

Secure bike storage available on-site.

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Security and Support

The accommodation is equipped with internal and external CCTV, swipe card access to the building and a key to bedroom. There are 24-hour student support and emergency response.

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Computer Suite

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

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Games 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.