Got questions about living at Sonoda? 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 our 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.
There are washing machines and dryers located in each building.
These are free to use.
UC Accommodation Student Village
PO Box 1834
New Zealand 8140
It is a 15-minute walk to the main campus on Ilam Road.
There is a bus stop on Dovedale Ave 2-minute walk from Sonoda Village. www.metroinfo.co.nz can assist in planning your trip.
There are a variety of events on site (check out the Sonoda Facebook group page). It is also a short stroll to Bush Inn Shopping Centre and Riccarton where there are plenty of bars, eateries and shopping malls.
It is about 10-15 minutes by car, 30 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by bicycle.
No, all rooms are single.
No smoking is allowed on-site. UC is also a smoke free campus.
No, but we do practice quiet hours.
Yes, you will be allocated an individual front door card, a private bedroom door key and your bedroom windows will have secure locks.
Yes, UC security patrols throughout the night.
Yes, talk to your insurance provider for recommendations.
Sonoda has a Sky TV in the common room by the office.
Not at Sonoda, however all UC students are able to access the UC Recreation Centre on Kirkwood Village campus.
Yes, be sure to let the team know you have a guest, and get them signed in. You can have a guest stay for a maximum of 2 nights. A guest ban applies over the study and exam break.
Our halls are mixed but you can request a single sex floor/flat if you would prefer and we will do our best to allocate your preference.
There are individual radiators in all rooms.
No but with fully opening windows you will not need it.
We have a great housekeeping team who clean all common spaces regularly. It is up to each resident to keep their room clean and we provide vacuum cleaners.
Yes! There are cafés on the Sonoda campus; as well as the nearby Bush Inn.
There are a limited number of car parks on-site for a cost.
Arrival dates will be confirmed in your contract – early arrivals can be secured but are subject to availability.
We offer a number of programmes (including tutorials) throughout the year which will support you to get the most out of your time at uni. These are advertised on the Sonoda Facebook page.
You will experience normal day-to-day noises and activity; we ask that people are respectful of their neighbours.
Yes, covered bike storage is available for $10 deposit (refundable following return of key)
There are washing machines and dryers in each building – use of these is free, but you need to provide your own laundry powder.
Your room is your own space! However it is absolutely NOT PERMITTED to use pins on walls or make alterations to any of the surfaces in your room. You are more than welcome however to use blue tack, or sticky hooks to attach anything to the wall. Unless there are medical grounds and you have prior management approval, you are not permitted to have a fridge, freezer, microwave or cooking appliances in your room.
Power, WiFi (UC students only), furniture (bed, desk, chair, wardrobe) and meals.
Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm.
Yes, by prior arrangement - please call our after hours on-site staff on 0508 864 425 or send us an email.
Please ensure that you have emailed us at least one business day before your arrival so that we can prepare in advance. Once you have arrived, please call the on-duty phone number advertised on the exterior door of the front entrance.
Our objective in providing a complaints process is to allow our residents to air their grievances in a constructive manner with a focus on reaching a mutually acceptable solution. Where a mutually acceptable solution cannot be reached, UniLodge may refer to the resident handbook or to your Occupancy Agreement in response to your grievance.
UniLodge aims to reach resolution of the complaint in a reasonable time frame, with a focus on minimising any ongoing impact to the resident engaging in the complaints process.
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 assisting you with the most common concerns you may have.