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University of Canterbury's premier on campus accommodation

As the largest new accommodation build at UC to date, Tupuānuku will offer 504 fully-furnished rooms for first year students in 2021.  Located amongst other halls of residence, the location on Homestead Lane (adjacent to the Ilam Homestead and gardens) is a short 5 minute walk to main campus facilities.  

Offering fully-catered and self-catered options, single rooms and single ensuite rooms, accessible rooms, and with multiple study and common spaces, Tupuānuku offers flexibility, diversity and a community environment inspired by Papatūānuku, one of nine stars in the constellation of Matariki associated with both cultivated and uncultivated food and resources harvested from the soil, which is reflected in the colours and the names of the kāhui or neighbourhoods on each floor.

The name Tupuānuku can be translated as tupu or tipu, meaning to grow, and nuku, a shortened version of Papatūānuku or mother earth. In addition to its association with harvested food and resources, Tupuānuku is also connected to the creatures found on the forest floor, and rongoā, traditional medicines.

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Common Areas / Lounges / Games Room

Common Areas and group study spaces are available on each floor. 

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Communal Kitchens

The dining spaces is shared for a fully catered experience or self catered with a master-chef style shared kitchen and dining space. 

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Car Parking

Car Parking is not available on site however students can park on campus.

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Bicycle Parking

116 bike spaces are available to store your bike.

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Community Background

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The Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 came into force on 1 January 2019.  The Code will ensure that domestic tertiary students can succeed academicially in a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment in line with the International Student Code.  Tupuānuku will have 20 Residential Assistants living on site to support students as the first point of contact.  UC is committed to supporting halls of residence to ensure they are following the Code.