Canterbury Student Accommodation | UniLodge Tupuānuku

University of Canterbury's premier on campus accommodation

UniLodge New Zealand commenced operation in Auckland in 2003 and since establishment has developed strong and repeat relationships with many of New Zealand’s quality education institutions. UniLodge New Zealand is led by General Manager Laura Roberts with offices in Auckland.

The UniLodge New Zealand footprint includes the following properties:

Current Properties / Bed Numbers / University Relationship

  1. UniLodge Anzac Beach / 367 beds / University of Auckland
  2. 55 Symonds Street / 343 / University of Auckland
  3. Whitaker Place / 300 beds / University of Auckland
  4. Te Tirohanga o te Tōangaroa / 488 beds / University of Auckland
  5. Stafford House / 301 beds / Victoria University Wellington
  6. Mayoral Drive Auckland / 695 / AUT (under construction)

UniLodge New Zealand is thrilled and honoured to be working in close partnership with the University of Canterbury on its new Tupuānuku student accommodation, to deliver an exceptional Residential Life experience for the students of the University of Canterbury in a caring pastoral environment. In particular we look forward to supporting University of Canterbury’s initiative to promote education opportunities and pastoral outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students. 

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.

Tupuānuku is one of nine stars seen within the cluster of Matariki, Te Iwa o Matariki.  It is the star that is connected to kai (food) and rongoā (traditional medicines) that is grown within the soil, or harvested from the ground. The rising of Matariki signals the new year within te ao māori and plays a significant role in the māramataka, the Māori lunar calendar, in determining and planning for the year ahead. 

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Property Facilities

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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.