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Accommodation options for International Students arriving in Christchurch

Note: There is a shortage of accommodation in Christchurch due to many buildings being demolished after the 2010/2011 earthquakes. It is therefore vital that you book some form of accommodation (perhaps temporary) before you arrive in Christchurch.

The main University of Otago Christchurch campus building (School of Medicine and Health Sciences) is located at located at 2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, adjacent to Christchurch Hospital. [Note: There is a Riccarton Avenue and a Riccarton Road, so do not get confused between the two.]

map - 2 Riccarton Ave

Short-term Options


This is a good place to stay initially while looking for a flat/more permanent accommodation.
It is close to the Christchurch campus building.

BreakFree on Cashel

BreakFree on Cashel is a 20 minute walk from the Christchurch campus building

Urbanz Accommodation

273 Manchester Street is a 20 minute walk from the Christchurch campus building


Or look for a motel on Riccarton Road, Christchurch

Longer-term Options

University of Canterbury accommodation

Contact person for Campus Living Villages at University of Canterbury:

Purpose-built privately-run student flats

Brockworth Place, Riccarton. Contact Andy or Jane Taylor

Rent a flat

There are various websites which you can google to find a flat in Christchurch.

Most of the students obtain a flatting situation via trademe