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Accommodation options for students arriving in Christchurch

There has been a shortage of accommodation in Christchurch for the past few years. 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.

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.
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BreakFree on Cashel

BreakFree on Cashel is a 20-munite walk from the Christchurch campus building.
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Urbanz Accommodation

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

Tenancy information

A wide range of information is available from the website, including:

  • the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants
  • how much bond and rent you should pay in advance
  • market rent information
  • how to handle disputes