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Devastated by a series of major earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, Christchurch is a city trying to feel its way back onto the world stage – but don’t fear, this is a great place to study.

Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and its main entry point for the South Island. The city has always been a thriving destination for international students and has many of the attractions that students want. However, the city is still coming to terms with the destr4uction of the earthquake, with most buildings more than five stories high having collapsed.

Consequently, Christchurch is a changing city, full of creativity and new ideas. This upbeat positivity and sense of optimism is something that makes Christchurch a great place for postgraduate students to study.

Study in Christchurch?

Christchurch is a popular destination for international students in New Zealand. You can study an undergraduate degree at some of the following institutions:

Undergraduate degrees in Christchurch will typically take three years to complete, but this does depend on the institution, subject and mode of study. You should be aware that the university year in New Zealand runs from February to November.

Immigration and visas

International students planning to study full time in Christchurch for more than three months will need a student visa and a student permit, unless your home country has a special agreement with New Zealand.

Contact the New Zealand embassy in the country you live in for details of how to obtain your visa and permit. You will have to meet certain health requirements and pay a fee to apply.

Full-time students can work up to 20 hours a week in New Zealand during the academic year and the Christmas break. 

Accommodation and living costs

As an international student it is likely that you will live in dedicated student accommodation, at least for the first year of study. This is a great way to meet fellow students and also avoids the hassle of having to sort out your own rent and place to stay prior to arrival.
However, there are a number of options open to you if you do decide to go private. You could choose to stay in homestay, which means staying with a local family in Christchurch and learning the kiwi way of life.

Alternatively, you could choose to rent a private property or room with friends, family or fellow students. Expect to pay around NZ$100-$200 for a room in a shared house.

What to do next

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