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Student Life


Student Life

Living the student life in Canterbury is something you'll remember forever. There's always plenty going on around our campuses and throughout the region. We've put together some of our recommendations of what makes student life at Ara, in Christchurch and in Canterbury awesome.

At Ara

There's a new event on almost daily at our campuses - with everything from music to sport. During the day you can catch live music in various locations, meet up for coffee or lunch with friends in between classes, or join in social games. There are often BBQs on-site too and most of the time they are free!

Make sure you keep an eye on the student events calendar so you don't miss out.

In Christchurch

Christchurch is in a unique position as the rebuild kicks into gear and is constantly changing. You'll find new cafes, restaurants, bars, nightspots and shops opening up every week. There's always live music on somewhere, plenty of shows and plays, and there are art galleries dotted around the city.

For the adventurous types - the Port Hills and Hagley Park can be explored for hours, with walking and cycling tracks. The ski-fields are just a couple of hours away and the surf at Taylor's Mistake is not to be missed in summer.

Shop-a-holics will love the boutique shops in Re:START Cashel Mall (which is made out of containers) and Sydenham, plus the three massive shopping malls: Westfield, Northlands and The Palms.

In Canterbury

With its coastal and mountainous nature, Canterbury offers a wide variety of experiences. This is a place where everybody will be able to find something interesting to do, visit or discover.

The numerous attractions of the region include some unforgettable spots:

  • The village of Akaroa in Banks Peninsula is a beautiful place. You can enjoy the French style of the old buildings, as well as make the most of its natural aspects. From surfing to swimming with dolphins, Akaroa won't disappoint you.
  • In Kaikoura you will be able to see one of the giants of nature from a very short distance: a whale watching experience is not to be missed. If you are an animal lover, don't forget to go for a dolphin or seal encounter too!
  • The thermal hot pools in Hanmer Springs are the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the surrounding carefree atmosphere.
  • Possibly the bluest waters you will ever see in your life, Lake Tekapo is a top destination if you are keen on water sports, mountain biking or if you just love nature and beauty.
  • If astronomy is one of your passions, Mt John Observatory will take your breath away with the wonders of the southern night sky.
  • Discover the unique flora and landscape of Arthur's Pass. Walks, hikes and kayaking adventures are waiting for you.

Check out our Canterbury events calendar and see what else is going on.