Campus Life

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Student Life


Student Life

Learn about the 5 ways to wellbeing

Keep Learning

TedTalks link – find all sorts of videos from thousands of inspirational speakers at

Learn how to create flax flowers here.

DIY sustainable products – Coffee Scrub

Ingredients –

  • ¾ cup of coffee grinds (ask your local café if they have used coffee grinds they are wanting to get rid of)
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil


  1. Melt coconut oil and leave to cool but do not solidify
  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container Keep in the fridge and use 1-2 times per week.

DIY Sustainable products- Bath salts


  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 5 drops of essential oil ( more or less depending how strong of a scent you want)

Directions –

  1. Melt coconut oil, let it cool but not solidify.
  2. Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix
  3. Add coconut oil and mix lightly
  4. Add essential oil and mix lightly
  5. Put bath salts into an airtight container and store in a cool place


The following links contain a variety of volunteer opportunities, listed under one website. This can range from helping out your council, local stores or community charities.

Time banks can be found all over New Zealand. A time bank works by giving your time and skills that can earn ‘time credits’. Time credits are used instead of money and can be used to ‘buy’ another person’s time and skills for a task you may need to complete. Check out

The Red Cross has stores, offices and events all over New Zealand that can always do with volunteers to help out at! Look up your local Red cross on their website and see what events or stores you can help out at

Take Notice

For tips on living green and noticing how living green affects our environment, check out

The following apps may be helpful in taking notice of your mood, learning to meditate and learning how you can improve your mood.  

  • HeadSpace
  • Insight Timer
  • Live Happy
  • My Mood Tracker
  • Mindshift
  • Neuro Sculpting

Be Active

Check out these five fitness Youtubers that have easy to follow videos for beginners. Each channel runs a different type of exercise that you can complete from the comfort of your own home!

  • Yoga with Adriene
  • Cary Williams (boxing coach)
  • Aerobic dance
  • Power Music
  • POPSUGAR fitness

If you live in Christchurch or Timaru check out the Recreation Centre Campus Life page for information about Recreation Services available. Or check out The Zone if you are in Christchurch.


Ara has a variety of student groups that you can join and/or start. Check out the student groups page to find out more!

Connect with other people and your environment through community groups that volunteer and help our environment flourish  (Christchurch)

Fale Pasifika O aoraki is not only a support system but also a community group for the Pasifika community located from Ashburton-Oamaru. This group allows you to connect with your Pasifika community and improve your wellbeing

Connect with your community by visiting your local farmers market and supporting local businesses