Christchurch and Canterbury are great place to study

Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Vibrant and ever-evolving it is surrounded by a region of natural wonders.

Christchurch is a recreational hot spot within easy reach of all the outdoor fun and adventure the region has to offer. Beyond the hills are the Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton Harbour, the Canterbury Plains, and a little further away are the majestic Southern Alps for skiing and snowboarding.


Christchurch is only a 25 minute drive from the seaside with 10 swimming beaches so you have easy access to a selection of safe beaches all year round. There are a number of rivers and lakes for other water sports, including Ōtakaro Avon River, such as kayaking, rafting and rowing.

You can also take part in a range of activities on the Port Hills, a key landmark in the city, with 22 mountain biking tracks and rock climbing and tramping.

Also nearby are the historic French town of Akaroa, the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs and the seaside town of Kaikōura, which is famous for its whale watching.

There is a variety of things to do in Christchurch — from art exhibitions and cultural celebrations to sporting events and music festivals. Christchurch has an abundance of parks and gardens, cafés, restaurants and bars, farmers' markets and vineyards and the largest mall in the South Island.

Experience Christchurch's renewal

Christchurch is undergoing a period of major transformation. Christchurch is forever changing as vacant sites awaiting redevelopment are turned into exciting spaces where local people can meet, take part in music, art, performance and activities. There’s a sense of vigour in Christchurch that is inspiring the city’s regeneration. Check out the website for further information:

Accommodation options

Private Rental

Flatting is the most popular type of accommodation for our students. It offers an independent lifestyle and is a great option if you know a few people who will be in your intake or know someone with a spare bedroom to rent. The price per room varies depending on location from $150 to $200 per week and power is around $20 per week. For more information go to:

Halls of Residence and Villages

UC (The University of Canterbury) offers accommodation in a supportive academic and social environment in a residential student community. Anyone can apply for a place for a University of Canterbury Hall of Residence or Village, typically the places that are available are filled by UC students then places are offered to other students, we recommend the Ilam Apartments. Places are offered to non UC student in mid December. The price for a single room is $210 per week. Please let us know if you would like to apply so we can support your application. For more information go to:


Homestay is a good option while you settle into the city and your study. The cost is around $250 per week for room, power, internet and three meals per day. For more information go to:

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Christchurch is cheaper than in Auckland, especially accommodation. And it is an easy city to live and study in as everything is close and conveniently located. However, you will need a car, bike or a ride share to study at IAANZ as the public transport system ends at Christchurch International Airport and we are located on the other side of the runway. The plus side is everything in Christchurch is close and the city is easy to get around and you have fantastic views from the Academy.