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Student Accommodation in Christchurch

Casita makes it simple to book student accommodation in Christchurch. You should begin your search for student accommodation in Christchurch early because it is one of the most sought-after destinations for students in New Zealand. With our staff of housing experts at your disposal, getting your ideal student studio or en-suite room won't be difficult at all. One of our many alternatives for Christchurch accommodation can meet your demands, including single rooms, shared rooms, en-suite rooms, flats, penthouses, quadruplets, and more. Contact Casita's bilingual, round-the-clock staff to book your student room easily.

About Christchurch

The third-biggest city in New Zealand, Christchurch has a population of over 350,000, making it the largest on the South Island. A unique innovation ecosystem, a strong IT sector, three top-tier universities, and an exploratory mindset all characterise this city. One of the world's most distinctive travel destinations, Christchurch combines urban renewal and innovation with history, culture, and thrilling action.

Best Places to Live in Christchurch

Christchurch has plenty of neighbourhoods and areas for students to call home during their study period. The Inner City is one of the best places to live in Christchurch. 

The Inner City

The Inner City, often known as the Christchurch City Centre, is the ideal neighbourhood to stay in if you want to be close to the main historical and cultural attractions as well as universities. We have student accommodation there, namely Quest Christchurch

Cost of Living in Christchurch

Typically, students need a weekly budget of NZ$350-400 for living expenses. The rent usually averages around approximately NZ$110 per day. 

Transportation in Christchurch

The Christchurch bus network is the most extensive, cheapest, and most commonly used public transport network. So yeah! Take the bus! You can get to most places by bus. To save money and get away from the confusion of the use of cash, the prepaid card and the Metrocard will be the two right things to choose from. The Metro Bus Service is another good way to get around the city without emptying your wallet. You can use the campus roads and pedestrian paths, but be sure to follow the Christchurch cycling guidelines. Other transport options include a ferry service, taxis, and a city tram. 

Student Life in Christchurch

Christchurch is home to numerous, sizable parks and ancient gardens. Every March, the Ellerslie International Flower Show, which spans five days, takes place and features horticultural and floral events. Christchurch is a city of adventure, where heritage and urbanism meet. The city is perpetually changing, offering residents and visitors new things to discover. It's a fantastic city for international students to live in.

Tourist Attractions in Christchurch

The city of Christchurch has a lot to offer. Christchurch's well-known landmarks, tourist spots, and attractions include anything from parks and open spaces to museums and art galleries. In Christchurch, there is a place for you to enjoy whatever may interest you!

  1. Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch is called “The Garden City” thanks to its beautiful botanic gardens. There is a beautiful rose garden in full bloom and a wonderful succulent /rainforest hall and some gorgeous cottage gardens and lots more. It is the best place to take a walk or have a picnic with some friends or just chill by yourself. 

  1. Canterbury Museum

The Canterbury Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Antarctic artefacts, and it shows a remarkably diverse collection through a series of exchanges with other venues from across the globe as well as various international auctions.

Universities in Christchurch

As a city with a significant population of local and international students, Christchurch is home to many top-ranked universities and world-renowned institutions. Casita has options for student accommodation in Christchurch near the city’s universities; check some of them out below!

  1. Lincoln University

  • 2 Christchurch student accommodation options are available just a short walk away or a short public transport ride away.

  • Gerald St near Murray Pl transport interchange is just three minutes away.

  • Places of interest: Saville Creek.

  1. University of Canterbury

  • A couple of options for student accommodation in Christchurch are available just a short walk away or a short public transport ride away. 

  • Memorial Ave near Chilcombe St transport interchange is just two minutes away.

  • Places of interest: Hansons Reserve. 

  1. Yoobee School of Design

  • 2 accommodation options are available just a short walk away or a short public transport ride away. 

  • Riccarton Ave transport interchange is only five minutes away.

  • Places of interest: Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour.

  1. University of Otago, Christchurch

  • 2 accommodation options are available just a short walk away or a short public transport ride away.

  • Riccarton Ave transport interchange is only two minutes away.

  • Places of interest: Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour.

Nearby Cities

Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Christchurch, Casita offers student accommodation in these New Zealand cities as well: Auckland.

Frequently Asked Questions:


When should I start looking for Christchurch student accommodation?

Starting your search for student accommodation in Christchurch early is recommended. The earlier, the better. Also, Casita is there to help you with most of the steps: the room type, the amenities provided, the location, and the proximity to your university.


When should I book my accommodation for the January intake?

Securing student accommodation should be done around six months before your intake. Book your Christchurch student accommodation around July.


Are there short-term stays in Christchurch?

Yes, but you should check the availability of your Christchurch student accommodation of choice during your desired period. You can also refer to a Casita accommodation expert to help you find accommodation that accepts short-term stays.


How much rent does a student pay for student accommodation in Christchurch?

The average weekly cost for student accommodation in Christchurch, specifically an en-suite room, is around NZ$110 per day. Depending on the provider, other room types like single rooms or studios may cost more or less.


How do I pay for my student room in Christchurch?

Payment can be made via net banking or through your debit card. We also have our own payment portal at Casita, where we can assist you with the entire payment process. 


Can I pay my Christchurch student accommodation rent in instalments?

Yes, you can pay your rent in instalments. However, some providers may require you to have financial statements or a payment plan. Refer back to your accommodation expert for further help on the matter.


Are bills included in my rent?

It depends on the provider as many Christchurch student accommodation options offer essential utilities such as electricity, water, and gas in the rent. At the same time, some also provide Wi-Fi and insurance at no extra cost. However, referring to the listing pages or contacting an accommodation expert for the specific rent inclusions is recommended.


Can I get discounts for student accommodation in Christchurch?

Yes, students who book early or a while in advance are eligible for good deals and pay lower rent in Christchurch. You can also save on rent by making a group reservation. Other offers are constantly available; we recommend you keep an eye out for the latest ones on our website! 


How do I complete my booking?

Once you enquire on our website, one of our accommodation experts will contact you to proceed with booking your room of choice or offer you alternatives if the room is unavailable for your dates. To enquire, simply choose a room and click on the "Enquire" button, then fill out the enquiry form you see in front of you.


What should I look for when booking Christchurch student accommodation?

While searching for student accommodation in Christchurch, you want to look for places that offer all-inclusive bills, as well as fully-furnished accommodation options, accommodation close to your university of choice, and student homes that have the basic amenities you might need, including Wi-Fi, secure parking, and on-site laundry facilities, among others. 


What are the best areas for students to live in Christchurch?

There are many neighbourhoods and locales in Christchurch where students can make themselves at home while they are studying. The Inner City is among the top neighbourhoods to live in Christchurch.


What different accommodation types are available for students in Christchurch?

The types of student accommodation in Christchurch vary, ranging from PBSAs (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation) to private lets and co-living spaces. 


What are the different available room types?

The available room types in Christchurch student accommodations range from single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and en-suite rooms to private flats, apartments, self-contained studios, and penthouses. 


Can I get a furnished student room in Christchurch?

Using Casita’s services, you can easily find fully-furnished rooms in Christchurch that are fitted with the essentials of a bed, a wardrobe, a study area with a desk and air, a bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen.


Can I see the property before moving in?

Almost all Christchurch student accommodation options allow students to see the property either through online viewings through Skype or Zoom or virtual tours of the property, so you can take a look at your new home before moving in.


What’s the best mode of transportation in Christchurch?

The best way to get around Christchurch is via buses. Walking and cycling are also available options in the city centre. There are also other transit options such as taxis and trams.


What is dual occupancy student accommodation?

Typically, dual occupancy refers to accommodations that are generally one or two-bedroom properties, where more than one person is allowed to stay at either the same price or a slightly higher fee.


What anti-COVID measures are in place at student accommodations in Christchurch?

Most Christchurch student accommodation providers have now intensified their cleaning and sanitising measures of student apartments and communal areas; some providers offer weekly cleanings free of charge. Ask your accommodation expert for further details on the COVID measures implemented in your building of choice.


Is it safe to rent private student accommodation in Christchurch?

Landlords are carefully and thoroughly vetted before being posted to our websites. Christchurch student accommodation providers are always the safest and most trustworthy student options. 


Are these Christchurch student accommodations secure?

Most of our available options for Christchurch student accommodation, specifically PBSAs (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation), are safe and secure, with additional safety measures, like CCTV and a security team being used and with students’ safety being taken into account. 


Can only students book with Casita?

Yes, only students can book with Casita. Students over the age of 18 can easily find suitable student accommodation in Christchurch, while students under the age of 18 can also book with Casita but might require guidance from accommodation experts to find a fitting accommodation. 


Can my parents or guardian stay in my student accommodation in Christchurch for the first few days when I arrive?

While some Christchurch student flats may allow parents or guardians to stay over, every student accommodation in Christchurch has its own set of rules and regulations regarding hosting outsiders. We recommend you either check with the provider or contact an accommodation expert to get all the necessary information. 


Can I stay with a friend at the same student accommodation in Christchurch? 

This mostly depends on the provider and the specific accommodation you choose. In most cases, you can rent an apartment with your friends. You may, however, be charged a small fee to do so, or you can rent a dual occupancy unit.


What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?

At Casita, we try our best to find student accommodation that meets all your priorities and preferences. If you do not like your accommodation due to unforeseen or unexpected circumstances, referring back to the provider is recommended, as cancellation policies vary from one provider to another.

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