University of Canterbury

Students' Union

  • The University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) supports a wide range of clubs to suit a variety of interests.


  • The University of Canterbury was established in 1873.
  • Until 1961, the university was part of the University of New Zealand.
  • Some of the university buildings had to be demolished following the 2010/11 earthquakes in Christchurch.
  • The earthquakes had a negative effect on student numbers with a considerable number of undergraduates and international students dropping out of the university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
  • Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford.
  • Comedian Rhys Darby.
  • New Zealand’s first Maori graduate, Sir Apirana Ngata.


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand