Christchurch, located on the East Coast of the South Island, is New Zealand’s third largest city.
‘The Garden City’ has a rich history and welcomes many tourists and students as they arrive in the city’s international airport ready to explore the South Island.
Living in Christchurch as a student
Two English New Zealand member schools are located in Christchurch. Both are located on tertiary campuses – one in the heart of the city, the other at a suburban campus within easy travelling distance to the city centre.
There are several accommodation options but staying with a homestay family at the start of your course is a popular choice. Long-term students often move to a campus residence or share a house with other students.
Further study options include quality high schools, private colleges and tertiary institutes. Ara Institute of Canterbury, the University of Canterbury (UC) and Lincoln University offer world class diploma and degree programmes.
What to do in Christchurch
There are so many activities for students both in Christchurch and within a short drive from the city. Our schools’ activities programmes provide fun opportunities for you and your friends in your free time.
At the weekends, walk through Hagley Park and visit the historic Curator’s House for a coffee or some tapas.
The Riccarton Farmers’ Market is a busy and interesting place to visit on a Saturday morning. You can sample gourmet and organic foods, enjoy the entertainment and talk to friendly people from Christchurch and overseas.
Visiting the International Antarctic Centre, punting down the Avon River, and relaxing in the new He Puna Taimoana Hot Pools by the sea are just a few must-do activities.
Eating and drinking in Christchurch
Christchurch is a transitional city with a lot of new restaurants and cafes popping up all over the city.
Little High and The Riverside are two upmarket food courts offering local and international cuisine. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to practise your English while socialising with friends at one of these great venues.
Venues, facilities and events in Christchurch
There are festivals and events organised in Christchurch and Hagley Park throughout the year.
Home to the internationally renowned Crusaders rugby team, AMI Stadium hosts many games throughout the year.
International music artists perform in Christchurch and family friendly events such as Sparks in the Park combine classical music with spectacular fireworks.
What to see in the Christchurch region
Within two hours of Christchurch city you can ski or snowboard, enjoy a round of golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, or enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest wines at a winery.
A trip to the Hanmer hot pools and to Akaroa to see the Hector’s Dolphins are two things you should definitely do while studying in Christchurch.
Why learn English in Christchurch?
Meet students from all over the world, and experience some of the most amazing activities you’ve ever imagined when you study English in Christchurch.