NZ Aid Students

How Do I Know If I am an NZAID Student?
You will have been informed by MFAT (Ministry and Fisheries and Trade) prior to your acceptance into your course of study at the University Of Canterbury.

What Rooms Are Available?

We have spaces in either our Sonoda Apartments which is located on Dovedale Avenue or in our Ilam Apartments. Please view online:


How Do I Apply
Go to and register for Accommodation.


What Do I Pay Upfront When My Scholarship Is Approved?
NZAID students pay their accommodation charges plus initial fees by setting up a payment plan after arrival to the village. The student will meet with the Community Manager of the village to work out a payment plan and come to an agreement on a per week/fortnight payments.


What If I Don't Get My Visa?
Get in touch with our Accommodation team and send through your proof of denied Visa. We will go through the steps with you for working towards a cancellation.


What If I Don't Have A New Zealand Bank Account or Credit Card for My Bank Details?
When you have settled into your new apartment and you have set up a payment plan with the Community Manager, you’re more than welcome to come to the apartment office and request a proof of address from us, which is required by the bank to open a new bank account.


What If My Arrival and / or Departure Dates Are Different To The Set Dates?
Early/Late Arrival - If you’re arriving after your scheduled check in date, that is fine – just let us know when we should expect to see you. If you plan on arriving earlier than the contract states, you will need some form of casual short term accommodation. We do provide short term accommodation so please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

Early/Late Departure – If you plan on leaving earlier than your contract states please contact the office and speak to the staff who will be able to advise on the process of departure depending on the date you wish to leave. If you’re planning on staying longer than the contract states, please contact the office and speak to the staff about your options.


Can I Arrive At The Village Without a Confirmed Booking?
No, we require all new/returning residents to have a valid application and contract with us to move in. Please do not arrive to UC Accommodation unless you have received your confirmation.


More Questions?
Please feel free to get in touch with us via email

We are happy to help with all enquiries and questions you may have.



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