Kia ora!

The UCSA is excited to welcome you to our vibrant and diverse University. No matter where you are from, or who you are, we are pleased you chose to come to UC.

The UCSA is here to support you during your studies, whether it's through our representation of students, our advocacy and wellbeing services, events or food services. The UCSA has a dedicated International Rep, and we encourage you to reach out to them if you need them:

Useful websites

Social media


Making friends and getting involved in campus life

Here are a few tips to help:

  • Join a club or society. There's around 160 of them, ranging from sports and academics to volunteering, cultural and religious groups. Seriously – there's something for everyone.
  • Take up a sport. Sports are a big part of kiwi culture, especially rugby (we're kind of obsessed). So, joining a sports team or checking out the UC Rec Centre is a good way to get to know new people (and stay fit, obvs).
  • Become a volunteer. This a great way to get involved in the wider community. The UC club Student Volunteer Army is really popular here, and there's also VolunteerNZ.
  • Make the most of Orientation and Re-Orientation. This is when there are loads of new students on campus and everyone's getting to know each other. At the start of the year, the UCSA holds two weeks' of events, including the International Student Welcome and Kia Ora Bro. Mid-year, we hold ticketed gigs, plus free events like markets and lunches.
  • Spend some time on social media. There are a few big Facebook groups on campus where you can connect with students. The UCSA Noticeboard, the UC Postgraduate Students' Association (UC PGSA) Noticeboard and the UC International Student Noticeboard are all popular.
  • Check out UC events. The UCSA has a full events calendar for students, and the clubs do a lot too.