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The UCSA’s Opening Up For Level 2

These last few months have been a challenge, but the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) is still here to support you as we move to Alert Level 2.

During the national lockdown, we shifted many of our services online and began to work remotely, but as lockdown lifts, we’re taking steps to reopen some on-campus facilities like select food and beverage outlets and Haere-roa (the UCSA building).

So what changes will you notice from Monday 18 May?


Haere-Roa will be opening its doors to students once again. Please remember that you’ll need your Canterbury Card to swipe yourself into the building, but once inside you can make a beeline to a comfy chair, or visit UCSA reception upstairs.

Haere-roa Central Street

Food and beverage

We’re also happy to announce that you’ll be able to grab your caffeine-fix or a bite to eat, Monday to Friday, from:

  • Nuts & Bolts, 9AM–3PM,
  • Collective, 9AM–2.30PM, and
  • Chilton’s, 9AM–4PM.

These outlets will be takeaway only, and we have full safety plans in place for each site. We can’t wait to welcome you back, and we appreciate your support.

University Book Shop (UBS)

Booklovers will be glad to know that UBS is reopening from Monday 18 May. And if you’re off-campus, you can also browse their goods from the comfort of your own home, through the UBS website.

Other UCSA services

If you’d like to know more about our services under Level 2, head to the COVID-19 page on our website for regular updates.

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The UCSA’s Flu Vaccination Subsidy is Here!

If you’re a UC international student, or a UC domestic student not enrolled at the UC Health Centre, you can now apply for a subsidy on your flu shot. To inquire, email the team at the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA): Numbers are limited, so get in quick!

Flu vaccines are free to all domestic students enrolled and funded at UC Health Centre. They’re also free to all domestic students with a chronic illness, i.e. asthma (if on a regular preventative therapy), diabetes etc. These students don’t need a UCSA subsidy.

To learn more about the UCSA and our student services,  please visit our website. We can help with advocacy, food support, grants, class representatives and more.

Remembrance services being held this week

This week, there are a number of commemorations being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch to mark March 15 and to show aroha for the Muslim community.

Sharing Messages of Aroha and Hope

Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 10.30AM to 2PM
Location: C-Block Lawn, University of Canterbury (or wet weather venue Tī Kōuka room,  Haere-roa at Canterbury University)
More information:

This week, to express our aroha for our Muslim whānau—and in a stand against racism and discrimination of any kind—the Student Volunteer Army and University of Canterbury Students’ Association have partnered with All Right? to create one kilometre of messages of hope and compassion.

Thousands of paper flags have been sent out to schools, libraries and museums around Ōtautahi Christchurch. Now, we need your help to combine these messages together before they are displayed in front of Christchurch Cathedral on Friday morning.

Join us on the C-Block lawn (or wet weather venue Tī Kōuka room, Haere-roa) at the University of Canterbury this Thursday 12th March from 10.30am onwards to write your own words of support or to help us string the messages together.

Paper flags are also available to write on in the Puaka James Hight Central Library from this Monday.

The messages will be collected at the completion of the project and turned into art by the Giving Seeds of Love project.

Help us string together 1kn of aroha and hope



Colour Your Day

Time: All day
Date: Friday 13 March
More information:

On Friday, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association invites you to join Colour Your Day to commemorate March 15 by wearing bright colours to University in an expression of aroha and hope.

For cultural reasons, please don’t wear red. Any other colour would be OK.

Colour Your Day



National Remembrance Service

Update 14 March – Please note tomorrow’s National Remembrance Service marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks has been cancelled, as a precautionary approach to Covid-19 (the Corona Virus). Read more>

Time: 3PM to 4.30PM
Date: Sunday 15 March
More information:

A National Remembrance Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 15 March.

The service, Ko Tātou, Tātou We Are One, will be jointly led by the local Muslim community, Christchurch City Council, the Government and Ngāi Tūāhuriri as mana whenua.

It will be an opportunity for people to come together in unity, to show compassion, love and support for all our communities, and the value we place on being an inclusive and diverse country.

Free park and ride buses will be running from UC’s Arts car park and Eastgate Mall between 1pm – 2.30pm on Sunday. Returning buses will depart from Lincoln Road (between Lindores and Twigger Streets) after the service.