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Affordable, Comfortable Summer Accommodation

If you’re staying in Christchurch for the summer and need a place to stay, then continue reading…

Whether your current accommodation contract has come to an end or you’re looking for some temporary accommodation over the summer; you may be spoilt for choice or have no options. Irrespective, this post should hopefully help solve that.

UC is offering a variety of accommodation options both on and off campus for the summer at very affordable prices. A list of available options and prices can be found here: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/accom/halls/summer.shtml

In case you’re new or don’t have the slightest clue about the places on offer, these little bits should help (it’s best that you either go have a look for yourself and make a decision, or just contact the respective offices if you’re short for time):

  1. University Hall: Located by the Ilam Fields on Maidstone Road, this place is the  closest to campus. The fairly recently built blocks come in lots of six with a kitchen, lounge area and two showers.
  2. Ilam Apartments: Located on Homestead Lane, just by the Ilam       Gardens, this is an extremely ideal and comfortable location. Each apartment has either five or six rooms and one or two showers respectively including a lounge, kitchen and in-house laundry      for most of them.
  3. Waimari Village: The newest accommodation on campus, this comes as a fully furnished house for a minimum of a month’s stay.
  4. Waitakari Village: Located off campus, this too is a fully furnished, fully catered accommodation option that is very affordable.

Summer should be fun and comfortable and all these accommodation options are guaranteed to deliver both!

Losing the Fresher Five with the UC Rec Centre

Keeping on top of your health and fitness while you are studying can be hard! After a long day of study the last thing you can feel like doing is hauling your butt down to the gym. If you are anything like the majority of students then you have probably put on a “fresher five”. This is probably due  to a stable student diet of two minute noodles and alcohol. I know that shifting that extra weight can be tough, when my own weight loss started to plateau I gave a personal training package at the uni Recreation Centre a go. I was paired up with the absolutely amazing Sam who I had six intense training sessions with.  He personalised a gym programme for me that focused on my fitness goals, showed me how to use all of the equipment properly and  taught me how to do the exercises effectively and safely. After my six sessions I have to say that I am feeling a whole lot stronger and healthier. I have never seen myself as the kind of girl who would dare to try and lift a bar but damn it feels good to push my body and watch the weights increase as I become stronger. Sam pushed my body further than I would have if I had ventured into the gym alone, it was tough but well worth it. I now have the tools to continue to train alone and extra personal training sessions are so ridiculously cheap that even my student budget can accommodate the luxury of having a personal trainer! If you are needing some help with motivation, your fitness level is plateauing or you are looking for advice about how to get started on losing that fresher five, then get your butt down to the Rec Centre and get a personal training package!  UC students have the cheapest rates of personal training in Christchurch at their fingers, go forth and use it well!

Attention, UC Night owls!

This information is for night owls at UC!

End of the year is always a busy time of the year when you have to do lots of cramming and late night studies, and you visit Maccas more often than normal (if you’re like me). I got curious about which nearby restaurants are open til really late at night (even into early mornings) because I wanted some variety for my late night snacks. I’ve found three places so far.

Ancestral (Riccarton Road) opens till 12.00am or 1.00am, Dragon Garden (Riccarton Road) opens till 1.00am or 2.30am and Denny’s (Moorhouse Ave) is open 24 hours.

I cannot make a statement on the quality of their food but these were what I could find. Do you know any other places? Please feel free to share your information 😀