Make the most of your time at UC


“University is the best time of your life” so they say. It’s the golden years where we make memories that involve our best mates, old and new, discover ourselves, make mistakes and eventually learn from them.

With a university as big as UC, although it’s easy to meet people, keeping  in touch is tough as we don’t always see the same face twice unless both parties make a conscious effort. Being a student at UC is about more than getting a degree, the latest campaign says “UC More, Feel More, Do More” and this is for good reason.  Being a student here is genuinely your chance to have an all round unique experience.

With a varied and diverse range of social clubs and societies on campus, almost every individual’s needs and interests are catered to. Clubs and societies on campus are the ultimate way to make friends for a lifetime.

With over a 150 clubs ranging from sports to cultural, including academic and activist clubs, we really do have something for everybody.  If someone’s still looking for something else, then they can always start their own club! All clubs and societies on campus are affiliated to  the University of Canterbury Students’ Association           which is the governing body, but each club functions on its own, with an exclusive executive panel.

As UC students we are strongly encouraged to make the most of our time, both academically and socially, and we’re provided the resources to do so.  A piece of advice would be to put yourself out there. UC is a safe haven and a crucial part of our learning years and truly does offer so much more than a degree. So, go out there, get involved, meet new people, make new friends (stumble even) but don’t deny yourself the endless possibilities that the social aspect of UC has to offer through its clubs and societies.

Academic Skills Centre – your very own pit crew

Congratulations, you’ve either just started out at university or have made it through this far. Irrespective, if you’re a little lost and need some help sorting out that assignment, thank your stars, because the Academic Skills Center (ASC) does just that.

Located on both the Ilam and Dovedale campuses Level 3 of the Central Library (James Hight) and on level 1 of the Education Library, ASC provides a free service to everyone enrolled at the University to assist them, through individual consultations. They provide customised feedback on assignments, hold regular workshops, seminars, lectures and give access to a range of online resources that focus on your success at university.

Need help approaching an assignment or need some critical review of it?  Seeking help with context and grammar? Need some tips to manage your time efficiently, or simply a road map to make it through university? The ASC has all the answers for you! Seriously.

Approach them; all you need to do is ask and you will receive help. If used wisely, the ASC can act as your pit crew that will get you through the race of the  “survival of the best” at university.

Fortunately, with them, you’re not on your own.

All you need to know about flatting

It’s that time of the year again when rental properties are in high demand. Fortunately, to help combat the stress of flatting and hopefully make things easier, UC has a solution.

The University’s Accommodation Office is hosting an information session this Wednesday, 30 July at 4pm, in C1 lecture theatre on Ilam campus. This is the one information session you don’t want to miss if you’re seriously considering flatting. It’s your one-stop guide to seeking all the information and answers to your possible apprehensions about flatting.

With guest speakers from the  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Tenants’ Protection Association, UCSA and
UC Accommodation Student Village, the session aims to give you a clear, transparent insight into what you should look for and expect while flatting, all the way from looking for a flat to signing the agreement. Costs, bonds, tenant and resident rights and responsibilities are some of the topics covered. Additionally, specific topics of interest or queries can be registered in the sign up link and will  surely to addressed on demand.

Here’s the link to sign up: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/accom/flatting/seminar.shtml 

If all the potential information you could gain isn’t enticing enough and you’re still skeptical about en-cashing on this opportunity, then it’s time to let you in on a little secret. There’s FREE pizza and refreshments! Did  I mention FREE pizza? Now who misses free pizza in their right mind?!

So, sign up and go along with your mates or potential flat mates and come to terms with flatting and get started before all the good properties are off the market because someone else beat you to it!

Flatting information session 2014

Flatting information session 2014

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