Student Services Centre moving to the heart of campus

We’re excited to inform you that the Student Services Centre is relocating to the heart of campus and will open in Matariki (opposite the Central Library) from 11 August 2014. There is a new Information Desk on level 1 where friendly staff can help direct you to the right people or place on campus.

Matariki used to be known as the Registry building and was built in 1974 purposely as a fortress to keep students out (would you believe!). Times have  changed and in 2014 the University welcomes students to the heart of campus with Matariki being the first point of contact for student services on campus.

Here’s a photo of what the Matariki building entrance is going to look like once all of the work is complete (about late-September):

Artist impression of Matariki main entrance.
Artist impression of Matariki main entrance.

A little background about the name: Ngāi Tahu specially gifted the name Matariki to UC. In the Māori language, Matariki is both the name of a small distinctive star cluster (Pleiades) and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, and is seen as the beginning of the New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year.

If you’re struggling to find the right people on campus, the Contact Centre can help you find your way (phone: 0800 827 748).

 

Hot foodie spots on campus

In the Undercroft:

  • Café 1894 is great if you’re looking for a homely place to meet with friends, and have some quality food or coffee. They have lots of yummy lunch options, and are the perfect place to get an amaze-beans salad: pasta, potato, vegetable, even beans… you name it, they have it!
  • Looking for something to fill your tum on a cold day? Hop into The Burg and grab one of their many delicious burgers. Why not make it a combo while you’re at it? Grab some chips and a drink too! YOLO
  •  The Hot Wok is The Burg’s oriental neighbour. They specialise in rice and noodle-based dishes, with a variety of toppings, and also have spring rolls and wontons that many a student have been known to munch on. If you are on a bit of a tight budget (as most of us are!) they also have $2 rice! Bargain!
  • If you have a friend that’s after a souvlaki with tonnes of fillings then you have to get him to The Greek. You’ll be stoked when you discover their Mediterranean wonders!
  • Cut Lunch is the destination you’re after if you fancy something a bit nicer than the vegemite sammies that your mum made! The sandwiches from this little gem, are like Subway, but just a whole lot better. I recommend their Greenie sub if you want a cheap vegetarian feed!
  • When you need some m&ms to survive your lecture, or some banana cake and chips to get you through a study sesh then Chiltons is your new best friend! They are your one stop shop, and sell a wide range of food including: ice creams, sushi, cakes and wraps.
  • When you want to have a civilised date with that lucky guy or gal that you met on Tinder, head over to The Shilling Club! They have a relaxed atmosphere which is perfect if you need somewhere to chill out and have a coffee. They’re also open for dinner and have an outdoor courtyard perfect for the warm evenings!

Around Campus:

  • The Foundry. Ahh the Foundry, the local watering hole and hangout of all. If you’re looking to share a few beers with your friends, or even a classy glass of wine, this is it. They also have a bar menu with some easy options, such as wedges or nachos.
  • Bentleys is the Foundry’s quieter, more respectable friend. They mainly cater for private functions; however they are sometimes open for a casual drink.
  • Cafe101 is a favourite hangout for many students who prefer it to the hustle and bustle of the Undercroft during the lunch hour rush. They are also the home of the best slice on campus the chocolate caramel (OD). Which a ‘friend’ of mine ate far too much of in first year….#noregrets
  • For one of the cheapest hot feeds on campus head over to Eng Café and get hot chips for only $3! They also have burgers, nachos and other hot delicacies!
  • The Shed is Kirkwood’s little secret. This café is quieter than some of those contained in the Undercroft, so it’s a good place to smash out some study in your spare time. They also have a wide range of food, even some fruit and healthy options such as sushi that you can grab after you hit the Rec Centre for a workout!
  • The newly remodelled Alibi Café is situated on the bottom floor of the recently reopened Law Building. For law students it’s the place to be seen, and for the rest of Canterbury it’s another place to enjoy coffee out in the sun.
  • The Collective Café is the best place to eat and drink on the Dovedale Campus. If you make your way over there it’s definitely worth the visit!
  • Reboot Café located in the Erskine Building is a great place to visit if you’re looking for some Vegan, Vegetarian or Halal food. You can also conveniently nip in there before you slink off to The Crypt to spend your evening with all the other night owls!
  • Have you ever got to that point in the day when all you want to do is escape Uni and eat some pizza? Well if you do ever find yourself in this situation, it is possible to fufill this wish! Just head down Homestead Lane to Pizzacarto Pizzeria and grab a pizza for yourself, or even one to share with friends! It’s also open till 9pm, so check it out before you head out for a night on the town!

5 things to do during the weekend in Christchurch

  1. Look at Christchurch’s two main markets. On Saturday have a wander on down to the Farmers’ Market located in the beautiful Dean’s Bush (a short walk from Riccarton Mall). There you can sample many delicious foods including: fudge, cake, fruit and veggies, and ethnic cuisine. Perfect for a quick lunch in the sun with friends! I highly recommend the Japanese Pancakes, they’re very good!
  2. Then on Sunday head over the Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market situated at Riccarton Racecourse. You can search through all the stalls looking for oddities and collectables, and you’ll always find a bargain. Don’t forget you can barter the price down!
  3. If you’re in need of some new threads but don’t really have the cash check out the local Opshops. You may score yourself a vintage find, or a label piece that’s hardly been worn! A few of my personal favourite bargain houses include: Savemart in Hornby or Papanui, and the $2 Toffs Warehouse in Ferrymead. It’s so much easier to afford a shopping spree when everything is $2!
  4. Have yourself a lovely day by spending a few hours at The Tannery in Woolston. The olden-day look of the hallways, combined with the quirky and unique stores, makes for a shopping destination unlike anywhere in Christchurch. Make sure you look into recycle boutique for some pre-loved label clothing and finish the trip at She Chocolate with a delicious drink.
  5. Go into the city centre. Do it, I dare you! New Regent St has been rebuilt and is now filled with bright coloured buildings which hold cafes, clothes shops and gift stores. Now you can also catch the tram which runs down this street and into town. However before you leave New Regent Street make sure to pop into the Clockwork Emporium and Café – Christchurch’s main steampunk shop!
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