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UniSmart presentation available on demand

Last week we held our first ever UniSmart presentation live on Zoom (this session was postponed from Orientation). Students found it very informative, helping them to get the best start for managing life at UC. It was fairly entertaining – have you ever seen someone escape from a straitjacket before? Check it out!

Watch the UniSmart webinar here> 

Anyone with a UC login can view the recording until Monday 5 April 2021, so take a look, and share it with your friends.

There’s a heap of support services available to help you make the most of life at UC. If you need some help settling into uni or have any unanswered questions, take a look at:

Or contact the team at Student Care – they’re here to help you with anything that might be affecting your studies and wellbeing such as feeling homesick, assignment support and financial issues.

We wish you all the best for your first year at UC – welcome to the community!

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Free for all UC students: Blackbullion

This year UC has partnered with Blackbullion to provide free access for all UC students. Blackbullion has a range of articles, animations and quizzes focused on topics like budgeting, scams, debt, money tips, and entitlements.

There is much more than just this inside of Blackbullion, however. For example,

  • Do you know what an NFT is, and why Jack Dorsey was recently able to sell the very first tweet posted on Twitter for $3million?
  • Do you know what inflation is, and what kinds of things can cause it to go up or down?
  • Do you know what ethical investments are, and how you could go about making some?

Blackbullion has got these topics covered as well.

We encourage you to create an account using your institutional email address (either @uclive.ac.nz or @pg.canterbury.ac.nz), try out the budgeting tool, and have a look around at what interests you.

If you run into any technical troubles with your account, you can email support@blackbullion.com.

The UCSA: What’s on offer at your Students’ Association?

With Semester One in full swing, we hope you’re settling into campus life! If you’re new around here, allow us to introduce ourselves: we’re the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (or The UCSA) and we’re here to help you get the most out of your time at uni!

Led by a governance team of elected student reps, the UCSA is independent from the University, and we run a heap of student-focused support services, fun events, and even some great bars and cafes.

We’d definitely encourage you to explore our services – a few of them are highlighted below, but do check out our website for the full picture.  You can also stay connected with us through social media: @theUCSA on Facebook and @ucsa_nz on Instagram.

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  • Orientation and Re-Orientation
  • Wellness Expos
  • Gigs
  • Award ceremonies
  • Free daytime activations

Club Support:

  • We provide support to 160 clubs and societies on campus

Clubs day

Support Services:

  • Independent student advocacy
  • Subsidised dental service
  • Subsidised optometry
  • Early learning centres
  • Welfare and financial services
  • Class representatives
  • Borrow a bike
  • Borrow a calculator
  • Charger library
  • Menstruation support

UCSA help

Food and Beverage Outlets:

  • The Foundry
  • Café 1894
  • Chilton’s
  • Collective
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Oishii
  • Otto
  • The Food Court


  • Facebook @theUCSA
  • Instagram @ucsa_nz
  • CANTA magazine

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