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UCSA Holiday Hours: What’s For Lunch?

Craving a lunchtime treat? Here’s what’s open at the UCSA over the term holiday …

The Foundry Bar (bar snacks and meals):
12pm–9pm, Mon–Fri (Note: Closes at 7pm Friday 9th April).
Open for Quiz Nights on Tuesdays and Bingo on Wednesdays.

Oishii (sushi):
10am–2pm, Mon–Fri

Otto (pizza, curly fries, and coffee):
10am–4pm, Mon–Wed
10am–7pm, Thu–Fri


Nuts & Bolts (coffee, snacks, and hot meals):
9am–3pm, Mon–Fri

Collective (bites on Dovedale Campus):
8.30am–2.30pm, Mon–Fri

1894 (café):
8am–4pm, Mon–Fri

Chilton’s (snacks-to-go):
8am–4pm, Mon–Fri

Coming to Campus: UCSA’s O.Week 2021

This year’s O.Week is set to be a cracker, with the UCSA organising over 20 events to entertain and welcome UC’s new students to campus. Among our free events are BBQs, movies and the ever-popular Clubs Day.

For event news and photos, be sure to follow the Students’ Association online: @theucsa on Facebook and @ucsa_nz on Instagram.

Free Event Calendar

Postgrad BBQ: 11 February, 5pm to 7pm at Haere-roa

Te Whiringa: 16 February, 7pm to 11pm at Haere-roa

Ori Market: 19 February, 8.30am to 2pm at C-Block Lawn

Pepsi Max Movie Night (R16): 21 February, 8pm to 10pm at Haere-roa

Lunch on The Lawn: 22 February, 11am to 2pm at Haere-roa

Clubs Day: 23–24 February, 11am to 2pm at C-Block

Summer Starter Expo: 25 February, 10am to 2pm at Haere-roa

QCanterbury Welcome BBQ: 26 February, 4pm to 7pm at the Haere-roa Ampitheatre

Little changes you’ll love at Café 1894

Are you looking for a great spot on campus for your next lunch or coffee meet-up? Café 1894 is the perfect destination – over the holiday, the Team have refreshed the space with comfortable new seating and stylish serving ware (a move away from the single-use containers of the past).

Drop by for a visit. Café 1894 is open in The Undercroft, Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

UCSA open hours

Welcome back to campus. We hope you had a fantastic holiday, and grabbed some well-deserved downtime.

The UCSA Team are also back on board, delivering services and planning for Orientation ’21. Below you can find our current open hours, which run until Semester One begins.

Haere-roa (the UCSA building)Monday to Friday: 8.30AM – 5PM

(UCSA Reception is open Monday to Thursday: 8.30AM – 5PM and Friday: 8.30AM – 4.30PM)

Collective (Dovedale)CLOSED
Undercroft Food CourtCLOSED
Chilton’sMonday to Friday: 8AM – 4PM
Café 1894Monday to Friday: 8AM – 4PM
Nuts & BoltsMonday to Friday: 9AM – 3PM
The FoundryMonday to Wednesday: 12PM (Noon) – 6PM

Thursday to Friday: 12PM (Noon) – 7PM

Students’ Association helps to feed future generation of Christchurch students

The University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) will help fuel a younger generation of students’ learning as part of its new contract to provide school lunches in Christchurch.

The Association has won a contract with the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme, which provides nutritious lunches every school day to primary and secondary school pupils from participating schools. The programme is being rolled out nationally to address food insecurity among kiwi youth – something intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Ministry of Education, around one in five children in New Zealand live in households that struggle to put enough good-quality food on the table. Ka Ora, Ka Ako is targeted at schools and kura where students are facing the 25% highest level of disadvantage and socio-economic barriers that could affect access to education, achievement and wellbeing.

Under the programme, the Association will produce and distribute around 3,000 lunches a day across 10 schools from the Christchurch city district.

2020 UCSA President Tori McNoe said they were proud to be a part of the project. “It’s a really unique circular economy that allows various wins and opportunities for current and future generations of students to benefit from the scheme. It also allows us to build our connections with the school community.”

And it isn’t just primary and high-school students that will benefit. The UCSA will be putting the funds it receives from the contract back into its charitable work supporting University of Canterbury students. All proceeds from their commercial operations are used to deliver a range of services that include advocacy and welfare, early learning centres, and club support.

The UCSA will begin delivering school lunches across the district in February 2021.

For further information on Ka Ora Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme

Ka Ora, Ka Ako | healthy school lunches programme – Education in New Zealand

Major expansion of school lunch programme |