Category Archives: Wellbeing

New term, new you! Get your free gym membership sorted today

Congratulations on completing your first term at Uni, now that you’ve got that under your belt, it’s a great time to establish some new routines that support your wellbeing for the rest of the year. Read on to find out how to get your free gym membership to do just that.

Get moving 

If you’re not already moving for your health, all it takes is a small commitment of 20mins a day to start.   After a while, you may just feel better physically and mentally.  That improved ease of movement might just motivate you to increase that after a while (but no rush!)  

Use the gym – or don’t!

It doesn’t matter how you choose to move, as long as you do!   Getting outdoors for a walk, using the pool, or heading the RecCentre to play sport or use the gym or classes, all of it will help. 

Your RecCentre membership is FREE for UC students 

Ok, so technically you’ve paid for it via your student levy, but what we want you to understand is that you don’t have give us any more money to use the gym or group fitness classes.  The basics are all included, so you can get started anytime.  So, why pay for a gym membership in town, when all you have to do is head to our website and register.   

Once you’ve done that, head over to the gym and explore.  Bring your student ID card, that’s your membership card now as well.  

You’ll also be prompted to download the Rec&Sport app (we’ll send you emails once you’ve registered).  Definitely do that as well – this is how you’ll book into our excellent free group classes (like yoga, SkillX, Pilates and more), grab free gym programmes and virtual workouts to follow at home or in the gym.  

See you soon!  
Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

Follow-up Vaccinations on 7 May!

For students who received their MenB vaccination at Welcome Day or the UCSA Summer Starter Expo vaccination clinic, you can receive your second dose on 7 May.

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora will be back on campus on Tuesday 7 May to provide free follow up vaccines for Meningococcal B, HPV and MMR.

The drop-in clinic will be located in Bentleys (located in Haere-roa, above the Foundry) between 10am – 2pm on Tuesday 7 May 2024.

These vaccinations are now in the childhood immunisation schedule, but some young people may have missed out on them. Check your online health portal or ask your GP if you’re not sure.

Nurses administering the vaccinations will ask you to complete a short consent and information form. You won’t be required to provide your NHI number [but it would be helpful if you have it handy!], or proof that you live in UC accommodation.

For additional information on the vaccinations provided on 7 May, simply follow the links above.

If you’re not yet vaccinated against any of the above, but you’re looking into it – here’s what you need to know:

  1. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is FREE!
  2. HPV is FREE for everyone aged between 9 – 26.
  3. The Meningococcal vaccine is only free for certain students, but UC strongly recommends all students protect themselves against this potentially devastating disease.

If you’re registered at the UC Health Centre, reach out to the team for more information, otherwise contact your local GP.  You can find more information here.

Protect yourself and others

Getting a flu jab is your best defence against the virus this winter.

Domestic UC students enrolled at the UC Health Centre will be able to get FREE flu vaccines from 3 April 2024. For international and domestic students who are not currently enrolled at the Health Centre, the UCSA and the UC Health Centre are offering 1000 FREE flu vaccinations.

How to get your vaccine

  • Phone reception and book an appointment at the UC Health Centre on 03 369 4444 (ext. 94444) or contact your registered medical provider to book with them instead.
  • Please don’t come to the Health Centre if you feel unwell and phone reception to let them know

If you have any questions regarding the vaccine, please contact UC Health Centre or your own medical practice. For further useful information, visit the Ministry of Health’s website.