Not sure what to do at the gym? We can help with that

Starting out isn’t easy, and the gym is no exception.   It can be a little bit daunting and sometimes stepping through the door for the first time is the hardest part!    You know that exercising regularly is going to help your mental health, your physical health and your general happiness, so take the next step and come see the team at UC Rec&Sport. We are here to help you get started, so you can live your best student life!

First up, if you’ve never been a member with us before:

Step 1:  Get your UC RecCentre Membership sorted 
Step 2: Get your UC Rec&Sport App sorted

Note:  For both of these steps, you need to use your UC student email, either @uclive.ac.nz if you’re an undergraduate or @pg.canterbury.ac.nz if you’re a postgraduate student.

Then, come and explore all we have to offer.  Here are a few ways:

  1.  Take a virtual tour on the website, so you can see what to expect before you come over
  2. Book yourself a Discover the Gym session via the app.  These are small group sessions (no more than six), where we take you on a physical tour of the facility, show you how to use all the features of the app, and if time permits, we’ll show you the basics of using the equipment.  There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions too.
  3. Use the app to select a gym programme to reach your goals.  You can ask for an at-home programme, gym programme, bodyweight only, weights based and more!  All app programmes come with videos for each exercise to show you what to do.
  4. You can ask a team member on shift for help if you see them on the gym floor, or we have some 15min appointments available at no cost, for quick questions or technique advice.
  5.  Try a group fitness class.  Let our instructors guide you through a workout.  We have 40+ classes every week to suit a range of abilities and fitness levels, from beginners through to gym junkies.  Step Basic, Discover Yoga, Discover Spin and Discover SkillX are all entry level, slower paced classes ideal for beginners.

The best part?  These are all FREE with your student levy funded membership.

If you need or want a little more bespoke help, we also have Personal Trainers available at additional cost.   They can write programmes for you to follow on your own, or you can have 1:1 sessions as often or as little as you want for that extra push.   UC students get a 25% discount as standard on our full price, always.   So, you can see a trainer from $30 for 30mins!

It would be great to see you in the gym in 2024!
Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport

Term 1 Career Tutorials

Haere mai, welcome to all new and returning students!

If you want to learn more about finding a job, improving your CV, and doing well in interviews, join our free Career Tutorials, right here on campus.

Open to all students, any year of study.

Register Now:

Can’t attend in person? Watch tutorials on our YouTube channel.

Useful Career Resources:

  • Stop by for our 10-minute drop-in sessions to get answers to your career questions. Mon-Fri 10 am – 12pm.
  • Don’t miss out on Employer Recruitment Presentations and Career Fairs on campus.
  • Access the latest job and internship listings exclusively for university students and graduates by logging into the NZUni Talent Jobs Board.

Ngā mihi nui,

Te Rōpū Rapuara |UC Careers

Fire in Christchurch’s Port Hills

Kia ora koutou,  

We hope you’re all keeping safe and well following the development of the Port Hills fire yesterday.  

While classes don’t start until next week, it’s important to remember that UC support services are available to you. 

UC Student Care is your support team if you need to talk. The service is free and available to all students whether you’re on campus or a distance learner. Contact the team here> 

If you’re feeling unwell or are experiencing respiratory issues as a result of smoke over the city, please reach out to the team at Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre. Contact them here> 

If you are living in a UC hall of residence, there is also support available from your hall staff and Taurima | Residential Advisors. 

Emergency services have been responding to the fire since yesterday afternoon. We’re connected with city authorities and are kept up to date on the situation. You can follow the emergency alerts on: 

Herea tō Waka | Welcome Day will proceed as planned tomorrow, Friday 16 February, and we look forward to welcoming new and returning students to campus ahead of lectures starting on Monday. 

Ngā mihi, 

Gilbert Taurua 
Director Student Wellbeing