Christchurch for students\r\n\r\nRanked 85th in this year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking, Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-highest entry (behind Auckland). The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is known as ‘the Garden City’ – a testament to its beautiful, award-winning parks and gardens. Located on the east coast, close to the Southern Alps, it’s also traditionally known as the most English of New Zealand’s cities. There’s no shortage of things to do in Christchurch and the surrounding area, including skiing, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching and more.\r\n\r\nThe two top universities in Christchurch are both within the top 400 in the world – University of Canterbury, ranked joint 284th in the world (fourth in New Zealand), and satellite town Lincoln\u0027s Lincoln University, ranked 368th in the world.\r\n\r\nWould Christchurch get your vote? Tell us why.\r\n\r\nBest ranked universities in Christchurch - QS Best Student Cities ranking: =80th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld ranking\r\n\t\t\tInstitution\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=284\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Canterbury\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t368\r\n\t\t\tLincoln University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Christchurch\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Canterbury (joint 284th)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t394,700\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$16,700\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t59th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t92nd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t88th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent View rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=97th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\nWhy study in Christchurch?\r\n\r\nGreen spaces \r\n\r\nChristchurch is known as the \u0027Garden City\u0027, due to its plethora of parks and green spaces. The 75 acre Christchurch Botanic Gardens can be found in the city centre, as can Hagley Park, which is a site for sports like cricket, netball and golf.\r\n\r\nBeautiful surrounding areas\r\n\r\nThe city is the largest in New Zealand\u0027s South Island and is surrounded by stunning scenery, including the Southern Alps, a mountainous region popular for snowsports. Film buffs can also spot filming locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the regions surrounding the city.\r\n\r\nA city in flux\r\n\r\nChristchurch is currently undergoing a period of major transformation as part of a city renewal program. You can expect to see a wide range of creative public art as well as innovative community projects.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Christchurch\r\n\r\nChristchurch isn\u0027t the cheapest city to live in, with tuition fees at the higher end of the spectrum for students. However, rent prices are significantly lower in Christchurch than in New Zealand\u0027s capital, Auckland. A single person living in Christchurch can expect to spend around £660 per month, excluding rent, according to Numbeo.\r\n\r\nLife \u0026 culture in Christchurch\r\n\r\nThough a number of earthquakes have hit the city in recent years, Christchurch has been experiencing rapid growth, with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan aiming to ensure it is a safe, enjoyable and accessible city. \r\n\r\nChristchurch is the oldest official city in New Zealand, established by Royal Charter in 1856 (although Maori settlers had been in the area significantly before this). The architecture of the city combines various European and English elements, but Maori culture still plays a big role. \r\n\r\nCareers in Christchurch\r\n\r\nThere are many important industries in Christchurch, with the key ones being agriculture and manufacturing. It also has a growing tech industry, known not for its size but for its diversity and creativity. Many large firms recruit on campus, such as Deloitte, BDO and PwC, and universities hold careers fairs and networking events for both students and graduates.