About Us


Who we are

UCSA is the University of Canterbury Students' Association Inc. We're a not-for-profit organisation with charity status.

Established in 1894, we're a grand-old institution dedicated to supporting students to succeed and belong at UC. We dish up a range of student-focused services, including: advocacy and welfare; subsidised dental and optometry; early learning centres; club support; events; media and even some great cafes and bars.

With all this going on, we’ve grown into a diverse organisation with an annual turnover of around $10.0 million. The UCSA owns a 50% share of the University Book Shop, and has net assets valued at just over $12.0 million.

The UCSA is based on the second level of Haere-roa, 90 Ilam Road.



How we're governed

Elected UC students as well as a co-opted student representative from Te Akatoki make up the governing body of the UCSA.

Their core role is to provide strategic and overall governance of the UCSA, and to protect and enhance the value of the organisation's assets and services in the interests of UC's current and future students.

The Exec also represent students and ensure that they're heard at UC. Members sit on close to 45 boards and committees across the university.

The UCSA employs over 100 staff who report through our CE.