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Formed: 1894
Fee: Free
Find Us: Level 2, Haere-roa


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 services, including: advocacy and welfare; subsidised dental and optometry; early learning centres; club support; events; media and even some amazing 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 Association owns a 50% share of the University Book Shop, and has net assets valued at just over $12.0 million.

How we’re governed
Thirteen elected student reps govern UCSA with the support and guidance of some savvy external advisors. We employ 147 staff who report through our CEO.