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If you love to get into the great outdoors, New Zealand is a wonderful playground, with unique fauna, flora and native wildlife. In the Canterbury region, where the main campus of Lincoln University is situated, the beach and the mountains are located within 90 minutes of each other, so whether you are into surfing or skiing, at Lincoln University you will have it all.
For more details, visit: www.christchurcheducated.co.nz
Don’t forget to let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely.
Once you arrive in New Zealand, you will never want to leave! It’s such a great lifestyle, the people are friendly and there is so much to do, all just on your doorstep. The activities I have enjoyed the most are tramping (hiking), kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping and spending time in the snow. And of course, all the great friends I have made here.” (Nicole Marie Wheadon)
Your first week at Lincoln University will be quite informative, and you will probably be a little bit jetlagged, so try to find some quiet time for yourself amongst all of the activity.
This time can be as social and actionpacked as you want it to be, but there are plenty of peaceful spots on campus if you need to take a quiet break.
The checklist will help you to orient yourself and get settled. Once you have completed your enrolment, you will be an official student of Lincoln University. We are confident you will have a great time in your new surroundings, as there is plenty to do. Make sure you go to the clubs and Market Day during O’ Week. This will help you to set up your social calendar and meet new friends. Enjoy your time here and remember that we are always happyto help you if you need assistance.
New Zealanders are known as ‘Kiwis’, which is a reference to our national emblem: the nocturnal, flightless, endangered, and lovable kiwi bird.
We are approachable and speak in a fairly relaxed manner. It is easy to get to know people on campus at social events, before and after lectures, at the dining hall, at the café and in the Halls of Residence.
As a relatively new country, New Zealand has a diverse multicultural population. Many of its customs and way of life have descended from the self-sufficiency of early settlers and the traditional and contemporary Māori world.
Playtime and exploration – adventure activities
It is an exciting time to be living in Christchurch, because we are seeing a new city rise up before our eves. New restaurants, stores and entertainment venues are constantly popping up.
There are a range of shops, movie theatres and transport operators that offer student discounts. If you are unsure if a student discount may apply, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the business you are purchasing from has a student discount. A list of businesses offering a student discount in the region can be found online at www.studenthub.co.nz , or ask your friendly LUSA staff on campus or at www.lusa.org.nz.
Going out with friends to cafés, restaurants, and bars is a great way to get to know new people and unwind from the rigours of studying all week. Below is a list of some of the delicious restaurants, bars and cafes in Christchurch. For more information, visit: www.findchch.com
Useful mobile/internet websites for setting up communications as soon as you arrive in New Zealand:
There’s a reliable bus service to and from campus, which travels into the Lincoln township, Christchurch and the surrounding towns. For more information, visit: www.metroinfo.co.nz
Riding a bike is popular for short journeys. Please note that under New Zealand law, you MUST wear a helmet and have front and rear bike lights on at night. Cycling on footbaths is not permitted. Visit: http://www.tfc.govt.nz/travel-by/bike
For air travel throughout New Zealand or overseas, the two main domestic airlines are Air New Zealand (see www.airnewzealand.co.nz) and Jetstar (see www.jetstar.com/nz). Alternatively, you can visit our on-campus travel agency, APX Travel, on the ground floor of the George Forbes Memorial Building opposite the Bookshop (see www.apx.co.nz).
Supermarkets sell groceries, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, and essential household and personal items.
New Zealand has a subtropical climate, meaning it’s generally fairly mild, with temperatures in the mid ranges. However, we still have four seasons, sometimes all within one day. In other words, New Zealand weather is changeable. The coldest month is generally July and the warmest months tend to be January and February. Christchurch may get a little snow in winter and frosts often form on cold nights in the cooler months.
You‘ll need to bring warm clothing, eg base layers, sweatshirts, and jackets, as well as summer clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts.
When heading outdoors, be aware of the environment you are going into.
Although alcohol is widely consumed at social events in NZ, it is acceptable not to drink. The choice is yours, and if you choose to drink, you should do so responsibly.
In New Zealand, alcohol and tobacco smoking are legal and regulated. You have to be over 18 to purchase alcohol and tobacco, and you will need to show proof of age and photographic identification.
There are strict rules about when and where you can and cannot drink alcohol and/or smoke. Smoking is not permitted indoors and is also banned in some outdoor areas.
The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets the standards of care that education providers must provide to international students who are living and studying in New Zealand. The framework covers minimum standards, best practice and student complaint procedures.
When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, they must be well-informed, safe and properly cared
for. New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students’ welfare.
Here is an overview of the Code, and the procedures you can follow if you have concerns about your treatment by a New
Zealand educational provider or an agent of a provider. Full details can be found in the Code itself. It sets standards for
education providers to ensure that: