About the University of Canterbury Club

The University of Canterbury Club (UCC) is a friendly and welcoming social club located across the road from the University of Canterbury at the iconic and beautiful Ilam Homestead.

We welcome you to come in an enjoy the good company and ambiance of the Homestead, or relax in the peaceful garden with a locally brewed craft beer or delicious New Zealand wine.

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How to Join

Membership is open to all current and retired UC staff, postgraduate students, UC Alumni, Erskine visitors and people associated with the University of Canterbury.

You're welcome to visit UCC as a guest before you join, you'll just need to be signed in by a current member. Don't worry if you don't know anyone though, our friendly bar manager Jamie will be happy to sort you out!

Click 'Join the Club' to join and enjoy a free drink on your first visit.


Benefits for Members

As a member of UCC you'll have exclusive access to the beautiful Ilam Homestead and lawns during club hours, where you can enjoy our wide and ever-changing selection of locally and nationally brewed craft beers.

Every month you can join the UCC family for our members only barbecues.  Kids love playing in the gardens surrounding the Homestead, so feel free to bring them along!

We hold regular beer tastings and quiz nights, and throw a Christmas party for members and their families every year.

You'll also have access to member only discounts on South Island Beer Festival tickets and venue hire for the Ilam Homestead.

UCC has reciprocal membership with a number of similar clubs in New Zealand and overseas including the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Club in London.

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Membership Rates 

Current UC staff $130/yr

Alumnus/Alumna $130/yr

Retired $65/yr 

Postgraduate Student $65/yr

Club Hours 

Monday to Thursday 4-7pm

Friday 4-9pm


Upcoming Events

  • download 23 February 2018 - Start of Term BBQ
    It is time for another UCC BBQ to kick off term one! Join us for some tasty food and refreshing beverages cooked loving by your committee. [read more...]

  • 12669478 1266108810069377 619075047101039454 n 24 February 2018 - Alumni Picnic
    The University of Canterbury Alumni & UC Foundation would like to invite you to our alumni picnic at Ilam Homestead. Come along and join fellow alumni for a relaxing morning, bring your picnic mat, and something to eat, we will provide a sausage sizzle and some snacks. Bring a friend, or bring your family. [read more...]

  • Graphic annual general meeting 1.c1b1c3598da2b6a20e7246620bd90431 19 March 2018 - Annual General Meeting
    Have your say! The Annual General Meeting of Members of The University of Canterbury Club Inc. The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting will be conveyed to members not later than Monday 5 March 2017. [read more...]

  • 26994002 139690323392843 7149532747325941032 n3 24 March 2018 - GINdulgence
    Welcome to GINdulgence, New Zealand's first and only single site Gin Festival! The festival features a line-up of New Zealand's leading gin producers along with international craft gins, gin tastings, live gin discussions, a range of Christchurch's favourite food vendors and live music throughout the day. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and try some of the best gin NZ has to offer. [read more...]

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