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Welcome To Rochester and Rutherford Hall.

Hall News

Semester One 2014 is complete.  Our students managed to score a grade point average of 5.79 across the hall, which is up from 5.68 in 2013, 4.52 in 2012 and 5.97 in 2011.  Special congratulations to our merit and distinction award winners – names available in the page titled ‘other information’.

We recently hosted a wine and cheese night for residents from 2013 and 2014 to mingle – it was a great evening.  A few pictures are available to view on our facebook page.

For those students currently applying to R&R for accommodation in 2015 – thank you for your applications we appreciate you choosing us.  It is a busy time for us, but we enjoy reading the applications.  If you have specific questions regarding the application process either email Student Support Services at the University of Canterbury or email Stephen Kissick our principal.


Rochester and Rutherford is a Hall of Residence associated with the University of Canterbury. It provides accommodation for 178 men and women, both undergraduates and graduates, in a collegiate setting.

The Hall prides itself on its food, facilities, community life and academic achievement.

There are three residential houses – Fisher, More and Wilson - plus the adjacent Ashby building, which contains the dining hall, common rooms and chapel. There are also tutorial, music and computer rooms within the Hall.

The buildings are set in 1.25 hectares of attractive park-like surroundings with space for outdoor recreation as well as quiet spots.

Why choose Us?
  • Great people & food
  • Strong academic pass rate
  • Top service and competitive fees
  • Closest Hall to the University
  • Fees charged for the university year (term time) only
  • No retainer for university vacations
  • Active student body
  • One of the top 2% of universities worldwide


“Rochester and Rutherford Hall aims to provide a home away from home for young people so that they can achieve their academic potential and grow in their social, sporting and cultural endeavours. There is a mix of tradition and activities are encouraged so that students grow in their own decision making as young people. The resident tutors provide excellent support and mentoring for the students.”

Stephen Kissick – Principal

“R and R is a hall of opportunities, living and learning with people from all over NZ. It is easy to get to know the other students, on your floor, in your house and in the hall because of the size and structure. Life-long friends are easily made here. R and R has a Student Executive to organise social, sporting and cultural events at the hall. Your year is whatever you want it to be.”

Rachelle Baker and Jordyn Moir-Former Co-Presidents of Rochester and Rutherford Hall-2008

How to Apply

For information on how to apply and the application process, contact the Accommodation Office:
Telephone: +64 3 364 2959
Facsimile: +64 3 364 2940
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University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

More Information

Rochester and Rutherford Hall
Telephone: +64 3 364 2799
Facsimile: +64 3 364 2953

77 Ilam Road, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

We look forward to seeing you at R&R – the place to be!

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