Community study

About community study 

Our six community hubs bring a range of free and low-cost courses to neighbourhoods across the city.

You can gain a formal qualification for employment, learn the fundamentals of computing and business, or equip yourself with useful job hunting skills. We allow you to do all this at your own pace, in a friendly environment with the support of experienced tutors.

Take the next step at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Locations and opening hours

Our sites are conveniently located for easy access. Computing for Free classrooms operate at each of the sites below.

Opening hours and session times vary depending on location, see timetables:

Christchurch City

Address Timetables
Christchurch - Madras Street Campus.

January 25 - July 25 2016, Class times (PDF:0.1MB)


Address Timetables
Bishopdale Mall, Harewood Road.

11 July  - 24 July 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)


Address Timetables
Clock Tower Centre, Building 1,
1 Brynley Street, Hornby

25 January - 8 July 2016, Class times (PDF:0.1MB)

New Brighton

Address Timetables
Corner Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue

25 January - 25 July 2016 , Class times (PDF:0.1MB)


Address Timetables
14 Ashley Street, Rangiora

Semester 1: January 11 - 8 July 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)


Address Timetables
Timaru Campus, 32 Arthur St, Timaru

Semester 2: 25 July - 13 December 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)


Address Timetables
37 Alford Forest Road, Allenton, Ashburton

Semester 2: October 10 - 13 December 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)


Address Timetables
44 Humber Street, Oamaru

Semester 2: October 17 - 13 December 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)

How to apply

To get started on a Computing for Free course:

Choose the course or programme you'd like to do, then drop in to your chosen location to enrol and book your first class.

Note: please remember to take your passport or birth certificate with you (also marriage certificate, if your name has changed) so we can enrol you straight away. 

Terms and conditions

Opening hours and class times are subject to change. Students will be notified during class time of any changes in advance.

You must be 16 years or older and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Class numbers are limited so enrolment bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.

Getting started

It's easy. Choose the course you'd like to do, then drop into one of our community hubs to enrol in your first class or phone us on 0800 24 24 76 for more information.