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.

Computing for Free locations are closed on statutory holidays, Easter Tuesday, and from 13 December 2017 to 8 January 2018.

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

Christchurch City

Ara City, Computing for Free
O Block, O102, Madras Street

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class Class Class Class Class Class from 9am - 11am
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class Class from 11am - 1pm
1pm - 3pm Class Class Class Class Class  
3pm - 5pm Class   Class    
6pm - 8pm Class Class     

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Monday and Tuesday we are closed between 5pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

Bishopdale

Ara Bishopdale, Computing for Free
Situated in the centre of Bishopdale Mall

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class Class Class Class Class Class from 9am - 11am
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class  
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class  
3pm - 5pm Enquiries Class Enquiries Class   
6pm - 8pm   Class   Class   

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Thursday we are closed between 5pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

Bishopdale Holiday hours

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class   Class    Class from 9am - 11am
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class  
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class  
3pm - 5pm Enquiries Class Enquiries Class   
6pm - 8pm   Class   Class   

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Thursday we are closed between 5pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

Hornby

Ara Hornby, Computing for Free
1 Brynley Street, Hornby

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class Class Class Enquiries from 9am Enquiries from 9am  
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class Class
1pm - 3pm Class Class Class Class Class  
3pm - 4pm Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries   
6pm - 8pm   Class   Class   

We are closed between 12pm and 1pm each weekday. On  Tuesday and Thursday we are closed between 4pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

New Brighton

Ara New Brighton, Computing for Free
Cnr of Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue, New Brighton

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class Enquiries from 9am Class Enquiries from 9am Class  
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class Class
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class  
6pm - 8pm   Class   Class   

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Thursday we are closed between 3pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

Rangiora

Ara Rangiora, Computing for Free
14 Ashley Street, Rangiora

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am - 10am Class Enquiries from 9am Class Enquiries from 9am Class
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class
6pm - 8pm   Class*   Class*  

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Thursday we are closed between 2:30pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

* From 1 May to 9 June evening classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Timaru

Ara Timaru, Computing for Free
G103, Theodosia Street, Timaru

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9am - 10am Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries  
10am - 12pm Class Class Class Class Class Class
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class  
6pm - 8pm   Class Class    

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Wednesday we are closed between 2:30pm and 6pm before our evening classes.

Ashburton

Ara Ashburton, Computing for Free
37 Alford Forest Road, Allenton, Ashburton

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am - 10am Class     
10am - 12pm Class     Class
1pm  - 3pm   Class Class    
3pm - 5pm Class Class ClassClass Class  
6pm - 8pm Class Class Class Class  

We are closed between 12pm and 1pm, 2.30pm and 3pm and 5pm to 6pm each weekday.

Oamaru

Ara Oamaru, Computing for Free
44 Humber Street, Oamaru

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am - 12pm Class   Class   Class
12:30pm - 2:30pm Class Class Class Class Class
6pm - 8pm ClassClass   

We are closed between 12pm and 12:30pm and 4:30pm and 6:00pm each weekday.

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.