Ngā akoranga mō te hapori Community study

About community study 

Our six community hubs bring a range of free and low-cost courses to neighbourhoods across the Canterbury region. Our sites are conveniently located for easy access.

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 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 below:

Our opening hours are different from 8 January to 28 January; please see these below.

Christchurch City

O Block, 0102, Madras Street, City Campus

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (open all day – no lunch break)

Bishopdale

Situated in the centre of Bishopdale Mall

Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm and then 12:30pm to 3pm (closed for 30 minutes at lunch time)

Tuesday 6pm to 8pm

Hornby

1 Brynley Street, Hornby

Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm and then 12:30pm to 2:30pm (closed for 30 minutes at lunch time)

Thursday 6pm to 8pm

New Brighton

Cnr of Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue, New Brighton

Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm and then 12:30pm to 2:30pm (closed for 30 minutes at lunch time)

Thursday 6pm to 8pm

Rangiora

14 Ashley Street, Rangiora

Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm and then 12:30pm to 2:30pm (closed for 30 minutes at lunch time)

Tuesday 6pm to 8pm

Timaru

G103, Theodosia Street, Timaru

Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm and then 12:30pm to 3:00pm (closed for 30 minutes at lunch time)

How to apply

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.