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 - Madras Street Campus.|
January 25 - July 25 2016, Class times (PDF:0.1MB)
|Bishopdale Mall, Harewood Road.|
11 July - 24 July 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)
Clock Tower Centre, Building 1,|
1 Brynley Street, Hornby
25 January - 8 July 2016, Class times (PDF:0.1MB)
|Corner Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue|
25 January - 25 July 2016 , Class times (PDF:0.1MB)
|14 Ashley Street, Rangiora|
Semester 1: January 11 - 8 July 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)
|Timaru Campus, 32 Arthur St, Timaru|
Semester 2: 25 July - 13 December 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)
37 Alford Forest Road, Allenton, Ashburton
Semester 2: October 10 - 13 December 2016, Class times (PDF: 0.1MB)
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.
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.