Ngā akoranga mō te hapori Community study

About community study

Our seven 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.

Click here to explore the range of courses and programmes available.

Take the next step at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Locations and opening hours

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

Christchurch City

Ara City
X104 (Atrium), Madras Street

ARA Connect City campus is closed until further notice.

Bishopdale

Ara Bishopdale

Situated in the centre of Bishopdale Mall

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 9am-12pm ClassClassClassClassClassClass
12:30pm-3pm ClassClassClassClassClass 
3pm - 5pm Enquiries Class Class  
       

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

Hornby

Ara Hornby
1 Brynley Street, Hornby

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9am - 12pm ClassClassClassClassClass 10 am- 12 pm
Class
12:30pm - 3pm ClassClassClassClassClass
3pm - 4pm Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries Enquiries  
6pm - 8pm  Class Class  

We are closed between 12 pm and 12:30 pm each weekday. On Tuesday and Thursday, we are closed between 4 pm and 6 pm before our evening classes.

New Brighton

Ara New Brighton
Cnr of Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue, New Brighton

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9am - 12pm ClassClassClassClassClass 
12:30pm - 3:00pm ClassClassClassClassClass
6pm - 8pm Class Class  

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

Rangiora

Ara Rangiora
14 Ashley Street, Rangiora

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am - 12pm ClassClassClassClassClass
12:30pm - 3:00pm ClassClassClassClassClass
6pm - 8pm  Class Class 

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

Timaru

Ara Timaru
G103, Theodosia Street, Timaru

Times and days Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9am - 12pm Class 10 am start
Class
Class 10 am start
Class

Class
 
12:30pm - 3pm ClassClassClassClassClass 
3pm-4pm   Branch closes at 3pm 

We are closed between 12 pm and 12:30 pm each weekday. We are closed between 3 pm and 4 pm.

Oamaru

Ara Oamaru
44  Humber Street

ARA Connect Oamaru campus is closed until further notice.

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.