The hottest Orientation festival in Australasia! The UCSA O-Week brings some serious heat. 

The UCSA brings you epic events, huge international artists, and heaps of awesome activities to start your year off right!

Check out our range of events below...

TOGA Party

“Toooga! Toooga! Toooga!” Boys and girls, no, it’s not a myth... it’s the event you never knew you needed in your life! Toga is the UCSA’s way of saying welcome to the University of Canterbury. We work in strange ways here. So rip off your next door neighbour's sheets, grab some leaves out of the bush and get your toga on!

Mardi Gras

The New Orleans Mardi Gras takes over Ilam Fields! This is one of the UCSA’s most iconic events, with 3000 students, two stages, 10,000 beads and enough lights to make the sun go in hiding!


Do you like lasers, foam more lasers and some foam?! If you answered yes to all, or even one of these things then you may as well start lining up now! FoamO is an all ages event at The Foundry Bar where we are ruining the decor with a serious amount of Foam! 

Hypnotist on the Lawn

Blankets, food trucks, bean bags and a Hypnotist...need we say more? This all ages event takes place on Ilam fields and promises to bring you a night of laughter.

Lunch on the Lawn

The UCSA loves to give away free food! We know its winter, but who can say no to a BBQ right? Follow the smell of BBQ goodness to C Block lawn and grab a sausage or two on us!

Kia Ora, Bro!

An evening of outdoor fun with a range of traditional Maori food and we will show a movie. All taking place on the Te Ao Mārama lawn.

Dovedale Do

To kick off the year at University of Canterbury we host a free BBQ over at Dovedale campus from 12pm - 2pm with free stuff, games and music.

Clubs Day 

With two days full of Clubs fun and over 120 clubs we've got heaps of new mates to share your favourite past time with. Most are free and if not they're usually cheap as chips!

Post Grad Welcome 

We takeover Okeover Lawn for BBQ lunch and drink, music & outdoor games.

Summer Start Up

This event will provide a wellbeing service in a fun and engaging way. Ensuring that students start off on the right foot and are aware of all the UC and community services that enhance wellness.