Boarding Facilities

St Andrew’s College is the only independent co-educational secondary school in the South Island offering boarding to both boys and girls. Boarders typically come to us from Mid Canterbury, North Canterbury, other areas of New Zealand and overseas. Our new state-of-the-art boarding houses were opened in 2013 and are located in the heart of the College campus. It is our family culture and spirit that makes boarding so special at St Andrew’s College. The structures and systems in place at our boarding houses uphold the best traditions while reflecting modern principles of residential care. Students are given every opportunity to thrive.

Since opening in 1917, St Andrew’s College has offered an exceptional boarding school environment with modern facilities and caring staff dedicated to creating a home away from home. St Andrew’s College has its own catering team delivering nutritious, wholesome food to boarders.

The well-being of every student is of vital importance and our vision, values and philosophy outline our commitment to each student’s personal development. Close supervision by our boarding staff ensures students live comfortably and securely, and our structured daily schedule helps to create a warm, friendly and disciplined living atmosphere. Boarding helps students to develop emotionally and socially. It fosters independence and maturity, and also develops students’ leadership skills. Academic support and a well-structured social calendar are vital aspects of life as a boarder.

The central location of the boarding houses provides students with direct after-hours access to sports facilities, the Library, Computer Suites, music practice facilities and art rooms. Our location close to Northlands Mall and central Christchurch also provides opportunities for organised social outings.


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Virtual Tours - Boarding Facilities

Use your mouse to scroll through the below virtual tours of the Thompson and Rutherford Boarding Houses. Simply drag your mouse in the direction you want to move, or to advance to the next room or further away, click on the white directional arrows centred at the bottom of the screen. 

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