About Lincoln University

About Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university LincolnUniversity-dmp0966and is New Zealand’s 3rd oldest tertiary education institution. Having been founded in 1878 (140-year) as a School of Agriculture, the University has long been held in high regard for the agricultural and land-based outcomes and today flagship programmes include agriculture, agricultural science, agribusiness, horticultural, viticulture, conservation and ecology, supply chain management, bio security and bio protection, landscape architecture, environmental policy and planning, tourism, sport and recreation, science, and commerce.

The University has two residential campuses. The larger of the two is located 20-minutes south of Christchurch, in picturesque and park-like 58-hectares and provides a supportive, multi-cultural atmosphere with a student population of approximately 3500, representing over 60 different countries.

The second campus – Telford, a division of the University in Balclutha, South Otago – is where vocational sub-degree qualifications are offered in the land-based sectors, taught on the Telford Farm.


The University hosts the South Island’s only Centre of Research Excellence, the Bio-Protection Research Centre. The University has many research collaborations with industry (e.g. dairy, wine and tourism) and with other universities in New Zealand and overseas. In 2013 Lincoln University signed a significant agreement with the Euro league of Life Sciences (ELLS), as one of just three universities outside the league to have been invited to partner with ELLS to-date.

The 2012 Performance Based Research Fund results confirm that Lincoln University has the country’s highest quality of research per student and also has the highest amount of external funding for research (measured as income/staff member). The University strives to remain highly relevant to students and industry – through research collaboration, external partnerships and academic teaching. The University is rated 12th for small Universities in the World. It is an outstanding small University that delivers results.
International student John from India sharing his Experience at Lincoln University, New Zealand.


Need somewhere to live?

There are several accommodation options available to students. These include:

  • Home-stay for short term accommodation: http://www.studentcare.co.nz/
  • Shared accommodation off-campus for short or long-term stay
  • On-campus accommodations, see details below.

Within the Halls of Residence, each student has their own room.

A range of nutritional meals are provided in the catered halls, although you are able to choose to cook for yourself in the self-catered halls.

Fees are charged according to the schedule of Accommodation Fees.

Your application needs to reach Accommodation Services by December, to be assured a place.

Your Campus Accommodation Application Form (PDF, 56.1 KB) needs to be accompanied by two recent passport photos.

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