Lincoln University

Lincoln, New Zealand
Website: Founded: 1878 year Type of University:Public 601–800 place StudyQA ranking: 1858 pts. No. Students: 4000 Languages: English Phone: +6434230000
Colombo Hall (Lincoln, New Zealand) Hudson Hall (Lincoln, New Zealand) Lowrie Hall (Lincoln, New Zealand) Stevens Hall (Lincoln, New Zealand) Centennial Hall (Lincoln, New Zealand)
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Lincoln University (Māori: Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki) is a New Zealand university that was formed in 1990 when Lincoln College, Canterbury was made independent of the University of Canterbury. Its undergraduate study areas include agriculture, commerce,computing, engineering, environment, food, forestry, horticultur,hospitality, landscape, Māori planning, property, recreation,sciences, transport and winemaking.

Lincoln University has a student population from more than 60 countries. Its primary campus is situated on 50 hectares (123 acres) of land located about 15 km (9 mi) outside the city of Christchurch in Lincoln, Canterbury.

  • Faculty of Environment, Society and Design

    The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design teaches a wide range of disciplines from environmental management, applied computing to landscape architecture and tourism.

    The Faculty’s role is to support and enable communities in New Zealand and internationally to meet the environmental, social and political changes of the 21st century.

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides the foundation of knowledge for land-based, sustainable production.

    The Faculty is focused on improving productivity in the agricultural sector, while ensuring the environment is protected.

    Faculty staff are involved in a large number of academic programmes from undergraduate certificates and diplomas, through undergraduate degrees to postgraduate programmes.

Lincoln University began life in 1878 as a School of Agriculture. From 1896 to 1961 it served students under the name "Canterbury Agricultural College", and offered qualifications of the University of New Zealand until that institution's demise. From 1961 to 1990, it was known as Lincoln College, a constituent college of the University of Canterbury, until achieving autonomy in 1990 as Lincoln University. It is the oldest agricultural teaching institution in the Southern Hemisphere. It remains the smallest university in New Zealand and one of the 8 government universities.

Earthquake damage to Lincoln University, sustained in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

In March 2009 AgResearch announced that it planned to merge with Lincoln University, an idea that was later scaled back to "sharing of knowledge".

On 18 November 2010, after a period of consultation, it was confirmed that a merger between Lincoln University and Telford Rural Polytechnic would go ahead, with the merger taking effect on 1 January 2011.

On 18 June 2013, a new blue-print for the Selwyn campus was announced which included the "Lincoln Hub" concept previously announced by the Government on 29 April 2013.

For 2015/16 Lincoln's ranking is 373, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Lincoln also has QS Five Stars rating. Lincoln ranks in the top 100 in the field of agriculture and forestry.

Reinforcing our international standing, Lincoln is a partner member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and the Global Challenges University Alliance.

Accommodation fees

Catered halls (Colombo, Lowrie, Hudson, Stevens and Southland) 
Your fees will be a total of NZD $12,395.00 for 37 weeks (excluding the NZD$400 contingency fee and $75 application fee).

Semi-catered halls (Centennial only) 
Your fees will be a total of NZD $9,620.00 for 37 weeks (excluding the NZD$400 contingency fee and $75 application fee). This fee includes dinner and bed only.

Self-catered flats (Crescent and Farm Road flats) 
Fees will be a total of NZD $7,215.00 (excluding the NZD$400 contingency fee and $75 application fee).

Other fees

These are some of the things you may like to consider when budgeting. The prices quoted below are subject to change.

Textbooks: This will depend on what course you are taking, but allow up to NZ$1,000 for course related costs.
Bus trips: NZ$3.10 one way or NZ$2.30 from Lincoln to Christchurch with a Metrocard.
Recreation center: NZ$112.00 for a full-year membership, or NZ$87.00 per semester.
Dining hall: You can get a large hot meal for NZ$7.00 or a small meal for NZ$4.50.
Interisland Ferry: Between NZ$65.00 and NZ$75.00 (passenger fare only and one way).

Student Discounts

Student discounts There are a range of shops, movie theatres and transport operators that offer student discounts. If you are unsure if a student discount may apply, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the business you are purchasing from has a student discount.


Transport in Lincoln is generally modern, friendly and affordable. Lincoln public transport options may include buses, taxis, trains, flights or ferries. Alternatively hire a rental car, motorbike or motorhome.

There is a regular bus service from the city to the campus. If you would like to save on the cost of travelling, we suggest to apply for a Metrocard. Using this card frequently during the week qualifies students for free weekend travel. 

There is plenty of free car parking on campus. If you wish to use your own vehicle, you must register it at the main reception desk in the George Forbes Memorial Building. You will then be given a parking permit to display on the bottom left-hand corner of the front windscreen. 

Lincoln University Students' Association (LUSA)

LUSA is the Lincoln University Students' Association, which represents the common and collective concerns of students at Lincoln University. The Association has a long history. It has been around since 1919, and is made up of an elected Student Board, and staff. The Board set the direction of the Association, and the Staff put that into action. 

LUSA provides a voice for Lincoln students that is independent from the University. We look after the rights of students, and make sure Lincoln University does the same.


  • Representation
  • Student advice and support
  • Events
  • Clubs
  • Media and Publications
  • International Student Support

At Lincoln we have students from around 60 different countries on campus, and we're committed to ensuring a supportive, rewarding environment for all.

The International Services team assists both staff and students, either studying or working internationally, with a variety of services. Many of the services are performed by the Student Administration team, such as processing enrolment applications or helping with student visas.

The International Student Advisor can help you with any issue or concern you might have. It doesn’t matter if it’s educational, personal, legal, social, cultural or financial.

Recreation Centre

While at Lincoln the Recreation Centre will be your local gym, health and fitness and athletic strength and conditioning centre.

Not only does it cater for students, it is open to all lifestyles with wellness programs for pre-school, seniors and teenagers.

Their services and facilities include group exercise and yoga classes, squash and tennis courts, competitive and social sports and coaching of basketball, netball, rowing and rugby, massage therapy, ACC rehabilitation and team building.

Living on Campus

Every year around 600 students enjoy the experience of living on campus alongside students from around New Zealand and overseas, most of them making friends for life. Find an option that suits you.

You can choose to live in a fully-catered, semi-catered or self-catered dormitory. Fully-catered rooms are fully furnished with shared laundry and bathroom facilities. In a self-catered dormitory you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Our qualifications (and research) are addressing the global challenges of Feed the World, Protect the Future, Live Well. Whatever level our students are studying at – they are making a contribution to one or more of these ‘causes’. 

To answer, why take the degree at Lincoln University rather than somewhere else: the way we teach is different. We teach our students to think and do. There is practical work in the majority of our programmes. But students also need to be able to think so their high school analytical skills are taken to the next level and they are challenged – in the theory and the practical.

Added value at Lincoln University comes from such elements as a closer relationship with teaching staff so students can learn from their example/ experience; and practical work so students can also learn from those working in the industry (plus guest lecturers to talk about industry case studies). Lincoln University has close relationships with industry so employment prospects are good – we are proud of our reputation with industry, and we have a global network of alumni who are very loyal to other LU grads. Added value also comes from LINC courses, an understanding of the part graduates can play in the world as well as getting themselves a good career. 

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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 3.47 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 15.5 k / Year(s)
601–800 place StudyQA ranking: 1201 You need IELTS certificate
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 3.47 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 15.5 k / Year(s)
601–800 place StudyQA ranking: 1129 You need IELTS certificate
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Local:$ 6.13 k / 18 Month(s) Foreign:$ 24.8 k / 18 Month(s)
601–800 place StudyQA ranking: 2808 You need IELTS certificate
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 4.27 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 19.2 k / Year(s)
601–800 place StudyQA ranking: 2513 You need IELTS certificate