As various plans are proposed for the rebuild of Christchurch, there is a push from some sectors to move the University of Canterbury back into the central city.
Now I don’t know about you, but I have always found central city universities such as Auckland and Otago to be quite frustrating. It’s hard to find parking, when you do find it it is expensive and when walking around these universities I find it difficult to find where things are and where the university begins and ends.
I much prefer suburban universities. Massey, Canterbury and Lincoln are my favourite uinversities. They are green, spacious, and the parking is usually quite reasonable in availability and cost.
I suspect this push is coming from central city business owners who see students as a potential source of income. Though I wonder if they would be the same people who jump up and down and complain about drunken students?
It appears that the Vice Chancellor of Canterbury also agrees with me, for a lot of other good reasons. The current University of Canterbury has some excellent resources including a recently completed $32 million dollar biological sciences building. The campus still has plenty of room to develop if it needs to, and there is plenty of accommodation for students nearby.
The rebuild of Christchurch is a chance to innovate and engage in some forward thinking. Moving the university back to the central city is going backwards not forwards.