Ara Student Life

A page for Ara students, run by students and the Student Life Team. This page is for everyone. Anyone can post! THIS IS NOT A BUY/SELL/SWAP PAGE

Keep in the know of all the events, updates, information, excitement, and happenings across all our Ara campuses. However:
All posts must revolve around events happening at Ara campuses or surrounding areas. They must not be discriminating or of an offensive nature. All posts will be approved by admin before being published (this may be later then when you originally post so get in early)

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Men's Health Week is coming close...

🏃‍♂️ Men's Health Week at Ara! 🏃‍♂️
📅 June 10-16

Join us for a fresh cut and some fitness!
Don't miss out! Let's boost our health and have a blast.

Sign up for the fitness class in our Linktree.

See you there! 🙌


Join the Ara Social Group every Wednesday from 3pm in the Student Lounge!

See you there :)

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 28/05/2024

JOIN NOW - the student Strava Challenge, Piki I Tō Maunga for the month of June! 🚶

🎁 Prizes Drawn Month Long!!!

Stay active during the cold month with this exciting challenge focused on climbing a maunga by accumulating steps through stairs, walking up inclines, or any other form of incline activity.

🔗 STRAVA link in our linktree

Gather your friends and participate all month long!


Taryn, your Te Kaiwhakamanu (Māori Voice Advisor) is coming to your campus, find out when...

This will be a roadshow of all Departments to connect with ākonga Māori and give feedback on how all things Ara are going!

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 20/05/2024

🎉 Happy Youth Week! 🎉

If you're 24 or under, join the community in celebrating with exciting events this week! 🌟

Find out more via our Linktree

He ara mō nga Rangatira Āpōpō: Weaving pathways for leaders of tomorrow
🔗 Zoom Link: found in our Linktree
📲 Meeting ID: 860 5297 0734
🔑 Passcode: 210524

Let's build the future together! 💪✨

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 12/05/2024

We were so excited for Pink Shirt Day that we decided to make it a week. there will be barber cuts, massages, a quiz, freebies and more!

Come and join us in the fun! 🦩

Traditionally celebrated on Friday 17th May to promote awareness and engaging activations around anti-bullying and the importance of inclusivity and embracing diversity.

Lets share the pink aroha together 🩷


Have you got your hands on the latest Waha Kōrero yet!?

Written by students, for students, it's packed with must-reads like:

🍁 Beginner's guide to student cooking
🍁 The do's and don'ts of op shopping
🍁 Insider's look at what's coming up in Christchurch!

Grab the latest copy or view it here:


Calling ALL Ara Nurses and Midwives, its time to celebrate you.

To Celebrate International Nurses Day (May 12th), and International Midwives Day (May 5th), we are bringing FREE Posh Porridge to Manawa for your Thursday breakfast feed.

Serving from 8am, with GF, DF, and Vegan options on offer - come on down and celebrate!

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 06/05/2024

🎉 Celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week with us! 🤟 Join our fun beginner's session to learn some NZSL basics.

🗓️ Date: Thursday, May 9th
🕛 Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
📍 Location: L233, Madras St Campus
Head up the stairs to the right of the Library and turn left.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or just want to brush up on your skills, this is the perfect opportunity to dive into the beautiful world of sign language. See you there!

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 05/05/2024

It's New Zealand Sign Language Week!🧏

Take on the challenge and embrace one of our official languages by trying to order your hot drink in sign and get it for free!*

👉 Swipe to see when we're giving out free hot drinks on your campus.

🔗 Check out our Linktree to start learning what to sign!

*includes one regular sized coffee, chai and hot chocolate with any type of milk per person. Does not include large sizes, extra shots/syrups, or iced drinks


Discounted Vege Boxes On-Campus!!! 🥦

Book your Vege box and collect them on Wednesdays, or stop by to learn more about them 🍆🍅
📍 Rakaia Centre
📅 From Wednesday, 8th May
🕗 12pm - 1pm

Sign up by filling in the form in our Linktree or visiting Ala on-campus.


🌟🌙 Celebrate Eid ul Fitr with us! 🌙🌟

Join us for a special Eid breakfast, to cherish and share with friends! 🍽️✨

📅 Date: Tuesday, 30th April
🕗 Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
📍 Location: Student Lounge, Ara Madras Campus

Come along to enjoy a delicious and FREE breakfast spread and the company of your peers as we mark the end of Ramadan with joy and community spirit. Everyone is welcome!

See you all there :)


🎨Calling all creatives!🌟

📸 Whether it's your brushstrokes, camera clicks, digital designs, makeup looks, or something else entirely, we want to showcase your masterpiece in the Waha Kōrero student mag!

🖼️ Submit your creations to [email protected] by April 25th to go in the draw, don't forget to include your name and program of study!

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 07/04/2024

Mōrena all!

Hope you're surviving this study period, to help you through here are our 'Stress Less' events happening on campus!

See you there xo

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 24/03/2024

Join the Ara Egg Hunt 🐰

Easter is just around the corner, so in anticipation we are having egg hunts across our three Christchurch Campuses + Timaru campus this week!

How to play: Find an egg token hidden around your campus and redeem it for chocolate at the allocated redemption spot. 🍫🥚

Collect your eggs before we eat them all! 😋


🚨 Don't forget your most important campus contact! They're available round the clock to assist with your safety or to alert if you spot something that doesn't seem right. 🤔

Save Ara Campus Security's number to your contacts now 📲
Madras & Woolston - 027 540 8076
Southern Campuses - 027 459 7899



Calling all rainbows & allies! Dive into fun at our Pride Week Condom Packing Party!

Free food, support, & the coolest crowd in town. Don’t miss out!

🗓: Thursday, 21st March
📍: Student Lounge, Madras Campus
⏰: 12pm - 1pm

See you there!!!


Interested in joining a group or club? Check them out on MyAra

Join our NEW Ara Chess Club! ♟
Thursday, every fortnight starting on 21st March
W212, Madras Campus

Head to our Linktree for more information.

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 18/03/2024

Celebrate Neurodiversity here at Ara! 🧠✨

This is the week to educate, challenge stereotypes, and advocate for inclusive spaces where everyone's differences are valued.

Remember the supports available to you on campus, check-in with Disability Services if you are struggling.

Join the Disability Services Advisors this Friday
📍 Location: Just outside the library
🕛 Time: 12 PM - 1 PM, Friday, March 22nd

Enjoy party snacks, fidget toys, and a vibrant atmosphere as we close International Neurodiversity Celebration Week.

Prefer a quiet hello? Wave to us from afar, and we'll come to you! 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

Let's honor our diverse minds together. See you there! 🌈

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 12/03/2024

🌙✨ Welcoming Ramadan! Embrace this time of reflection and unity. Remember, on-site prayer rooms are open for you. Wishing all a blessed Ramadan. 🕌💖

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 04/03/2024

🌈 The Christchurch Pride Festival is coming up, and Ara's Rainbow Action Network encourages you to get involved, whether you're a member or an ally! 🏳️‍🌈

🚶‍♂️ Walk with us on March 14th, 5:10 PM at Colombo St and Cashel Mall for Christchurch Pride Festival's annual Walk for Support.

💪 Pop along to Les Mills free 45min intro classes hosted by Moana Vā and Christchurch Pride. Vui Suli would love to see some Ara whānau there!

🧐Keep an eye out for more events coming up for the Christchurch Pride Festival, and if you have any questions, email [email protected]. 📧



Pop along to the Student Lounge between 12pm-1pm today to listen to some live music while you treat yourself to some free Ben and Jerry's ice cream. 🥳


🩸 Blood Donation Drive: Wed, 6th March 🩸

We're hosting a blood donation event on campus, Wednesday, March 6th, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Te Puna Wanaka, Ara.

Your donation can save lives. Join us to make an impact.

🔗 For a smoother experience, book in advance through the link in our linktree


Pop into the Student Lounge today at 11:30 for the Supports Carnival!

You'll find stalls set up for both internal and external services that might be helpful during your time at Ara.

There are also lots of giveaways, snacks and an inflatable gladiator duel. We'll see you soon! 🤩


Do you love being in front of a camera?
Have you got star qualities?

If so, we’ve got just the job for you! We’re looking for three confident, charismatic Ara students to work as presenters on our student news and entertainment videos during 2024. Whether your talent is polished or raw, we want to see it!

Head to MyAra for all the details including video audition information.

Photos from Ara Student Life's post 18/02/2024

whether you have just got here or been here a while, its time to celebrate you

swipe to see the FRESHIES events coming up on your campus!

Cant wait to see you there 🥳


We get it, StudyLink can be a minefield! 🤔

Pop into Student Support between 10am-3pm on the next 3 Tuesdays to talk to a rep from StudyLink who can walk through each step with you and answer all your questions.

StudyLink can help you with things such as student allowance, student loan, living costs, course related costs and limited full-time study (and more). 🤑


"I didn't know this was on!" was our biggest feedback last year.
SO make sure you and your pals are following us so you don't miss out on events and giveaways here at Ara.

To get more of you to follow we're doing a giveaway!
Like this post. Tag a mate below. And if you're both following us you might win a care package worth over $70!

Never miss a free coffee hour again!


Haere mai to all our new and returning ākonga!

Make sure you're checking out our Ara Student Life socials to keep up to date with events, giveaways (did someone say free food?!), and just general tips, tricks and updates while you're studying here 😎

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Our Story - Ara Student Plugin.

‘Ara Student Plugin’ was started in 2015 after students identified a need for a communication channel centred around student community at Ara to ‘inform, connect and assist’ students finding out about events and student life on campus.

We are a student run page and aim to provide information about student events and activities via the weekly planner, student groups, workshops and things in the regions of interest to students. We create and upload series of #AraHacks videos and share midweek motivational quotes and relevant social media content for students to breeze through their studies and life while at Ara. There are also monthly competitions - we love free stuff.

To upload/share any student relevant activities and content in this page, email us at [email protected] or message the page.


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It's Transgender Awareness Week 🏳️‍⚧️ And what better time to send out a reminder that here at Ara | Te Pūkenga we proud...
🇼🇸 That's a wrap on Samoan Language Week 🇼🇸Big ups to @pacificislandstudentsofara who welcomed and opened the week for u...
Introducing our new series: A Day In The Life of an Ara Student!! This is me, the face behind this account! I'm in my se...
The Bakery students had the Pantry fully stocked with yummies this morning. Can confirm the fruit tart was 11/10 🙌😋🍰
#FRESHIES ⚡ on your FRI-YAY! 🥳📣 Head on over to the Whareora Sports Courts in W Block on Madras Campus NOW for some BUMP...
Term 2 is over, and Semester 1 is officially DONE! 🥳💃Congrats for making it through a challenging and unexpected wee fir...
📣 Bakery Student TAKEOVER at The Pantry TODAY! 📣Grab yourself a baker's delight at The Pantry on Madras Campus today! 😍W...
Who loves free cookies with their cuppa? YOU DO! 🍪☕️The Pantry on Madras Campus are doing a FREE 👌 cookie with any hot b...
☕️ Did someone say $2.50 coffee?!? ☕️We have the Level 3 Café Barista students running The Pantry today pop over to The ...
Today is a day of HEALTH for us here at Ara!The New Zealand Blood Service are doing a donation drive TODAY at our Te Pun...
Ohh yeah! #freshiesfortnight is BACK for this week 😍😍Come and see your Student Life Team + Strudent Ambassaors at lunch ...



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