Lincoln University

New Zealand

About the University

Located just outside the city of Christchurch, Lincoln University is the oldest agricultural teaching institution in the southern hemisphere having been founded in 1878. It gained university status in 1990, and now offers a range of land-based, career focused courses including engineering, agriculture and business, sport and recreation, landscape architecture and environment. 

The university provides top quality education, ratified by its accreditations from bodies such as the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), and the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). It is also a member of the ELLS (Euroleague for Life Sciences)

Lincoln University has a high graduate employability rate, and an acceptance rate of almost 80%. It currently houses around 3000 students, making it the smallest university in New Zealand. Despite the small size, almost 50% are international students.


Campus Life

Lincoln University has a large campus, typified by the number of 1800s and mid 1900s buildings that give it a classical air. However, the facilities therein are top class, with plenty of labs and lecture halls as well as social spaces.

The university also offers comfortable on-campus accommodation through its six halls of residence as well as private apartments just off campus.

Student life

Lincoln university has the well-being of the students at heart. It offers on-campus health services, counselling and student support services through which the university provides complete guidance on any student issues.

Given the small student numbers and small size of Lincoln Town, there’s a welcoming and supportive atmosphere around the university. With its status as a university town, there are lots of student friendly cafes, bars and restaurants right in town. For a more fast paced social life though, the city of Christchurch is just minutes away.


  • Allan James Hubbard - Businessman
  • Margaret Mary Barry - Politician
  • Samuel Lawrence Whitelock – Rugby player
  • Sir Bob Charles - Golfer
  • Colin Campbell - Radio and TV presenter
  • Annabel Rose Langbein – Writer 
  • Toni Street - Sports commentator and TV presenter

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