The public University of Canterbury was established in 1873. It was first located in Christchurch Central City but now moved to Ilam, a suburb away from the center of the city. After the University of Otago, Canterbury became the second university to provide with tertiary level education in New Zealand.
The university offers courses in Commerce, Engineering, Arts, Education, Fine Arts, and many others. The University has above 15,500 students and an academic staff of 715. It has the most number of field stations and each of its libraries is dedicated to specific subjects.