University Of Canterbury Dentist

UCSA Dental is a subsidised dental scheme available to UC students. We are able to assist students with accessing quality, affordable, basic dental treatment. We are a routine clinic and unfortunately we are not equipped to handle dental emergencies.

What services do we provide?

Students will be allowed one check-up appointment, six individual tooth treatments, and any required hygiene appointments in an academic year.

We provide:

  • Check-ups (including intra oral x-rays)
  • Hygiene Services
  • Basic Fillings (materials used in fillings will be Equia, Fuji 2 or Composite, which are all white filling materials)
  • Simple Extractions (with no sedation)
  • Simple Wisdom Teeth Extractions (where possible, with no sedation)

Please note:

  • The clinic is not equipped with a recovery room or the necessary equipment to provide sedation, therefore surgical wisdom teeth removal can only be performed when local anaesthetic is appropriate.
  • Please be aware we are not able to process ACC Claims. We are not able to perform root canals, bridges, crowns, or teeth whitening. We are not able to repair broken ortho wires or make mouth guards.
  • If you have any questions about the materials used in the provision of our service, please discuss this with our dentist during your appointment.



8:30am – 5:00pm


4:30pm – 8:00pm


4:30pm – 8:00pm


4:30pm – 8:00pm


8:30am – 5:00pm

he clinic operates from February to November and is closed on public holidays.

Please note the Dental Coordinator’s office hours differ to the clinic hours. Please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

What to know before you book:

You must check your eligibility: 

  • You must be a current, fully enrolled University of Canterbury Student (We check students’ enrolments).
  • You are no longer enrolled as a student when you receive your grades for your courses/thesis.
  • Your appointment has to be within the semester that you are enrolled in.
  • We can see both part-time students and full-time students.
  • We are limited to certain dental treatments so please check our services listed below before booking.
  • Please note there is a maximum patient weight limit for the dental chair and this is 135 kgs.

You need your NHI Number:

You must enter your NHI number before your online booking can be completed. This is your National Health Index Number. Please attempt to locate your NHI number from your baby book, prescriptions, or family doctor before calling the UC Health Centre.

NHI numbers are required for international students. If you have not been allocated with an NHI number, please visit the UC Health Centre in person with your passport to apply for an NHI.