At College House, students benefit from collegiate living in the true sense of the word. The elected student executive arranges a comprehensive programme of social events and hall activities, enabling all students to get to know each other quickly.
There are sports contests throughout the year, including interhall competitions in athletics, swimming, tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball, netball, squash, table tennis, soccer and touch rugby. College House has won the interhall sports championship for 9 of the last 10 years and currently holds both the men’s and the women’s interhall sports shields.
There is a House bicycle race and internal competitions in squash, tennis, table tennis, pool and chess. Cricket, soccer and touch rugby matches are also keenly fought. The College regularly fields teams in local soccer, rugby, netball, basketball, waterpolo, and tennis competitions, and there is an annual ski trip and sports and cultural exchanges with Selwyn College, Dunedin.
There is a major theme party each term, an annual Ball, quiz, drama, debating, and music competitions and events. There is an annual car rally, lipsynch evening, and a wide range of other social activities. College House has won the interhall Cultural Shield since its inception. There are theatresport and debating teams and the College has a choir, bands, and many accomplished musicians. The Chaplain is available to all students and holds regular services in the Chapel.
College House retains its traditions and students wear academic gowns to dinner four nights a week during term. Formal dining enables the College to gather as a community, allowing House activities to be organised and helping students get to know each other within an extremely short time. Friendships are built alongside good conversation and much laughter.