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Arcady has a long, rich history that starts with the foundation of the Hall, then-Bishop Julius in 1917. Read about 'Our Story' and what we are up to now!

History of Arcady Hall

The beginnings

Bishop Julius Hall was founded as a result of the vision of Bishop Churchill Julius, the second Anglican Bishop of Christchurch who was convinced that there was a need for a Church teaching order. It is named after him. In order that this dream of his should be realised, he gave up half his stipend for the rest of his life and moved from Bishopscourt. The Church teaching order didn’t eventuate, but, on the 23 August 1917, what was known as “The Bishop’s Hostel” came into being for young women bent on Teaching and University work.

Though the family was small (15 in 1918) certain formalities were observed. Not for Students of those early days did washing up duties or serving at tables exist. Starched white tablecloths and a maid in starched cap and apron was the background to formal dining. Leave at night was until 9 o’clock except for one night a week when extra time was allowed for attending movies or a dance.













Growth and development

In 1924 the hostel moved to 10 Cranmer Square. Here, during the depression, standards of comfort and service were somewhat different. The years of the Depression and during the Second World War saw a great shortage of domestic staff, so students became involved in cleaning, washing up, preparing meals and helping with the cooking at times. In 1974 the Hall moved to the Ilam campus close to the University. The first "guests" were Commonwealth games competitors who stayed in January 1974 for those games.

A new type of resident

Eventually, in 1993, the almost inevitable happened, when it was found impossible to fill the Hall with women. That year the Hall opened with 12 men, which increased to 15 during the year. Bishop Julius has therefore been a co-ed Hall since 1993 and there is now an even mix of female and male students. We maintain a close-knit, caring community of people where we offer much and look after those who choose to live here.

Bishop Julius Hall becomes Arcady Hall

It’s an exciting time for the Hall to move with the ever-changing landscape of residential accommodation and we have made the decision to rebrand ourselves as Arcady Hall. ‘Arcady’ or rustic paradise comes from the word Arcadia. I can’t think of a better way to describe the hall than a rustic paradise – a place that is caring, accepting and fun, with a mix of traditional and new and exciting events. Arcady is more than bricks and mortar, it’s home!

Ways to Connect

Celebrating our Alumni!

We would love to share your stories and achievements with other members of the Arcady/Bishop Julius community via our Newsletters and Facebook Groups. Please Contact Sonia Mazey, our Principal at to tell us your stories about living in the Hall, and how those experiences influenced what you did next.


We welcome donations of any value from alumni and friends of the Hall. Your generosity helps us to
support current and future students to thrive and succeed.


Donate now

Get involved with Arcady

We are keen to connect previous residents with our current students, many of whom are keen to hear first-hand about career options from those who are now experts and leaders in their chosen fields. If you would like to visit the Hall, or talk our students about something you’re passionate about, please contact us at

Register as an Alumnus

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We welcome donations of any value from alumni and friends of the Hall. Your generosity helps us to
support current and future students to thrive and succeed. We especially welcome contributions
toward the following current initiatives:


  • Arcady Hall first in Family Scholarships: Consistent with the Hall’s founding values (inclusiveness, diversity, and community), we are currently seeking donations to help fund our ‘First in Family’ entrance scholarships’ for residents, who are the first member of their immediate family to enroll in a degree level qualification.

  • Arcady Hall Alumni Scholarship: Part of moving forward includes celebrating our past. We are currently seeking donations to help fund our alumni scholarship to help strengthen our connection with alumni. 

Arcady Hall is a registered Charitable Trust (cc 29575) which means that gifts over $5 are tax
deductible for New Zealand taxpayers. All donations will be acknowledged in our Annual Report and
on our website, unless you prefer to remain anonymous.

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Bequests and Sponsorship
If you would like to make a bequest to Arcady Hall or sponsor a Hall event or activity please contact
Sonia Mazey, our Principal at

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