Ilam is an attractive, leafy residential suburb that has been home to the University of Canterbury since 1974, when it shifted from the central city. Ilam is a popular location for rental investments in both residential houses and blocks of flats catering for the market of students and transient teaching staff. The suburb is well located close to public transport down Riccarton Road, one of Christchurch’s main arterial routes, and to shopping facilities at the Bush Inn Centre and Westfield Mall, Riccarton – Christchurch’s largest shopping mall.
Location: Inner north-west Christchurch.
Distance from Cathedral Square (straight line): 4.5km.
Buses: Orbiter, Metrostar, Routes 21 (Ilam), 19 (Burnside), 3 (Avonhead).
Amenities: Ray Blank Park, Milnebank Reserve, Corfe Street streamside reserve, University fields, Deans Bush.
Schools & Institutions: University of Canterbury, Ilam Primary, Westburn Primary, Medbury School, Kirkwood Intermediate, Cobham Intermediate, Burnside High School, Riccarton High, Villa Maria College, Christchurch College of Education
Cafes and Restaurants: Riccarton House, Browsers Cafe, Ground Floor Cafe, Lone Star Cafe/Bar, Xocolatl (Fendalton Rd), Tandoori Palace, Foo San, Character’s Cafe, Van Dams Cafe
Shopping: Bush Inn Centre, Ilam Road/ Clyde Road shopping centre, strip shops on Ilam Road, Westfield Riccarton, Fendalton Mall (Memorial Avenue), Waimari Road shopping centre
Housing type: Ilam offers a wide range of housing dating from early 20th century to new, including residential rental and student flat housing. Average property values in the area are towards the higher end of the scale, reflecting the popular location.
Neighbouring suburbs: Avonhead, Upper Riccarton, Riccarton, Fendalton, Bryndwr, Burnside, Sockburn