Quake-affected students return home

9:59 pm on 2 July 2011

About 170 Canterbury University students who went to Adelaide in South Australia after February's earthquake in Christchurch are flying home.

Students in the Colleges of Business and Economics, Arts and Science were offered places at the University of Adelaide to continue their degrees while repairs were made to University of Canterbury infrastructure.

The students are returning to Christchurch on a specially chartered Qantas jet.

The University of Adelaide's Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha says it's a bitter sweet experience seeing them leave.

He says the students are sad to be leaving the friends they've made, but excited to be going back home.

The students' aircraft will touch down in Christchurch early on Sunday morning.