Students at the University of Canterbury face of levy of $600 for services next year.
The university says the levy will allow it to keep offering high quality education, but the Union of Students Associations says separating services from tuition is a troubling move.
The levy covers career services, student health and childcare and replaces the current fee of $85.
Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr says the move brings Canterbury more in line with other universities, including Otago.
However, union co-president Sophia Blair is troubled by the size of the levy and is worried the move will set a precedent for others.
Ms Blair says the union will continue to lobby the Government to put more money into tertiary education.