Thousands of Lincoln University students returned to campus on Monday after a week's break caused by the Canterbury earthquake.
Vice-Chancellor Roger Field says structural and health and safety assessments have been done on most of the buildings but some parts of the campus are still off-limits.
Professor Field says fortunately no accommodation blocks were damaged in the earthquake.
He says last week almost 600 staff attended inductions on safety procedures, and students were being brought up to speed on Monday before they attended lectures.
CRIs virtually unscathed
Crown research institutes with facilities at Lincoln - Landcare, AgResearch and Plant and Food - have reported no major damage.
AgResearch says cracks in its buildings have been checked and cleared, as they're not structural.
The main disruption has been to staff having to deal with damage to their homes. They're now busy catching up after several days of lost work.