The Vice Chancellor of Canterbury University has confirmed 150 staff will lose their jobs over the next three to five years.
The job losses are a result of lower student numbers and higher costs in the wake of the earthquake.
Student enrolment at the University was down by 25% in 2010-2011.
Doctor Rod Carr says this year it has stopped the decline and enrolments are down by just 2%.
He says despite job cuts he is confident the university can continue to attract students, including those from overseas.
Doctor Carr says academic, as well as technical and administration, roles will be lost.
A spokesperson says staff were given the university's 10-year-financial model on Wednesday, which included a plan on how it would recover from the earthquakes.
The spokesperson says it outlines the university's position given its constrained resources.
The university is Christchurch's third largest employer, with more than 2000 staff and over 12,000 students.