Ilam is a leafy suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand about five kilometres west of the city centre. Located close to State Highway 1 and the Christchurch International Airport, it is handily placed for transportation. It is also located close to the major retail area of Riccarton. The suburb of Ilam is home to the University of Canterbury, sitting on over 140 acres of land. The area extends westward into the Avonhead part of the Riccarton/Wigram ward. House values on this side of Riccarton Road are generally at a higher level.