University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island and is one of this country’s leading tertiary institutions.

The University of Waikato owes its existence to the vision and tenacity of a small group of Hamiltonians who believed passionately in a university to serve the region and New Zealand. The foresight and dedication they brought to the task in the early 1960s has seen thousands of graduates go on to make significant contributions to their local, national and international communities.

Waikato University is home to about 13,000 students from New Zealand and overseas, and employs 2000 academic and support staff. Students and staff are attracted by the excellence of the teaching and research, the stunning campus and surrounds, and the University’s reputation for being bold and innovative. With many exciting recreational opportunities in close proximity, life as a student at the University of Waikato is as varied and active as individuals choose.

They value the opportunity for a balanced lifestyle. And the most prestigious scholarships - named after patron, the late Sir Edmund Hillary – recognise academic achievement, as well as outstanding performance in sport or arts, and leadership.

Excellence is a driving theme of the University – it prides itself on the calibre of its teaching, learning and research. The most recent national assessment of research quality and performance ranked its Faculties of Management, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Education first in the country. The University was also ranked top in 10 subject areas with more firsts in science than any other New Zealand university. With teaching informed by research, the students at Waikato University benefit from outstanding teachers and mentors, flexible programmes and smaller class sizes, meaning more direct contact with leading and passionate academics.

Studying or working at Waikato University provides the opportunity to share the University’s optimism for the future, develop new ways of thinking and hone innovative problem-solving skills. In 2014 the University of Waikato will celebrate 50 years of delivering a world-class education to its students.

Student Centre

The University of Waikato Student Centre is fast becoming the social heart of the campus as its transformation nears its completion. The $30 million project to turn the existing library into a sustainable and state-of-the-art facility is due for completion at the end of 2011. The facility will provide a world-class, student-centred learning environment, combining traditional library resources with high-tech IT facilities and its design and landscaping will reflect the natural forms of the Waikato region.

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

The world-class Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, set beside the beautiful, tree-lined campus lake, attracts leading performers from New Zealand and around the world, securing its place as a top venue for music and theatre, exhibitions and special events. The superb acoustics of the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber are acknowledged as among the best in the world, while the specifically designed spaces around the Academy lend themselves to a myriad of cultural and teaching activities.


On-Campus Accommodation

The University of Waikato has four Halls of Residence on campus that are popular among international students. These Halls offer fully- and self-catered options. The weekly rates for the Halls of Residence range from NZ $240 for fully catered (three meals a day) to NZ $115 – NZ $140 for self catered.

off-campus Accommodation

Off-campus accommodation is a great way to meet people and take advantage of experiencing Kiwi student lifestyle first hand. Students who prefer off-campus housing have the benefit that 90% of this type of accommodation is within a 15 minute walking distance of the University.

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Study Areas
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Communications
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music