The University of Waikato is one of the most modern and innovative universities in New Zealand, based in the beautiful river city of Hamilton with a satellite campus at the beach in Tauranga.
If you are thinking of moving to Waikato in New Zealand, you’ll enjoy affordable tuition fees and living costs, be on the door-step of nearby beaches and ski fields and will receive a world-class education at our internationally-ranked university.
At Waikato, we offer qualifications from bachelors to doctorate level, giving our students a foundation in both theory and practice to equip them for their futures.
Welcome to the region
Hamilton warmly welcomes students from Australia. With a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle and a vibrant student culture our city is a great place to study. We are close to great beaches, outdoor activities, Lake Karapiro and the mountains of the North Island for winter sports. The Waikato region is the hub of high performance sport in New Zealand, with several national sporting franchises having their bases locally.
Tauranga boasts some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches, forests and wineries. Tauranga is also home to the country’s largest export port and the fastest growing population in New Zealand.
How to apply and get into Waikato
Applying to the University of Waikato is easy. If you are a school student, you’ll need to have completed Year 12. Our entry criteria is:
|Australian Capital Territory||ACT Year 12 Certificate and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|New South Wales||Higher School Certificate (HSC) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|Northern Territory||Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|Queensland||Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and OP 14 or lower|
|South Australia||South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|Tasmania||Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|Western Australia||Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
|Victoria||Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and ATAR 69.6 or higher|
If you left school a while ago, or don’t meet the entry criteria, talk to us about other pathways into university.
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Save some of your Aussie dollars with a school leaver scholarship.
At Waikato, our school leaver scholarships are awarded based on your ATAR or OP score. If you achieve an ATAR score of 85 or above (OP of 8 to 6), you automatically get $NZ 3,000. If your ATAR score is 92.5 or above (OP of 5 to 1), you automatically get $NZ 5,000. No application required, and unlimited scholarships available. Find out more.
Find out more about other scholarships available.
Choosing the right accommodation is an important step to ensure you get the most out of your time in New Zealand and make some Kiwi friends.
We have four on-campus accommodation options; three fully catered Halls of Residence and 26 self-catered cottages in Orchard Park. Participate in activities and events organised by the residents and get involved in inter-hall competitions.
The closing date each year for first round of offers is 1 October.
You can pay for on-campus accommodation weekly, monthly, yearly or by semester. A deposit and administration fee of $NZ 500 is due by 21 October if you are offered a place. Move in costs are approximately $NZ 1500 depending on the Hall you choose, and is due by 18 January. If you are paying in weekly instalments, the first debit will be made from your account on 17 March 2016.
If you’d like to live off-campus, there are several options available to you. You could opt to live in a house or flat, and there are lots of inexpensive private student accommodation options close to the campus. Find out more about off-campus accommodation.
Fees and finance
Australian citizens currently living in Australia
If you’re Australian citizen or permanent resident and you’re going to live in New Zealand, you will pay domestic tuition fees at the University of Waikato.
Australian citizens and permanent residents do not qualify for the New Zealand Student Loan or Student Allowance.
Australian citizens currently living New Zealand for three years or more
You will be eligible for a New Zealand Student Loan or Student Allowance if you have resided in New Zealand for at least three years before study commences, and meet all other eligibility criteria. More information is available from StudyLink, New Zealand's student loan and allowance provider.
New Zealand citizens currently living in Australia
New Zealand citizens who currently reside in Australia are eligible for New Zealand domestic tuition fees and are also eligible to apply for a student loan or allowance through StudyLink.
Top five reasons to be a student in the Waikato region
We asked fifth year student Shelby Wilson to tell us the top five things that she loves about living in the Waikato. Here's what she said:
- Waikato is the home of elite sport in New Zealand, so there are loads of different sports that we have access to. Being a student here means you can attend heaps of sporting events for free.
- We have a ton of beautiful native walks around lakes, mountains and in the bush. Going for a walk with friends is a really good way to spend the weekend.
- Raglan beach is right on our doorstep. There's heaps of options for things to do including surfing, swimming, surf lifesaving, walking tracks and water skiing. Plus the whole town of Raglan has a cool atmosphere and there are great food places there.
- We're pretty central in the Waikato. If you want to head to beaches, mountains or even big shopping centres we're only a short drive away and it’s really fun to go on road trips with friends around the North Island.
- The university is a fun place to be. There are always heaps of events going on in Hamilton which are student orientated, fun, and give you an opportunity to socialise. The environment at Waikato uni is really friendly and comfortable