With so much going on for students at the University of Waikato, it pays to know your campus. There are a number of services and facilities housed and available on-site, including the shopping complex by the Village Green, recreational facilities, car parking, facilities for parents and bus services.
The Access Room
The Access Room is a study place and rest area for students with disabilities. Specialised computer and other equipment is available. Located in the Student Services Building.
The Alumni Association offers a lifelong link to the University for all graduates, staff and friends. Membership to the Association is open to graduates of the University of Waikato for a one-off life-long membership fee of $150. You are automatically a Waikato Alumnus when you graduate. The University will keep in touch with you by sending you the Off Campus magazine twice a year and by email.
The Alumni Office is the point of call for past graduates and friends of the University looking to remain involved with matters relating to the University. It's important that you make sure the Alumni Office has your up to date contact details so that the link can continue.
Banking and retail
Banks: ANZ and ASB Bank both have branches on campus, located in the campus shopping complex. There are three automatic teller machines (ATMs) located on campus. ANZ and ASB Bank have ATMs located outside the shopping complex, and Westpac have an ATM located immediately outside L-Block, roughly in between the building and the Student Centre.
Bookshops: Bennetts University Bookshop is where you can buy your university text books and all your stationery requirements. It is located in the Student Centre.
Dairy: Uni-Mart is located in the campus shopping complex and sells drinks, chips, lollies and grocery items. They are open throughout the year.
Hairdresser: Dezigner Hair has the latest in salon looks, with extra special in-salon treatments to ensure you enjoy the very best of care and hairdressing. They are located on the ground level of the Student Centre.
Campus pharmacy: The campus pharmacy is located in the campus shopping complex. You can also buy stamps, post bags, envelopes and get your photo processing done there.
Travel: STA Travel is the largest student and young person travel company in the world, and is conveniently located in the campus shopping complex at the University. They specialise in cheap flights, round the world trips, working holidays and much more.
The University of Waikato Campus Crèche is situated opposite B Block on Hillcrest Road. The Crēche has facilities for 100 children aged from three months to five years. Places are limited. For more information, visit Campus Crèche online or phone +64 7 838 4034.
There is also a Kohanga Reo (a preschool where children are taught in te reo Māori), Te Kohanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka, near the University at 159 Silverdale Road. Places fill very quickly so enquire early. Phone +64 7 856 2982.
The University of Waikato has partner clubs across a range of sporting codes, as well as more than 50 cultural groups and clubs affiliated with Waikato Student Union.
The Don Llewellyn Bar and Pavilion
The Don Llewellyn Pavilion is the building by the tennis courts and sports fields off Silverdale Road at Gate 3B. “The Don” is the home of official University sports clubs and its bar provides an avenue for clubs on campus to socialise. It is the ideal place to socialise after playing sports or to relax in quality student focused surroundings. It is also available for functions and fundraisers with student discounts available on hireage.
The following food outlets are available on campus:
Bongo Café: Bongo Café is situated in the campus shopping complex. They have a variety of food including a ‘select your own’ sushi bar. They are open throughout the year.
FEDU Café: FEDU Café is situated in the Faculty of Education and offers a variety of café-style food. They are open during the semester.
Momento Café and Bar: Momento is situated in three locations on the campus: School of Management, Student Centre and in the campus shopping complex. They sell coffee and café-style food and are open throughout the year.
Namaaste Kitchen: Namaaste Kitchen is situated in the Student Union Building. They offer a range of Indian food.
Opus Café and Bar: Opus Café and Bar is located in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and offers café-style food and beverages.
Oranga Foodcourt: The Oranga Foodcourt houses a variety of food outlets in a foodcourt style. The food available varies but generally includes Chinese, burritos, halal food, café-style food and much more. They are open throughout the year.
Pita Pit: Pita Pit is situated on the ground level of the Student Centre and offer a range of pitas, salads, juices and salads. They are open throughout the year.
The Don Llewellyn Bar and Pavilion: “The Don” is situated on Silverdale Road and is the home of official University sports clubs and its bar provides an avenue for clubs on campus to socialise.
Uni-Mart: Uni-Mart is located in the campus shopping complex and sells drinks, chips, confectionery and grocery items. They are open throughout the year.
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts hosts music concerts, theatre and dance performances, art and photography exhibitions, festivals and balls.
A specially designed centre for the performing arts, the Academy provides venues and teaching rooms for performance programmes in music, theatre, dance and Māori, and houses a range of art exhibitions and contemporary New Zealand paintings from the Wallace Collection.
A classroom by day, the Academy hosts performances by professional artists and local community events at night. The opportunity to learn and perform in the Academy's first-rate venues is unparalleled for any student keen to explore performing arts as a career option.
Getting to and around campus
Room numbering system
All buildings are allocated a letter or letters. For example, "K" is the name of the building. The subsequent numbers indicate the floor and room. To find room K.2.27, go to K building on level 2, and find room number 27.
There are many transport options for getting to University and getting around Hamilton. Most students live close enough to campus that walking, cycling and taking the bus are great options. Check out our Getting to Campus page for more information about 2016 parking charges and more about alternative transport options.
When you have signed and returned your enrolment agreement, indicating how you will pay your fees, you will be issued with your Student ID Card. If you lose your card, you can go to the Student Centre on Level 2 and get a new card for a replacement fee of $10.00 from the Student Administration team.
Wherever tertiary student discounts are available, it is likely that you will need to present your Waikato ID card. You will also use your card for photocopying and other services, such as issuing books at the Library; so it pays to keep your Waikato ID card with you at all times.
STA Travel ISIC Card (International Student Identity Card)
STA Travel is the world's largest student, youth and budget travel organisation. STA Travel specialises in cheap flights, student travel insurance, hotels and hostels. Talk to the team at the University branch located in the campus shopping complex by the Village Green. An ISIC card offers discounts on domestic and international air travel, and much more. Application forms are available from STA Travel. You must be a full-time student, or a postgraduate student doing 20 hours or more, to be eligible.
The University Security Services Centre is located in B Block Annex (between Te Piringa – Faculty of Law and B Block). The centre is responsible for ensuring that all campus users are provided with a safe and secure environment.
Unisafe staff patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be contacted on +64 7 838 4444 or by using one of the emergency/helpline telephones on campus.
Security card CARDAX
If you require after-hours access into a University building, your Student ID card will double as a CARDAX card. However, you must have authorisation from your school/faculty.
Lost property is also located in the Security Services Centre. If you have lost or found any property, this is where you go.
Sports and recreation
Sporting opportunities on campus are endless and cater for people wanting to socialise and have fun through to the elite. Sporting facilities include:
UniRec (on-campus gym)
The UniRec offers a full range of recreational facilities and services, including a fully equipped sports hall, squash courts, and weights and cardio equipment. The gym is conveniently located on campus, open seven days and is open to everybody in the community.
For more information and memberships options, visit www.unirec.co.nz or pop in and see the team at reception (Gate 1, Knighton Road).
The University of Waikato Pool
The University of Waikato Pool complex includes a 50-metre aquatic leisure pool and dive pool. The pools are unheated and are located at Gate 4, Hillcrest Road. For booking information and to view a calendar visit the University of Waikato Pool complex.
Courts: tennis; netball; squash
Netball, tennis, and squash courts form part of the Pavilion facilities. The sealed court areas adjacent to the Pavilion hosts eight tennis courts during the summer months (reduced to two over winter) and four floodlit netball courts during the winter. Two squash courts are available at the Pavilion, via 24-hour key access. There is also a covered three wicket facility. Visit UoW Sport for more information.
Sport at Waikato
Sport at Waikato run a large number of clubs that are based on campus, including rugby, hockey, rowing, soccer and netball.
The University of Waikato sports fields are the biggest of any New Zealand university. They cater for a range of recreation and sporting activities. The following fields are available for hire:
- 6 touch fields
- 4 mini-soccer fields
- 4 artificial cricket wickets
- 2 soccer fields
- 2 rugby fields
Visit Sport at Waikato for more information.
Entering a team in the ASB Social Sport Series is a great way to make friends. They offer indoor and outdoor social sport leagues throughout the year. Sports include netball, soccer and touch. For more information visit Social Sport Indoor & Outdoor Series online, email email@example.com or call +64 7 858 5187.
Mirror Room and Gymnasium
The Mirror Room and Gymnasium is located in the Faculty of Education. For booking information contact the Faculty of Education on +64 7 838 4500.
Student Centre – Te Manawa
Opened in 2011, the Student Centre is a state-of-the-art multi-functional facility that provides students with a student-centred learning environment, combining traditional library resources with high-tech IT facilities. The centre is also a central hub for support for students, and was carefully designed and built to be environmentally sustainable – light, modern and low on energy use.
The Library – Te Whare Pukapuka
Opening hours (Semester A and B)
|Days||Central Library/Law Library||Teaching Resources Library|
|Monday – Thursday||8am – 10pm||10am – 5pm|
|Friday||8am – 6pm||10am – 5pm|
|Saturday||11am – 6pm||Closed|
|Sunday||11am – 6pm||Closed|
Books and journal articles which are in high demand are held at the Course Reserve Room in the Library. Many of these items are also available electronically. To find items held on course reserve, check the Library Catalogue.
There are approximately 180 computers in the Student Centre and 13 computers in the Teaching Resources Library available for preparing assignments or accessing the Internet, Library eResources or using email. You will need a University of Waikato computer account to use these computers.
Tours and tutorials
The Central Library offers introductory tours and tutorials throughout each semester. Timetables are available at any information desk or on the Library website. Alternatively you can try the online library guides. The Teaching Resources Library and Law Library tours and tutorials are part of specific classes and intakes.
Waikato students have access to a large number of computers on campus which provide access to email and internet services. When you are fully enrolled at the University, you will have a computer account provided to you.
ITS Service Desk is your first point of contact for all information communication technology needs and will help you find out where you can locate local computers on campus. Students can also hire audio visual equipment from ITS.
All students get access to email when they enrol. Your email address will be your username, followed by @students.waikato.ac.nz (eg. firstname.lastname@example.org). You can check your email through the web interface (Webmail).
As part of your enrolment, you will receive free internet use on campus both in computer labs and on personal devices such as your laptop or smartphone.
Find out more information about how to get online.
Universal access facilities
The University of Waikato is committed to removing any physical access barriers to ensure our campus is as accessible as possible for students, staff and visitors with disabilities. As such, many campus facilities are designed to enable universal access.
There are a number of mobility parks available on campus that can be accessed via most entrances to the University – so no matter where you have to get to, there will be a universal access carpark nearby.
Most buildings are universally accessible and are traversed by either level entrance, ramp or lift. You can find out whether the classes you are planning to enrol in are accessible by lift by visiting the Disability Support Services' list of buildings that provide lift access. You can also find out the locations of universal access toilets on campus.
Disability Computer labs are located in both the Student Services Building and the Student Centre. Both labs have specialist software and equipment for use by students with disability. Access and training to use any of this equipment can be arranged with the staff.
Waikato Print shop is where you go to purchase course readings. They also offer photocopying, laminating, binding, large banner printing and fax services. They sell CDs, stationery, phone cards, handmade paper, and other paper/card and art work done by local students. Waikato Print is located in the basement of the Student Union Building and various other locations on campus. Find out more about the services that Waikato Print offer online or call +64 7 838 4119 or email email@example.com.
Waikato Print also operates a professional photographic unit within the ITS Building. The service includes graduation and CV portraiture. To make use of this service call Waikato Print Central on +64 7 838 4302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.