Your first two weeks

This is your time to find your way around, make new friends, learn about the support services available to you and make a start on your studies.

To make this process as easy and stress-free as possible, we've answered some of the key questions new students ask when they get here.

Find out what's happening on campus

There are a number of ways you can find out about what is happening on campus:

  • check your emails for your weekly 'Student News' from the University
  • campus screens
  • check the notice boards around campus and in the cafés
  • read a copy of Nexus – the weekly student magazine released every Monday
  • check out the Waikato Students' Union
  • visit the University Facebook page and see what events are on.

Find out what's happening off campus

There are many events happening off campus to watch out for:

What do I do if I need help?

If you find you're struggling or need help with something, we're here to help you get the advice and support you need. We've got lots of student services available so check them out and don't be afraid to ask for help.

During orientation week, we run Uni101 sessions to help you get ahead. Watch our Uni101 video series to see what sessions are on offer.

Get to know your campus

  • Use the campus map to familiarise yourself with the facilities and grounds.
  • Find your lecture, tutorial or laboratory rooms. Tutorial and laboratories commence in the second week of the semester.
  • Get to know your way around on a Library/Te Whare Pukapuka tour.

Get involved

  • Cultural hour is every Wednesday 1.00–2.00 pm, and is a time free of lectures and tutorials so clubs and societies can meet, and other University activities can be held.
  • For those that wish to play sport at a social level and meet like-minded people, join a team in the Social Sport Indoor & Outdoor Series.
  • Volunteer to be a class representative. Your lecturers will be calling for nominations for these positions in the first few weeks of lectures. As a class representative, you will develop an understanding of the University, contribute to it, and meet new and interesting people.

Ask for help

Get in touch

If you need help finding your way around or have questions about your papers, we're here to help. Call 0800 WAIKATO or email us at