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.
Orientation week is an exciting time to familiarise yourself with your campus, make new friends and set yourself up for the start of a busy year. With a week full of mini lectures, campus activities and free giveaways, you’ll have everything you need to start your university journey.
New Student Powhiri
Monday 20 February, 9-10.50am, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road
All students attending the powhiri are to assemble at Gate 4 ready to be called on to the marae.
Make sure you get on campus for the start of Orientation week beginning on Monday 20 February in both Hamilton and Tauranga. Semester A classes will begin on Monday 27 February. Check your online timetable to see when your classes are. You can sign-up for tutorial times online, you'll find out how and when to do this at your first lecture.
Download the Orientation Week app
Download the 2017 Academic Orientation Programmes
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:
- Chiefs Rugby games at Waikato Stadium
- Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
- Lawrenson Group events in the Hamilton CBD
- Quiz nights at local bars and restaurants
- Gourmet in the Gardens at Hamilton Gardens
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.
- 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
- Ask one of the friendly staff at the information desk on level 2 in the Student Centre if you have any administration needs.
- Talk to a counsellor or access other student support services if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help. To book an appointment phone +64 7 838 4037, or drop into the Student Health Centre reception.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.