Your first two weeks at Waikato
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.
Orientation Week is an exciting time to get familiar with your campus, make new friends, and get yourself set up for the start of a busy year. With a programme full of activities, introductions and free giveaways, you'll have everything you need to start your university journey.
Campus and library tours
If you haven't already been on a campus tour, we highly recommend you join one of the regular tours. If you're a Hamilton student email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tauranga students email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
Check your timetable, assignment results, academic record or make changes to your enrollment using MyWaikato.
Register with Student Health
As a Waikato student based in Hamilton, you have access to low-cost consultations and prescriptions if you register with our on-campus Student Health Service.
There's also a Health Centre on the Tauranga campuses but there's no need to register for the service.
One of the most exciting things about being new to the University is all the new people you'll meet.
Waikato Students Union (WSU)
The WSU is your clubs association, providing student support, advocacy, encouragement and of course making sure your Waikato experience is one to remember. Throughout the year WSU organises a range of events and runs multiple student clubs. If you're on our Hamilton Campus, check out Level Zero of the Student Centre - your very own student hang-out space.
With over 60 clubs on the Hamilton campus, there is literally something for everyone. We've got a club for almost every sport, political group, cultural pursuit, academic area and special interest you could want to be part of. And if we don't we're open to helping you start a new one! Make sure you check out Clubs Day during A Semester Orientation.
Each Faculty and School has a Māori mentoring unit and we have a support unit in Tauranga to offer support social-cultural academic assistance, programme advice and pastoral care. Throughout the University year, we offer a schedule of social-cultural events which draw on kaupapa Māori and whanaungatanga to enhance the student experience.
We offer a diverse and supportive network of student services that you can access as a Pacific student. We are committed to providing and enhancing Pacific student success here at Waikato. But it's not all about classroom learning – we also want you to have an enjoyable time in a supportive environment where you can learn and participate in cultural activities and meet the rest of our Waikato Pacific family!
The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) runs free events and workshops to help you make the most of postgraduate study as well as network with other students.
If you're over 25 years old and interested in meeting other mature students, we have a space available on the Hamilton campus for you to use for study and group gatherings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
There are so many great opportunities to get involved in campus activities and events, so make sure you stay up-to-date:
- 'Student News' - finding it's way to your email inbox each week is our very own student newsletter.
- Check out our events calendar for official University events
- Nexus Magazine - your student magazine. Find copies of Nexus located at stands around the uni, or check them out online.
- Social media - We're active on social media, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!
- Tauranga students can join up to the University of Waikato - Tauranga Facebook page, plus we will add you to our Tauranga students Hub Moodle page where we'll post relevant news just for our students based in the Bay.
- Apply to join our Employability Plus Programme.
- Volunteer to be a class representative. Your lecturers will be calling for nominations for class reps in the first few weeks of lectures.
Sports and fitness at Waikato
- Sports and sports facilities at Waikato
- UniRec on-campus gym (Hamilton)
- Social sport- For those that wish to play sport at a social level and meet like-minded people, join a team in the Social Sports Indoor & Outdoor Series.
Student clubs and groups
- Waikato Students Union (WSU) - The WSU is your clubs association, providing student support, advocacy, encouragement and of course making sure your Waikato experience is one to remember. Throughout the year WSU organises a range of events and runs multiple student clubs.