With so much going on for students at The University of Waikato, it pays to know your campus. There are a huge number of services and facilities housed and available on-site, including the newly renovated shops, recreational facilities, car parking, facilities for parents, and bus services.
Page Contents:Access Room
Banking and Retail
Citizens Advice Bureau
Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion and Bar
Fitness Trail and Orienteering
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Law and Management Building
Mirror Room and Gymnasium
Universal Access Facilities
University of Waikato Pool
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 Waikato 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
ANZ and ASB Bank both have branches on campus, located in the shopping complex by the Village Green. 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 Bennetts Bookshop.
The Campus Pharmacy is located in the shopping complex by the Village Green. You can also buy stamps, post bags and envelopes and get your photo processing done there.
Bennetts University Bookshop is where you can buy your University text books and all your stationery requirements. It is located in the Student Centre.
Citizens Advice Bureau
There is a Citizens Advice Bureau branch available on campus in the cowshed for any problems you may have or for any information you may need.
The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is a fully-voluntary organisation which has a proud history of guiding people to a satisfactory conclusion over their troubles. The University of Waikato is the first University in New Zealand to have a CAB chapter based on the University. The CAB offers free and confidential advice to assist all students on almost any issue including; consumer rights, insurance, car repairs, tenancy, legal advice and much more. If we cannot provide the assistance you are looking for we will discuss your options with you and provide you with the contact details for the organisation or service that will help you further.
For free and confidential advice for all students visit the Citizens Advice Bureau in the Cowshed Building between 11am and 2pm Monday to Friday during semester.
PHONE 07 838 4466 ext 6622
The University of Waikato has partner clubs across a range of sporting codes, as well as over 50 cultural groups and clubs affiliated with Waikato Student Union.
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. Covered three wicket facility. Visit UoW Sport for more information.
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 only licensed bar on campus. 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 being available on hireage. Visit The Don Bar and Pavilion for more information.
An instructional board for the fitness trail is available at the lakeside of carpark at Gate 2b. The fitness trail runs within the University sports fields along Knighton and Ruakura roads. There is also an orienteering course within the University of Waikato campus. Visit the Fitness Trail for more information.
The following food outlets are available on campus:
Bongo Cafe: Bongo Café is situated in the Camps Shops complex. They have a variety of food including a ‘select your own’ sushi bar. They are open throughout the year.
Uni Mart: Located in the Campus Shops complex, Uni Mart sells drinks, chips, lollies and grocery items. They are open during term time.
E-cafe: A snack and hot drinks machine is available inside the entrance to the Central Library. A computer with internet access is also available here.
Momento Cafe and Bar: Momento is situated in the School of Management as well as in the shops complex behind the bus stop. They sell coffee and cafe style food and are open throughout the year.
Oranga Centre: The Oranga Centre houses a variety of food outlets in a food court style. The food available varies but generally includes Chinese, kebabs, burritos, halal food, turkish breads, and much more. They are open throughout the year.
Gaura Good Food Gaura Good Food Gaura is situated in the Student Union Building. They offer a range of vegetarian food.
Faculty of Education Cafe: Based in the Faculty of Education, this cafe has a variety of food. They are open during term time.
The Station Cafe: The Station Cafe is situated on Hillcrest Road. They have a hot food menu which changes daily, and are open throughout the year.
OPUS Bar & Cafe: Located in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, OPUS offers cafe style food and beverages.
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. www.waikato.ac.nz/academy.
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 andperform in the Academy’s first-rate venues is unparalleled for any student keen to explore performing arts as a career option.
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 in the Library 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.
Law and Management Building
The University of Waikato is to mark its 50th anniversary with the construction of a flagship new building for its Law and Management faculties.
Plans for a multi-million dollar building to house Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and Waikato Management School’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education and student services have been approved by the University’s Council.
The University will now move forward to develop a detailed design of the new building, with tendering expected to take place during 2013. It’s anticipated construction will be completed in early 2015 – the year after the University turns 50. It will complete a string of three iconic campus facilities with the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the bottom of campus, the Student Centre in the heart of the campus and the new Law and Management building on Hillcrest Rd.
“The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio,” says Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford.
“To do that, we need top-quality facilities. The new building will nurture collaboration and allow for the growth and development of our faculties of law and management, as well as enhancing our superb campus.”
Professor Crawford says the new facilities will allow the Centre for Corporate and Executive Education to extend its programmes serving businesses in the region, and will also create space for new law research centres – the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre and the Centre for Environmental Resources and Energy Law as well as the Waikato Management School’s Institute for Business Research.
The new building will feature a striking rectilinear five-storey office tower with vertical sunshade vanes referencing the tukutuku reed panels in a traditional meeting house. The tower will be linked at ground level to the existing Management building on Hillcrest Road.
The building will have the following features:
- Environmentally sustainable design featuring a green roof, natural ventilation and glazed corridor walls for natural lighting.
- Teaching rooms, offices, dedicated spaces for postgraduate students, shared student services, shared computer labs, a reception area and a ceremonial space for meetings with university visitors.
- A fully functional moot courtroom, and a sunken courtyard.
New Law & Management Building Design
The University of Waikato is to mark its 50th anniversary with plans for a multi-million dollar building to house Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and Waikato Management School’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education. Tendering is expected to take place during 2013, with construction being complete in early 2015 – the year after the University turns 50.
16th July 2012
Mirror Room and Gymnasium
The Mirror Room and Gymnasium are managed by the Faculty of Education. For booking information contact the Faculty of Education on 07 838 4500.
The Rec Centre gym in Hamilton is open to everybody in the community. Conveniently located and open 7 days; we offer you Hamilton's most extensive range of activity options under one roof! In addition to awesome value gym memberships, the Rec Centre offers a wide range of activity options from kickboxing to Pilates courses, Endless Pools to indoor cycling. Call (07) 838 4177 to arrange an appointment or visit the Rec Centre for more information.
The University Security Services Centre is located in B Block Annex (between B Block and the Faculty of Law). 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 (07) 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.
SOCIAL SPORTASB Social Sport offers indoor and outdoor social sport leagues throughout the year. Sports include netball, volleyball, soccer and touch. For more information visit the ASB Social Sport website: www.socialsport.co.nz, or contact Tanya Wakefield on 07 838 4312.
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:
- Summer 6 touch fields
- 4 mini-soccer fields
- 4 artificial cricket wickets
- Winter 2 soccer fields
- 2 rugby fields
Visit UoW Sports for more information.
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 one of the team in the university branch located in the new 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.
There are many transport options for getting to University and getting around Hamilton. Most students live within 15 minutes walk of campus, but others require forms of transport such as buses or cars. You'll need to take your budget into account when making transport choices and you might also want to think about the environmental impact. Here are a few suggestions of how to get around:
Walk, ride or skate
Even if your study schedule doesn’t give you time to get to the gym, walking, biking or skating to and from campus can help keep you fit. It’s inexpensive, you avoid the hassle of parking, and you can come and go as you please. There are bike racks near the bus stop and throughout campus, plus a secure bike cage between G and R blocks. To get access to the bike cage, call Security (07) 838 4444.
For a commuting alternative which provides the convenience of a car, try carpooling to campus with a friend or two. You can find someone to car pool with through the University Ridelink website. Those who car pool to campus are eligible for special car pool parking at Gates 1 and 10. Ridelink permits are available from the Security Office in B Annex. You do not have to be registered onto the Ridelink website to be eligible for a Ridelink permit.
There are approximately 1500 parking spaces on campus. The largest car parks are accessed through Gate 1, Gate 2B and Gate 10. Parking is at a premium so it pays to arrive early if you want to secure a space. Most car parks are well over 90% full just after 9.00am during week days. There are 52 car spaces for people with mobility-related disabilities. To park in these spaces, you must display a current CCS Operation Mobility card. A temporary permit can be arranged through the Disability Support Service if you experience a temporary disability while studying.
For those who still want to drive solo to campus, a car will keep you dry on rainy days and can be faster than other means of commuting. However, car maintenance is expensive and you can end up parking as far from Uni as you live - but in the other direction!
Several buses stop on or near campus. The main bus terminal is behind the shops and another is located near Gate 9. You can purchase and charge up a Busit card with cash or EFTPOS at the Hamilton City Transport Centre (corner of Bryce and Anglesea Streets) or from the bus driver (cash only). There are a number of bus services that run to and from the university. Check out route maps and timetable information at: www.busit.co.nz or call 0800 4 BUSLINE.
Taxis can be a good option for occasional rides to and from campus, and some companies even offer student discounts. Because of the expense, taxis are probably best for emergencies, sharing with others or for getting home after a big night out. For more information, look in the local Yellow Pages.
Universal Access Facilities
The University of Waikato is commited 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.
The Disability Computer labs are located in the Student Services Building and the Central Library. 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.
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.
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. They are located in the basement of the Student Union Building and various other locations on campus. Waikato Print also operates a professional photographic unit within the ITS Building. The service includes graduation and CV portraiture.