Waikato Campus Lifestyle

Waikato has the most beautiful campus in the country. All our first-class facilities are in one location, building a strong sense of community. You'll find Waikato has a laid-back and easy atmosphere, and from 2014, the campus will be smoke-free. Students meet for coffee by the lakes, chill out on the lawns or play touch rugby on the fields. There's plenty of parking and buses leave campus every 15 minutes.


  • Grab a bargain at the market days by the lake
  • Enjoy cultural hour every Wednesday (1-2pm) with live music and DJs
  • Attend performances at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
  • Get involved with Contact FM or Nexus (student magazine).


  • More than 700 computers free to use and wireless internet access
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment
  • Computers, printers, scanners and photocopiers and access to a comprehensive range of online resources are available in the library at the Student Centre.

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

A specially designed centre for the performing arts, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts provides venues and teaching rooms for the 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.

UoW Sport

Sports opportunities on campus are endless and cater for people wanting to socialise and have fun, through to the elite. A large number of clubs are based on campus, including the University rugby, netball, hockey, rowing, soccer, cricket and ski clubs.

Sports facilities include:

  • UniRec – on-campus gym, endless pools, squash courts and sports hall
  • University of Waikato Pool – 50m and diving pool
  • Courts – squash, tennis and netball
  • Sports Fields – cricket, rugby and football
  • Indoor Cricket Facility

Sporting events include:

  • New Zealand University Games
  • New Zealand Rowing Championships
  • University Blues Awards
  • Interhall Challenges
  • Inter-University Challenge
  • Snow and ski events


A bit of action in your life will help you balance study and play. The UniRec is one of the best-equipped gyms in the region and it's right here on campus. With a student discount, you can take time out of your busy lecture schedule for a stress-releasing workout or just hang out with your friends in the fully-equipped sports hall.

As a member you get to enjoy:

  • Squash and basketball courts
  • Endless pool
  • Group exercise classes including REV (indoor cycling) and zumba classes
  • Cardio studio, with Sky TV and an extensive range of cardio gear
  • Spacious weights room with machine and free weights
  • Discounts on an extensive range of activity courses, including kickboxing, pilates matwork and yoga.

Social Sports

The Social Sport series is a great way to make new friends, meet like-minded people and play sport at a social level. Sporting prowess is not a prerequisite but the desire to have fun is a must! You can choose to be part of the following:

Indoor Social Sport:

  • Netball
  • Soccer

Outdoor Social Sport:

  • Touch
  • Six-a-side soccer

Waikato Students' Union (WSU)

The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) gives students a strong collective voice on campus and nationally. WSU also organises activities on campus such as Orientation, Clubs' Day, musical performances and political speakers. It also provides a free advocacy service and hardship fund, publishes the weekly student magazine Nexus, and provides free student diaries and wall planners.

High Performance Students

Many of New Zealand's sporting, creative and performing arts high achievers have studied at Waikato and we put a lot of effort into supporting them. Current or former students include Nathan Cohen, Santiago Cañón Valencia, Stephen Donald, Laura Langman, Edward King and Jamie Fitzgerald. The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme will ensure this tradition continues.

It represents the University's commitment to building well-rounded graduates and supporting high performance students across sporting, creative and performing arts, leadership and academic endeavours. The University is part of the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network and its High Performance Student Manager helps students balance their training, competitions and study, and liaises with academic staff, scholarship providers and sporting bodies.

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