Kia Ora and welcome to your first year of study at the University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.
This page will help you make the most of studying at the University by providing you with an overview of life at Waikato and the services available to assist you. It serves as a one-stop shop to make your transition into your life at university a breeze.
You will find information on:
Student Centre - Te Manawa
Opened in 2011, the Student Centre is a state-of-the-art multifunctional facility that provides students with a student-centred learning environment, combining traditional library resources with high-tech IT facilities. The centre is also a central hub for support for students, and was carefully designed and built to be environmentally sustainable – light, modern and low on energy use.
The Library - Te Whare Pukapuka
|Days||Central Library/Law Library||Education Library|
|Mon-Thurs||8.30am - 9pm||8.30am - 9pm|
|Friday||8.30am - 6pm||8.30am - 6pm|
|Saturday||11am - 6pm||11am - 6pm|
|Sunday||11am - 6pm||11am - 6pm|
Books and journal articles which are in high demand are held at the Course Reserve Desk in the Library. Many of these items are also available electronically. To find items held on Course Reserve, check the Library Catalogue.
There are approximately 180 computers in the Student Centre and 13 computers in the Education Library available for preparing assignments or accessing the Internet, Library eResources or using email. You will need a University of Waikato computer account to use these computers.
Tours and Tutorials
The Central Library offers introductory tours and tutorials throughout each semester. Timetables are available at any information desk or on the Library website. Alternatively you can try the online tutorials, WISE. The Education Library and Law Library tours and tutorials are part of specific classes and intakes.
Retail on Campus
ATMs – ASB Bank, ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank
Banks – ANZ Bank and ASB Bank
Uni-Mart – University shops
Hairdresser – Student Centre
Campus Pharmacy/Post Shop – University shops
STA Travel – University shops
Bennetts Campus Bookshop – Student Centre
Cafés and Bars
Bongo Café and Sushi Bar – University shops
The Don. Bar, Kitchen, Functions – Silverdale Rd
Momento Café – University shops and Management School
Oranga Foodcourt – cafés downstairs in the Oranga building
Opus Café – Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
FEDU Café – Faculty of Education
The Station Café – Hillcrest Road
Pita Pit – Student Centre
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
The University has a specially designed centre for the arts. The Gallagher Academy provides venues and teaching rooms for performance in music, theatre, dance and Māori performing arts, and also displays a range of art.
Sports and Recreation
Sporting opportunities on campus are endless and cater for people wanting to socialise and have fun through to the elite. Sporting facilities include:
Rec Centre (on-campus gym) – full range of recreational facilities and services, including fully equipped sports hall, squash court and activity courses. Join by going into the Rec Centre located at Gate 1, or join online. Check out the student enrolment special for a 12 month gym membership.
University of Waikato Pool – dive pool and 50m pool. There is a $2.70 entry for students
Courts – squash, tennis and netball
Sports fields – cricket (plus cricket nets), rugby and soccer
A large number of clubs are based on campus, including rugby, hockey, rowing, soccer and netball.
ASB Social Sport
Entering a team in the ASB Social Sports Series is a great way to make friends. There are netball, volleyball, soccer and touch leagues.
Waikato students have access to a large number of computers on campus which provide ready access to email and internet services. When you are fully enrolled at the University, you will have a computer account provided to you.
ITS Service Desk is your first point of contact for all Information Communication Technology (ICT) services and will help you find out where you can locate local computers on campus. Students can also hire audio visual equipment from ITS.
All students get access to email when they enrol. Your email address will be your username, followed by @students.waikato.ac.nz (eg. email@example.com). You can check your email through the web interface (Webmail).
As part of your enrolment you will receive 2GB of internet data per month. This data can be used for internet on campus, both in computer labs and on personal devices such as your laptop or smartphone. It can also be accessed around the CBD. Off campus access is listed at www.lightwire.co.nz.
If you need more than 2GB of data, this can be purchased from the University's internet service provider Lightwire, either online or from several locations around campus. Access to Waikato University websites is free.
Find out more information about how to get online.
Waikato Mobile Web
Get essential University information and services anytime, anywhere on your mobile device.
On your web-capable mobile device such as an iPhone, smartphone, or PDA, launch your web browser and go to m.waikato.ac.nz. You will need a web/data plan from your carrier or a WiFi connection. You can also preview the smartphone version of the site from your desktop, laptop or tablet.
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 fortnightly 'Student E-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.
- Check out the University Events Calendar and the Waikato Students' Union.
Each paper has a unique code. The codes are structured in the following way:
ACCT is the subject code; in this case Accounting, 101 is the level and unique number of the paper, 13A is the year and semester indicator and HAM is the location where the paper is taught.
Room Numbering System
All buildings are allocated a letter or letters. For example, K is the name of the building. To find room K. 2.27, go to K building on level 2, and find room number 27. Find your way around with a campus map.
Lectures are normally 50 minutes long. Morning lectures start on the hour (up to and including 12 noon). In the afternoon lectures starts at 10 minutes past the hour.
Provide practical experience for topics covered in lectures and tutorials. Laboratories also refer to the places where these sessions are held.
iWaikato is the University’s intranet which contains your personal details, enrolment details, examination results, University information and services, news, events and more.
Moodle is the University’s Online Learning Platform. Many papers have course resources and discussion forums in Moodle. You can access Moodle from the central University website when you login with your student login.
MyWeb™ is the Waikato Management School's Online Learning Platform. MyWeb™ is available from your computer desktop automatically when you log on in the Waikato Management School computer labs or you can go to www.myweb.ac.nz.
Student ID Card
A swipe card issued to students to be used as a student ID card, for after-hours access and photocopying. You will receive your student ID card after you have signed your enrolment agreement. If you lose your card, you can go to the Information Desk on level 2 in the Student Centre and get a new card; please be aware there is a charge.
For a number of classes you will be required to purchase textbooks to help you study. These can be purchased on campus at Bennetts Bookshop located on Level 1 in the Student Centre. The library may also hold a copy on desk loan.
Tutorials are discussion-based classes and are in addition to your lectures. They provide an opportunity for you to raise questions. A number of papers will require your attendance at tutorials.
An account that must be operated in credit, and from which your printing is deducted. You can put money into your unicash account at the computer labs and the Student Centre.
Getting To And Around Campus
Room Numbering System
All buildings are allocated a letter or letters. For example, K is the name of the building. To find room K. 2.27, go to K building on level 2, and find room number 27.
Getting to University and classes, especially at 8.00am, can be extremely difficult for some of you.
Here are some suggestions:
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. There are also secure bike storage options between G and R block, and L block. Access ranges from $20-$50 which is refundable at the end of the year when the key is returned to the Security Office in good order. To get access to the bike cage, call Security 07 838 4444.
RideLink - Carpooling
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, and those who car pool are eligible for special car pool parks 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 car parks on campus. The largest number are accessed through Gates 1, 2B and 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 8.30am during week days.
There are 52 accessible car parks available 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.
Pay and Display Meter Parking
There are 14 Pay & Display (P&D) meters situated in the Gate 1 carpark near the Medical Centre and 11 P&D metered spaces in Gate 5 at the rear of B Block. You can park here for up to 2.5 hours.
View the University's parking policies.
Several buses come onto or near campus to suit your commuting needs. The main bus terminal can be found behind the shops and another is located near Gate 9. You can purchase and charge up a Busit (concession) card from the bus driver.
The Orbiter bus service also provides you with an easy and convenient way of getting around the city without needing to go into the city centre. It runs clockwise and anti-clockwise and leaves from outside Gate 2, on Knighton Road.
Bus timetables are available online or call 0800 4 BUSLINE.
These are a good way to help fund your study and are open to a wide range of students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Sign up for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the scholarships office online to see what scholarships are available from the University of Waikato.
Student Loans and Student Allowances are available from StudyLink.
Student Loans can pay compulsory fees, course-related costs such as text books, and living costs. Student Allowances pay living costs. For more information visit StudyLink online or contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00.
Accommodation and Conference Services
Helps you find accommodation suited to your needs, and can provide advice on tenancy matters, plus lists of houses, flats, rooms and boarding options.
The Careers Office offers workshops on CV writing, job applications, interview techniques and career pathway planning, and this service is free to all students. There is also a Careers Fair held on campus.
The Lady Goodfellow Chapel is a place you can visit for quiet time and spiritual support.
Disability Support Service - Te Tari Kai Awhina Hauā
Provides information and services to assist you with your studies. Support is given to students who require note takers, alternative print formats, or the use of a sign language interpreter.
Early Childhood Education and Care
The University Crēche/Te Kura Kōhungahunga is situated opposite B Block on Hillcrest Road. The Crēche caters for children aged from 3 months to five years. Places are limited. Phone 838 4034 or visit the Campus Crēche online.
Financial Advisory Service
The Financial Advisory Service assists you if you need help in managing your budget or are in financial difficulties.
At Waikato University we have a number of staff in the International Services Office based in the Student Centre dedicated specifically to meeting the needs of our international students.
Te Puna Tautoko is a network of specialist support staff from across the University of Waikato.
Student Counselling Service
Aims to ensure that your time at University is the best it can be. Counsellors can help with a range of problems to help find solutions that suit you.
Student Job Search
Student Job Search is a free online service for students looking for part time/casual work during term time and part time/full time work over the summer holiday period. To register with SJS go to www.sjs.co.nz or phone 0800 757 562 or 04 471 1967 from mobiles.
Student Health Services - Te Huinga Waiora
Student Health Services have doctors, practice nurses and administrative support to look after your healthcare. The service is open Monday 9am - 5pm and Tuesday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm throughout the year. Student health is free for students who choose to enrol with the Student Health Practice.
The Security Services Centre is located in B Block Annex, between Te Piringa – Faculty of Law and B Block. Security can be contacted by email on email@example.com or phone 07 838 4444. In the case of an emergency contact security or locate a blue light emergency phone located around campus. Staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have lost or found any property, this is where you go.
Waikato Print provides a wide range of services including the sale of course readings, document finishing, and stationery and computer consumables. It also provides graphic design, printing and photography services.
Waikato Students' Union (WSU)
The Waikato Students' Union represents and advocates for students at the University and throughout New Zealand.Back to top