Student Centre - Te Manawa

Opened in 2011, the Student Centre is a state-of-the-art multi-functional facility that provides students with a student-centred learning environment, combining traditional library resources with hi-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 Student Centre provides you with the following services:

Library Student Administration
Group Meeting Rooms Payments
Computer Facilities Shops
Photocopiers, printers and scanners

Library - Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

The Student Centre houses the University’s Central Library and Law Library. The Library is housed on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Student Centre.

Student Centre Foyer

Level 2:

Level 3:

  • Books
  • Journals

Level 4:

Library Equipment and Facilities

The Library provides a wide range of equipment and study spaces to ensure that you can use various media from our collections and also have the facilities to study, read and prepare assignments.

Study and Research Help

The Library offers specialised study and research assistance through a range of channels, including online guides to just about all-things library.

Group Meeting Rooms

The Student Centre has several rooms available for groups to use. These rooms provide a place where groups can work without disturbing other Library users. There are also Group Study Booths suitable for 2-4 people which have power for plugging in computers.

Find out more about Group Meeting Rooms and Group Study Booths.

Equipment such as wireless laptops, whiteboard pens and erasers, and tape recorders can be borrowed from the Customer Service Desk on Level 2.

Book a Group Meeting Room

Computer Facilities

Computer Facilities

There are approximately 180 computers in the Student Centre 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.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to set up your internet access – there are machines in the Student Centre where you can do this. You can also add money to your internet, photocopying and printing accounts at these registration and pay stations on Level 2.

See Student Centre Computer Availability.

Computers with Chinese, Japanese and Korean Characters

All the computers in the Student Centre are set up so that web pages in Chinese, Japanese or Korean may be viewed in Internet Explorer. There is Microsoft Office software on all computers that also supports Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters.

Photocopiers, Printers and Scanners

There are printers, scanners and photocopy machines on each floor of the Student Centre. These are activated by using your University ID card. When using scanners, students are advised to save scanned images to their Student Home Share or to a USB stick.

For visitors to the Student Centre, there is a coin operated photocopier on Level 2.


The University Payment Office is located on level 2 of the Student Centre. The following can be paid here:

  • Tuition fees
  • Library invoices
  • Payment for replacement ID cards
  • Academic records
  • Transfer of credits
  • Course related costs including lab coats and science equipment
  • Student visas for International students
  • Car clamp fines

Student Assistance

The Student Administration Desk is located on Level 2 of the Student Centre. Come here if you need any help, including the following:

  • All student enquiries
  • Academic records
  • Academic credit
  • Enrolment
  • StudyLink liaison
  • ID Cards
  • Assessment
  • Graduation
  • International Student Services


The following retail shops are located in the Student Centre:

  • Momento Café (Level 2)
  • Bennetts University Bookshop (Level 1): This is where you can buy your University text books and all your stationery requirements.
  • Pita Pit (Ground level)
  • Texas Radio (Ground level)
  • Dezigner Hair (Ground level)

Award-winning building

Award-winning Building

The Student Centre opened in late 2011 after a $30 million transformation that turned the old Library into a one-stop shop and the heart of the campus.

The building was opened by the Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, a University of Waikato alumnus.

The transformation project took three years, but resulted in a stunning building which has achieved five green stars. It was the first educational building in New Zealand to win this status from the New Zealand Green Building Council; the rating recognises the environmental and sustainable features of the Student Centre design. The building has gone on to win several awards since then.

The Student Centre has photo-voltaic panels and energy-generating lifts which create energy for the building; sophisticated lighting and heating controls; carpet, ceiling tiles, and furniture with as much recycled content as possible; high levels of natural light; and rainwater collected from the roof is stored on site and recycled through toilets.

It is a stunning, multi-purpose space that is enjoyed by students, staff and visitors.

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