Waikato Students' Union represents the student voice on general matters, while other students' associations deal with more specific aspects of student life. Clubs and societies provide a fun, social way to enjoy shared interests and hobbies.
Waikato Students' Union (WSU)
Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) has been representing the interests of its members since 1977. With more than 10,000 members, WSU have significant bargaining power in University matters, and all WSU services are available to all students of the University of Waikato.
The WSU is located at the Student Union Building (SUB) which is next to the Village Green and close to the bus stop. The opening hours of the WSU office are 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday while the University is open.
A diverse range of associations bring together students who study the same subject, have similar cultural or faith backgrounds, or have other things in common. Below are some of the key division/faculty associations.
Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences
- Waikato University Law Students' Association (WULSA) can provide you with advocacy, support and representation services. All new law students are automatically members, free of charge.
- Pacific Law Students' Association (PLSA) is a valuable and positive platform for Pacific Law students to establish bonds and networks with a wide range of pacific peoples.
- Te Whakahiapo fosters a whānau atmosphere to appropriately manage Māori issues within the Te Piringa Faculty of Law environment.
- University of Waikato's Women In Law Association (WILA) supports female law students and hosts activities that enhance the role of women in society and at Te Piringa Faculty of Law.
- Waikato University Psychology Students' Association welcomes all students from the University of Waikato with an interest in psychology.
Division of Education
Waikato University Teaching Association (WUTA) aims to provide opportunities for like minded, ambitious education students to develop their teaching philosophy through insights from industry leaders.
Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science
- Waikato Science Club (WSc), formerly the Waikato University Science Students' Association, organises social, voluntary, and professional events for Waikato students interested in science.
- STEM Pacific and Maori aims to provide support, network and success for Pacific and Māori students studying science, technology, engineering and maths.
Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Te Waiora aims to provide an environment, particularly for Māori students, to feel comfortable and unified in a University setting by developing whānaungatanga and rangatiratanga through Wānanga, Kapa Haka and participation in Kaupapa Māori at the University.
Waikato Management School
- Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA) exists to help students bridge the gap between classroom theory and the actual business environment.
- Management Communication Students' Association (MCSA) aims to help prepare public relations, management communication and marketing students for success within their chosen field by linking them with industry professionals.
- Pacific Islands Management Students Association (PIMSA) has a vision to be the leading connection group for Pacific Island students within the Waikato Management School, facilitating and maximising their experience.
- Te Ranga Ngaku (TRN) endeavours to provide academic, cultural and social support to Māori students studying at least one paper through Waikato Management School.
For a full list of student associations, visit the Waikato Students' Union website
Clubs, societies and rōpū
The University has a huge range of clubs, societies and rōpū offering the chance to meet other students with shared interests, including sports, cultural activities, and politics.
Groups are registered with the Waikato Students' Union, which provides small annual grants to support club activities.
To find a club, visit the Waikato Students' Union website.