Parking fees and transport options
The most sustainable, healthy and affordable way to get to campus is to walk, cycle or take the bus. But we understand these options aren’t always a possibility so if you need to park your car on the Hamilton campus, here are some things to know.
Parking rates and times
Parking charges apply on the Hamilton campus Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm (except public holidays). General parking outside of these times is free. Motorcycle parking is free at all times in the designated M/C parking areas.
One day (24 hours from time of purchase)
|One week* (seven consecutive days from time of purchase)||$6|
|Student A & B Semester concessions|
|One semester* – purchased at machine, requires a student ID number (expires at the end of the semester)||$60|
|Halls of Residence student permits*|
|One semester Halls of Residence permit - available from the Accommodation office (expires at the end of the semester)||$60|
|One year Halls of Residence permit (includes access to reserved halls parking) - available from the Accommodation office (expires at the end of the B Semester)||$120|
*Weekly and semester parking concessions and Halls permits don’t guarantee you a parking spot if the carparks are full. The semester option is only available to current students enrolled at the University of Waikato and is not applicable to staff members. See staff parking options.
Where to park and how to pay
- Find a park in any of the general parking areas in Gates 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b or 10 (see map). You cannot park in a numbered/named park because these are reserved for permit holders at all times (clamping fees apply).
- Go to the nearest silver payment machine:
- Enter your licence plate number
- Select tariff option (day, week, semester)
- Enter your student ID number (for the semester rate only).
- Select payment method. Machines are either:
- eftpos + credit/debit/Paywave, or
- coin + credit/debit/Paywave
- A receipt is available on request, but you don’t need to display it on your cars dashboard (your licence plate number is proof that you have paid).
There is also a small number of short-term parks in Gate 5 off Hillcrest Road, and in the main carpark in Gate 1 off Knighton Road – these parks use the a Pay & Display system (blue machines) and are generally for visitors or people in a hurry.
Staff can choose to pay for a reserved Numbered Park, or an annual Licence to Hunt (LTH) permit that allows them to continue parking in the designated staff parking areas - see the FAQs for more details. Staff can also choose to use the Pay-by Plate option and park in the general parking areas if they don’t bring their car to campus regularly. Work out the best option for you.
Carpool to campus
Carpooling saves you money by splitting the cost of driving and parking among several commuters. It’s also a good way to meet new people, and better for the environment.
The University provides preferential parking areas in Gates 1 and 10 for people that share rides to campus. These parking spaces are labelled as reserved for registered RideLink permit holders. RideLink can also put you in touch with other staff and students offering or looking for a ride in your area. Find out more about RideLink.
Let's Carpool, the award-winning national carpooling scheme, makes it easy to find other commuters in your area. This is a public site that will put you in touch with other drivers/passengers who use a similar route. Find out more or register at Lets Carpool
Catch the bus to campus
There are currently several bus routes that come to or near the University.
- Route 13 (University) and Route 17 (Ham East/Uni) go between the city Transport Centre to the heart of the campus near the shops.
- The Orbiter service circles the city clockwise and anti-clockwise and stops on Knighton Road outside Gate 2.
- Route 2 (Silverdale) stops a short distance from the campus on Hillcrest Road (near St John’s College)
- The Cambridge Route 20 also stops a short distance from campus, near the Hillcrest Warehouse.
Visit www.busit.co.nz to find out more about bus routes, fares and timetables.
Discounted Hamilton bus fares
Thanks to an agreement with the Waikato Regional Council, University staff and students receive a 30% subsidy on the normal BUSIT card fare. Just show your University of Waikato student or staff ID card to the driver.
Cycling and walking to campus
For those who live close to campus, cycling or walking is a cheap and sustainable transport option, and you’ll keep fit doing it. Hamilton City Council is constantly improving cycle and walk ways around and through the city.
The University has more than 1300 bike racks on campus. It also offers secure bike storage cages between G and R block, underneath L block, and on the ground level of C block. The bond for an access key ranges from $20-$50 per year which is refundable when it’s returned to the Security Office. To get access to a bike cage, call Security on 07 838 4444 or visit them in the BX building. Showers and changing room facilities are also available at various locations around campus.
If you have any questions that are not addressed in either of the FAQs above, contact us at email@example.com