Hamilton campus facilities, shops, and services
Our main campus is located in the vibrant, multicultural city of Hamilton. On campus, you'll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and a number of services and facilities, including our state-of-the-art student centre, fantastic sporting facilities, a number of cafes and eateries, car parking and subsidised bus services.
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 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
The Library consists of the Central Library and Law Library located in the Student Centre, and the Teaching Resources Library located in the TL Block of the Faculty of Education. Find out more about our library.
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
A specially designed centre for the performing arts, the Academy provides venues and teaching rooms for performance programmes in music, theatre, dance and Māori, and houses a range of art exhibitions and contemporary New Zealand paintings from the Wallace Collection. The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts hosts music concerts, theatre and dance performances, art and photography exhibitions, festivals and balls.
Lady Goodfellow Chapel
The Lady Goodfellow Chapel (opposite the Rec Centre) overlooks one of the University's beautiful lakes. It is in a tranquil setting and is a place where you can come aside for a while for quiet contemplation. In addition to weddings, funerals and baptisms, many other activities take place in the Chapel.
We have over 1,300 bike spaces including bike racks, covered areas and lockable storage units.
There is on-campus parking for students at a maximum cost of $2 a day. Students also have the option of purchasing a parking permit for $60 a semester.
Fancy a bite to eat or in desperate need of that morning coffee? On campus you'll find a selection of cafes and food outlets, with hot and cold food options available including; salads, sushi, Indian, burgers and much more! There will be something on-campus to soothe your appetite. Our current food outlets include:
Bongo Café is situated in the campus shopping complex. They have a variety of food including a ‘select your own’ sushi bar. They are open throughout the year.
Situated in the Oranga building, offers a variety of café-style food and coffee.
Pita Pit is situated on the ground level of the Student Centre and offers a range of pitas, salads, juices and salads. They are open throughout the year.
Momento Café and Bar
Momento is situated in three locations on the campus: School of Management, Student Centre and in the campus shopping complex. They sell coffee and café-style food and are open throughout the year.
FEDU Café is situated in the Faculty of Education and offers a variety of café-style food. They are open during the semester.
Namaste Kitchen is situated in the Student Union Building. They offer a range of Indian food.
Opus Café and Bar
Opus Café and Bar is located in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and offers café-style food and beverages.
The Don Llewellyn Bar and Pavilion (The Don), will now be operating regularly as a cash bar for staff and students on Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm. A great venue on campus to catch up with friends for a drink and some snacks after class! (located next to our tennis courts).
ASB Bank has a branch and an ATM located at the campus shopping complex. Westpac also has an ATM located at the shopping complex.
Bennetts Bookstore is where you can buy your university textbooks and all your stationery requirements. It is located in the Student Centre.
Campus Creche is a not-for-profit community based centre, located on the University of Waikato grounds, providing a service to the general public as well as University staff and students. Creche has five individual centres that cater for different aged children. Contact
The campus pharmacy is located in the campus shopping complex. You can also buy stamps, post bags, envelopes and get your photo processing done there. Open 8.30am - 5pm Monday-Friday, contact
Dezigner Hair has the latest in salon looks, with extra special in-salon treatments to ensure you enjoy the very best of care and hairdressing. They are located on the ground level of the Student Centre. Contact
Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka
The on campus kōhanga was established in 1989 to service the children of staff and students at Waikato and is one of just three ECE teacher-led kōhanga in the country. 30 years on, Ngā Kuaka maintains its reputation as producing the highest level of reo in its tamariki of any kōhanga. Fill out an enquiry form for more information.
Security and safety
The University Security Services Centre is located in B Block Annex (between Te Piringa – Faculty of Law and B Block). The centre is responsible for ensuring that all students and staff are provided with a safe and secure environment. Unisafe staff patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be contacted on
Lost property is also located in the Security Services Centre. If you have lost or found any property, this is where you go.
STA Travel is the largest student and young person travel company in the world and is conveniently located in the campus shopping complex at the University. They specialise in cheap flights, round the world trips, working holidays and much more. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, contact
Student Health Services
Uni-Mart is located in the campus shopping complex and sells drinks, chips, confectionery and grocery items. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.
Purchase your course readings at Waikato Print. They also offer photocopying, laminating, binding, large banner printing and fax services. Contact
Students have access to a wide range of sports facilities at our Hamilton campus, including a 50-metre swimming pool, a dive pool, tennis, squash and netball courts, indoor cricket facility and the largest university sports fields in New Zealand!
Our on-campus gym, UniRec, is one of the best-equipped gyms in the Waikato region with weights and cardio equipment, group exercise classes, endless pools, squash courts and a sports hall. They offer flexible memberships and student discounts.
The University of Waikato Pool
Consisting of an Olympic sized main pool and a circular dive pool, the University of Waikato pools are located via Gate 4, Hillcrest Road. These pools are available for casual use and can be booked for school and community sports events and training.
Netball, tennis, and squash courts form part of the Pavilion facilities. The sealed court areas adjacent to the Pavilion hosts eight tennis courts during the summer months (reduced to two over winter) and four floodlit netball courts during the winter. Two squash courts are available at the Pavilion, via 24-hour key access. There is also a covered three-wicket facility.
Sport at Waikato
Sport at Waikato run a large number of clubs that are based on campus, including rugby, hockey, rowing, soccer and netball.
Social sport is a great way to meet like-minded people, make new friends and keep fit. Social sport offers indoor and outdoor leagues in netball, touch, futsal and six-a-side football.
The School of Education gym and mirror dance room is available for bookings, please email email@example.com for more info.