Our main campus is located in the vibrant, multicultural city of Hamilton, with outdoor activities, shopping malls and eateries only a short drive away.
The river city has plenty to offer while you study here, to make your university experience one of a kind. On campus you'll find everything you need and more, including our state of the art Student Centre, sporting facilities, cafes, shops and ample parking. Look below to find out more about our main facilities, services, sports and fitness opportunities and cafes and shops you can find while studying on our Hamilton Campus.
Find out what facilities we have on campus.
Te Manawa - Student Centre
Our eco-friendly Student Centre contains two libraries, high-tech computer labs, student learning support, an Information Desk for enquiries and enrolments, Campus Books bookstore, a Momento Cafe, and hang out spaces for students.
The Library – Te Whare Pukapuka
The Library consists of the Central Library and Law Library, both of which can be found in the Student Centre. These also offer quiet and group study spaces. The Teaching Resources Library is located in the School of Education.
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
All our students studying performance programmes in music, theatre, dance and Māori will learn in our specialist venues and teaching rooms in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The Academy also hosts music concerts, theatre and dance performances, art and photography exhibitions, festivals and student balls.
Lady Goodfellow Chapel
Opposite UniRec and next to one of the beautiful campus lakes, the Lady Goodfellow Chapel is available to students as a place to meet, worship, reflect or use as a quiet place to study. Two chaplains are available if you need someone to talk to.
We have over 1,300 bike spaces including bike racks, covered areas and lockable storage units.
On-campus parking is available to students at a maximum cost of $2 per day. Students can also purchase a parking permit for the whole semester. We encourage students to consider alternative forms of transport to campus, with preferential carpool parking.
Find out what services are available on campus.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services offers nurse consultations, doctor appointments, prescriptions, mental health support and counselling services to students enrolled with us. Open 8.30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9.30am-5pm on Wednesday.
Security Services Centre is located in the B Block Annex and are responsible for ensuring the Hamilton Campus is a safe and secure environment for all our staff and students. Security staff patrol the campus and can be contacted 24/7, on 07 838 4444 or by using one of the emergency phones located around the campus.
Waikato Students’ Union
The Waikato Students’ Union is committed to ensuring you are heard on campus, and get the best out of your university experience. They provide advocacy services as well as advice around budgeting and more. WSU is located in the Student Union Building and are open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Campus Crèche is a not-for-profit community childcare centre, located on the University of Waikato campus, providing childcare for staff, students and the general public. They have five different centres that cater for different age groups. Call 07 838 4034 for more information.
Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka
Kaimai Shuttle and Regional Bus Service
The Kaimai Shuttle is a free service for students who need to travel between regions for university matters. Students must register to use this service. The Waikato Regional Bus Service is a free daily service for students who live in the wider Waikato region. To use this service. simply show your student ID.
Sports and Fitness
Find out about our Sports and Fitness opportunities on campus.
Our on-campus gym, UniRec, is one of the best-equipped gyms with weights and cardio equipment, personal trainers, exercise classes, physiotherapy services, a sports hall, and endless pools. If you don’t want to commit UniRec offers flexible memberships, and membership is discounted for University of Waikato students.
The University of Waikato Pool
We have an Olympic-sized main pool and a circular dive pool available to students for casual use, located via Gate 4 on Hillcrest Road.
The sealed court areas beside the Pavilion hosts two basketball courts year-round, four tennis courts during summer, and one tennis court and three floodlit netball courts during winter. Two squash courts are also available, with 24-hour swipe card access once membership is purchased at UniRec.
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 other students, make new friends and keep fit. Our University of Waikato Sport team manages the Social Sport league on our Hamilton campus and offers indoor and outdoor games in netball, touch rugby, futsal and six-a-side football.
The School of Education gym and mirrored dance room is available for bookings. Email [email protected] for more information.
Cafes & Shops
Find out what cafes and shops are on campus.
Bongo Cafe is located in the campus shopping complex. They have a variety of food including hot meals and a ‘select your own’ sushi bar. Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Campus Books bookstore is where you can buy your university textbooks and stationery. It is located in the Student Centre. Open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Tauranga based students can purchase books from the website and have them sent to Tauranga campus free of charge.
The Campus Pharmacy is located in the campus shopping complex. As well as fulfilling prescriptions and selling over-the-counter medicine and first aid, you can also buy stamps, post bags and envelopes. Open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Kahurangi Cafe is located in the ground floor of the Oranga building, and offers a variety of cafe-style cabinet food and coffee. Open 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Located in the Village Green, Namaste Kitchen offers a range of Indian food. Open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
Opus Cafe and Bar
Opus Cafe and Bar is located in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. They are open when performances and concerts are held in the Academy, for pre-show drinks and nibbles.
Pita Pit is located on the ground level of the Student Centre and offers a range of pitas, salads and juices. Open 10:30am-2:30pm Monday to Thursday.
Sue's Cafe is located in the ground floor of the Oranga building, and offers a variety of Asian-food including 'order made' Donburi, noodle and ramen as well. Open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday
Uni-Mart is located in the campus shopping complex and sells drinks, chips, confectionery and grocery items. Open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
Our entire Hamilton campus is smokefree.