Our campus is located in Tauranga’s CBD, just a short drive to the golden beaches of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa.
Located in the heart of Tauranga city, our CBD campus offers a modern, multipurpose space that features communal study spaces, a 24-hour computer lab, library, central atrium, lecture theatres and classrooms, Te Manawaroa (a multipurpose space also used for noho overnight stays), an Ātea (open courtyard) and a cafe for students to get their coffee fix with friends. Free Wi-Fi is available to all students on campus. Log into Eduroam.
Find out more about our campus hours, facilities, services, transport and parking and sport and wellbeing opportunities below.
The campus building is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm. Find out more about after hours access here.
The Tauranga campus is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 5:00pm. Outside of these times, you can access the building as follows:
- Monday - Friday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm – you will need your Student ID card to enter the building through any main entrance.
- Monday - Friday, 10:00pm - 7:30am and on Saturdays and Sundays – access only to the 24-hour computer lab, and rooms TCBD.1.27 and 1.30 if you have booked. You will need your Student ID card and pin number to enter the building through the entrance by the 24-hour lab, via the south side pathway off Durham Lane.
You need to use your Student ID card to access the building after-hours and when using the computer lab and other services. Find out how to get a Student ID card here.
Find out about our facilities available on campus and in Tauranga.
Situated on the Ground floor, there are six microwaves, a sink, access to boiled water and recycling stations. The kitchenette can be accessed Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 5.30pm.
Vending Machines & Filtered Cold Water
There are food vending machines in two locations on campus - opposite the 24-hour computer lab/library on Level 1 and in the student kitchenette on the Ground floor. Water fountains/stations are located on all levels near the toilet facilities on the Durham Street side of the building.
Café Ultimo is located on the Ground floor and is open Monday - Friday.
Toilets & Showers
Gender neutral toilet facilities are located on the Ground floor and Level 1. Separate male and female toilets are situated on Levels 1, 2 and 3. Accessibility toilets are on each level. Student showers are located on the Ground floor.
Recycling Stations & Worm Farms
Recycling bins are located near the toilet facilities on each level of the building. Please take care to place clean recycling in the correct bins as contaminated items will see the whole bin load sent to landfill.
As part of our efforts to reduce our waste outputs, we have partnered with WhyWaste to provide worm farms on campus. Two of the worm farms are located on the ground floor in the student kitchen. Please help us to keep the worms happy and healthy - refer to the signage as to what the worms can and can not eat.
Lockers, Secure Device Chargers & Charging Points
Lockers and secure device chargers are available on a six-hour timer and are situated on each level near the toilet facilities. Power points and USB chargers can be found built into the furniture and throughout the building on each level.
On Level 3, an outdoor deck offers a study and social space with seating and beanbags to chill out and enjoy spectacular views across the city.
Meeting rooms are available for groups of four or more students to book for 1-hour time slots. Room 1.20 is available Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 10pm, and rooms 1.27 and 1.30 are available from Monday - Friday, 5pm to 7.30am and on Saturdays and Sundays. To book, please follow this link.
The postgraduate room on level 4 is available to PhD students 24/7. There is a kitchenette adjacent to the room for student use.
Your Supervisor can request your access.
Students enrolled in a 120 point Masters (Research) may be granted access to the room if space is available. Your Supervisor should email a request to [email protected] for management consideration.
Coastal Marine Field Station
The Coastal Marine Field Station located in Sulphur Point is a hub for ground-breaking research being conducted in Tauranga Harbour and around the Bay of Plenty. Undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science will be taught by staff of the Field Station, and postgraduate students will undertake supervised field work and research. Students completing hands-on work will also have access to specialised equipment.
UoW Adams Centre for High Performance
The Adams Centre for High Performance located in Mount Maunganui contains the latest equipment for testing and research into sports science. Students studying health, sport and human performance will have access to an environmental chamber, high performance gym, recovery pools, science laboratory and sports medicine and rehabilitation services.
Find out more about our services on campus.
Student Services Team
Our Student Services Team is located in The Hub on Level 1, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. They are able to provide advice and support throughout your university journey.
Our Accommodation Coordinator can assist students looking for accommodation in Tauranga.
The University of Waikato is committed to providing equity in education. Our accessibility services provide support to impaired students to ensure that everyone has access to all areas of campus life. Find out more and register here.
The Library is located in the 24/7 computer lab on Level 1 (room 1.03), and can provide help with finding relevant resources, APA referencing and using EndNote. A small high-demand collection of books is held at the Tauranga Library and you will have access to the full range of e-resources. If you need a hard-copy resource from the Hamilton campus collection a librarian can request this for you and it will be sent across on the daily shuttle service. See Library Hours. Find out more about library services here.
A learning support advisor is available for 20-minute drop-ins from 11am - 1pm daily, or longer consultations if necessary. You can book an appointment online.
The Tauranga campus e-Tuts are students that support both staff and students with e-Learning tools such as the G Suite of Google products, Panopto, Mahara and TurnItIn.
Our ITS Tech Desk is located in The Hub on Level 1. IT support is available Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm. If the desk is unattended you can also call 0800 Waikato ext. 4008 for help. For teaching room support please use the phone in the room to call the hotline on 6066.
Te Pūoho ki Te Toka a Tirikawa Māori support, located in room 1.19 on Level 1, is a group of experienced university students or kaiāwhina from different schools of study. They have a wealth of knowledge and tips to help you successfully navigate your academic journey.
Health and Wellbeing Services
Our student health nurse, located in room 1.28 on Level 1, offers a wide range of services. Find out more about student health services here.
Career Development Services
Check out the range of career development tools and support we offer to our students, including our Employability Plus Programme (EPP).
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Waikato Students’ Union
The Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) is committed to ensuring you are heard on campus and get the best out of your university experience. A dedicated WSU representative is available to help students in need of independent advice, support with hardship issues or who want to start a club. WSU Tauranga is situated in room 1.21 on Level 1. Keep updated with news, events, giveaways and more via their Facebook page.
University chaplains are available for pastoral support regardless of your background or beliefs. If you need to talk to someone, Brother Andrew McKean visits the Tauranga campus regularly. Find out more about chaplaincy here.
Security is available 24/7 and can be contacted on 022 013 0840 for any security issues and lost property.
Textbooks & Course Readings
You may be required to purchase textbooks or course readings for the papers you are enrolled in. Required and recommended texts and readings are listed in your Paper Outline/s. We recommend not purchasing anything until after you have attended your first lecture as your lecturer will advise whether this is necessary.
You choose where you purchase your textbooks from and whether you want to buy new or secondhand.
Campus Books is located on the Hamilton campus, but Tauranga students can purchase books from their website www.campusbooks.nz and have them sent to Tauranga campus free of charge at the checkout. Collect them from the Information desk in The Hub on Level 1.
There are a number of places for purchasing second-hand textbooks. One place you might like to check out Waikato Uni Textbook Trader on Facebook.
Purchasing Course Readings
Every student can order Course Materials via uow.mediacentre.co.nz.
- Once logged in, go to Products > Course Materials.
- All current available course materials will be listed.
- Choose your materials and add them to the cart.
- Once you have selected all your course materials, go to checkout.
- Check Order List is correct - Continue Checkout.
- Select your Delivery Method - delivery (courier to an address) or pick up (from the Print Shop, Hamilton Campus). Tauranga students can collect from The Hub.
- Complete the Payment Method.
- You will then receive an email with confirmation of your order.
If there is an issue with your order, please email: [email protected].
There is a small, dynamic, high-demand, collection of books held in our Tauranga campus library, supported by the full range of our e-resource collections. All library resources can be found by using Library Search.
Tauranga staff and students may also access hard-copy material from the Hamilton campus collection, which will be sent across on the daily shuttle service. Check with the Tauranga librarians in TCBD.1.03 for textbook availability.
Transport & Parking
Find out about our various transport and parking options including bike rack, the Kaimai Shuttle and our Regional Bus service.
We encourage our students to use transport options such as public transport, Uber, car-sharing and cycling.
There are more than 40 bike racks available around campus and under cover in the Bongard Centre basement.
A secure storage facility for approximately 48 bikes/scooters is located underneath 184 Cameron Road (opposite the CBD campus, Durham Lane side, to the left of the 'Kotahitanga' mural by Mr G). Students need to request swipe card access from the Student Services team in The Hub in person, by email or phone 07 262 0500. It will take up to 24 hours for access to be actioned. Students should also secure their bike/scooter within the storage facility.
There are two showers on the ground level of the CBD campus for student use.
To find out more information about cycling in Tauranga, please visit the Tauranga City Council Cycling Network website.
There is no on-campus parking available. If you plan to drive to campus, there are free carparks in the city centre. There's a two-hour time limit in many of the surrounding streets - you are then required to move your car. There are also pay-parking options available. Find out more here.
Students are reminded not to park in private sparking space or retail parks to prevent their vehicles from being ticketed, towed or clamped. The visitor parks outside the 24-hour labs are strictly for visitors to the campus during business hours. They may be also be reserved for visitors attending after-hours events.
There are two mobility parks at the CBD campus, located outside the Durham Lane entrance, as well as Tauranga City Council mobility parks on-street, off-street and in parking buildings. Visit our Drive to Campus page for more information.
Buses, the Kaimai Shuttle & Regional Bus Service
Most buses transit through the bus depot on Willow Street, a short walk from campus. Find out more here.
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 Bay of Plenty Regional Bus Service is a free daily service for students who live in the areas of Katikati, Rotorua and Whakatāne. To use this service, tap on with your Bee Card and make sure to carry your Student ID.
Carpooling and RideLink
Carpooling is a great option for travelling sustainably. Here is carpooling informationput together by NZTA. It has a couple of national carpooling services as well as links to the University of Waikato’s RideLink page. Spread the word, these services are most valuable when their user base increases.
Join the Wednesday Challenge in 2022!
Change the way you travel to the Tauranga campus on Wednesdays throughout 2022 and reap the rewards.
Instead of sitting in traffic by yourself choose a different travel mode that's better for you, the environment and the city.
Whether you walk, run, cycle, scooter, skate, bus, ferry, carpool or study/work from home - you can save money, time and stress being stuck in traffic, get fit, have fun and be in to win some great prizes.
For more information and to sign up, visit wednesdaychallenge.co.nz
Sport & Wellbeing
Find out about our sport and wellbeing opportunities on and around campus.
Sport & Wellbeing
Getting involved in sport on campus is a great way to enhance your university experience. Whether you are a high performance athlete, a social exerciser, or someone who hasn’t played sport in years, we’ve got sporting options, fitness and wellbeing, and facilities available to students in Tauranga.
Health & Wellbeing Services
Our Student Health Nurse, located in room 1.28 on Level 1, offers a wide range of services. Find out more about student health services here.