Tauranga campus student services

Our Tauranga campus is located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, surrounded by eateries, shopping and accommodation options. The campus itself is a brand-new multi-level building, featuring all the same student services as the Hamilton campus, with the advantage of being in the middle of the city.

Find out more about the Tauranga campus development.

CBD campus

As a Tauranga student you will study in a brand-new four-storey campus building that features communal study and social spaces, 24-hour computer labs, central atrium, lecture theatres and classrooms, a noho centre called Te Manawaroa, and an open courtyard. A café is available for all your coffee needs and a student kitchen provides facilities to heat meals.

Campus transport and parking

We encourage our students to take transport options such as public transport, Uber, car-sharing and cycling. Bike racks and showers are available for those who choose to cycle to campus. If you plan to drive to campus, there is parking available from $3 per day in public car parks. A Katikati Bus2Uni will run from the Katikati township with selected stops along State Highway 2 through to Bethlehem.

Coastal Marine Field Station

The Coastal Marine Field Station 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 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.

Library services

The Tauranga Library is located in the 24/7 computer lab on Level 1 of The Hub, 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. Open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday (Tuesday and Wednesdays until 6pm).

Māori support

Te Toka Student Support offers Māori students assistance in settling into their university experience at the Tauranga campus, and provides information on systems and procedures, pastoral services and academic help.

Waikato Students’ Union - Tauranga

The Waikato Students’ Union is committed to ensuring you are heard on campus, and get the best out of your university experience. The WSU have a dedicated representative on Level 1 of the Tauranga campus who is available to help students in need of advice, support with hardship issues or who want to start a club.

Student learning support

A learning support adviser is available for 20-minute drop-ins from 11am-1pm daily, or longer consultations if necessary.

Health and wellbeing services

A student health nurse offers free health checks, treatment of minor injuries, advice on sexual health and tests, and support with mental health and stress. She can also arrange referrals to specialist services. Open 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Thursday.

Rainbow Corner

The Rainbow Corner is based on Level 1 of The Hub, near the Waikato Students’ Union, and is available to all students in Tauranga. It provides all the resources you may need when finding support regarding your sexuality or gender identity.


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 often.

Gym memberships

Gym memberships are available for our Tauranga students through our partner gym providers: The Gym and Toi Ohomai Aquatic and Fitness Centre.

Drop-in Sport

The Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEYC) hosts free drop-in sport sessions for basketball, netball, table tennis or badminton. Sessions are open to all students from 9am-5pm, Monday to Sunday. A University of Waikato student ID is required and all equipment is provided.

Social sport

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 Hamiton campus and offers indoor and outdoor games in netball, touch rugby, futsal and six-a-side football.

Sport at Waikato

Sport at Waikato run a large number of clubs that are based on campus, including rugby, hockey, rowing, soccer and netball.