Student experience

Waikato has a reputation for being the friendliest university in New Zealand. Our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga are bursting with life and energy.

First-year students

Find out about the different services available, make new friends, as well as make a start on your studies.

Our campuses

Get to know your campuses and discover the range of services and facilities available to you at Waikato.

Waikato OE

Travel the world while completing your Waikato degree, with our Waikato OE programme.

Māori students

Waikato stands out from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage as key features of its distinctiveness.

Pacific students

At Waikato, we offer a diverse and supportive network of student services that you can access as a Pacific student.

International students

We have a diverse group of people with different cultures and ideas, which creates a vibrant student atmosphere.

Sport & fitness

With a vast range of sports clubs, sporting facilities (including an esports arena) and an on-campus gym, it's easy to get involved in sport and fitness at Waikato.

Student clubs and groups

There are a variety of student-run clubs and societies for you to join, ranging from academic and cultural clubs to sports and religion.


Orientation is an exciting time to get familiar with your campus, make new friends, and get yourself set up for the start of a busy year.