Pre-arrival checklist

This step-by-step checklist will help you to prepare yourself for University study. Make sure you have ticked everything off before the start of Orientation week. Being prepared will make things less stressful when you arrive on campus.

For help with any of the information below, email or call 0800 WAIKATO.

Finalise your papers and timetable
You can select your papers and view your timetable as part of your online application to enrol
Accept your offer of study and complete your enrolment
Your enrolment needs to be finalised before semester startsDifferent application and enrolment dates apply to some programmes.
Pay your tuition fees (if applicable)
If you have fees to pay, they need to be paid before semester starts to avoid a late payment penalty. Find out how to pay your fees or if you may be eligible for fees-free.
Apply for a Student Loan and Student Allowance (optional)
You can apply for a New Zealand Government Student Loan and/or Student Allowance through StudyLink.
Organise your accommodation
Make sure you’ve got your accommodation sorted. Check out our great range of on- and off-campus options.

Get your Student ID card
Once your enrolment is complete, we can create your new student ID card! All you need to do is email a photo of yourself to and we’ll let you know when your ID card is ready to be picked up. Just make sure your photo meets our photograph requirements.

Alternatively, we can take your photo for you in person if you visit us at one of the following locations:

  • Student Centre Team, Level 2, Student Centre, Hamilton campus
  • Information Centre at either the Windermere Campus or Bongard Centre in Tauranga
Plan your Orientation timetable
Orientation is an important part of the new student experience, so make sure you’re on campus at the start of semester to make the most of it.
Organise your transport to campus
As a Waikato student with a valid Student ID card, you’re entitled to a subsidised BUSIT! card which will give you 30% off all bus routes in Hamilton, plus many regional routes. Buy your BUSIT! card for just $5 from the Transport Centre on the corner of Bryce and Anglesea Streets, or from your bus driver. The University of Waikato also offers a heavily subsidised bus service between our Hamilton Campus and many outer-regions through the Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence programme.
On-campus parking
Parking charges apply on the Hamilton Campus Monday–Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm (except public holidays). Find out more on charges and how to pay.

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