Information for parents and whānau

University is an exciting chapter in any student's life, and as a parent, you will play a key role in advising and supporting your child through their transition to tertiary study.

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Why choose the University of Waikato?

There are many reasons why the University of Waikato is the best place for your child to experience the rewards and challenges of tertiary study:

  1. Our students receive a world-class education

    The University of Waikato is a consistent climber in the most prestigious international rankings. We've risen 127 places in the QS World University Rankings in five years, and the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings brought us up to the third equal in New Zealand.

  2. Your child matters

    We are known as one of the friendliest universities in New Zealand. In our down-to-earth university community, we welcome and support everyone, as it’s important that each student has an enjoyable, safe and prosperous university experience.

  3. Our students learn from the best

    Our teaching staff are world-leading, with vast knowledge and experience in their respective fields. Our academics are known for conducting groundbreaking research and achieving world firsts.

  4. Culturally connected and diverse

    We recognise and value the diversity of our students, we have many support services available to ensure your experience at Waikato is a great one.

  5. Unique university experience

    From the moment you step onto our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses, you know you’re in a great place. Our campuses have everything students need during their studies - a library, lecture theatres, student support services, cafes, banks, a gym, swimming pools, and more.

Choosing a course

Find the right fit

There are many ways to determine what degree would best suit your child, but a good place to start is considering what school subjects they are good at and enjoy, and then checking out the subjects that are available at Waikato.

Get the right advice

Some students are very clear on what they want to study, and others are unsure - either way, it can be very helpful to get some advice. Come along to one of our Information Sessions or book an appointment with one of our Future Student Advisers to chat about your child's study options, accommodation, scholarships and to ask any other questions that you may have about Waikato.

Phone: 07 838 4007
Email: [email protected]

NCEA subject selection

Choosing the right subjects can be important for being accepted into particular courses at the university. Read the entry requirements for the various degree programmes that your child may be considering. There may be specific prerequisites or NCEA subjects that should be taken.

Entry requirements

There are several ways students can gain admission to study at the University of Waikato, find out more.

Fees and costs

Fees are calculated individually so that students pay a fee that reflects the papers that they choose. Each paper that is offered by the University has a separate tuition fee and fees are adjusted annually.

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Halls of Residence

At the University of Waikato, we have four Halls of Residence, our Halls are the ideal place for first-year students to settle into University life.

With full academic and social orientation, all meals provided, Halls events, academic tutoring, social support and 24/7 campus security your child will be well taken care of.

Learn more about our Halls of Residence, and which hall best suits the needs of your child.


We offer a generous range of school leaver, sports, arts and leadership scholarships to financially assist students with their studies.

School leaver scholarships

Supporting your child

University is a whole new experience for students, many will be getting to know a completely new city, along with fitting into the university culture, campus lifestyle and making new friends.

  1. Prepare

    Prepare your child to be financially responsible so they understand the stresses and strains of living on a limited budget. Teaching your child how to budget effectively will help enormously.

  2. Support

    Support your child to do the very best they can in their studies. Provide guidance where necessary while letting them take responsibility to know what is expected of them

  3. Encourage

    Encourage your child to make the most of their time at University. There are plenty of extracurricular activities that students can get involved with to complement their overall university experience. Students can sign up to clubs and connect with student groups and societies.

  4. Motivate

    Motivate your child to look after their health while at University. As a parent, you can encourage your child to adopt good physical activity habits and make healthy food choices. Creating healthy habits early will bring lifelong benefits.

  5. Familiarise

    Familiarise yourself with the resources available at University to support your child. If a problem arises you can then recommend the appropriate University services to your child and encourage them to reach out. Your child will appreciate the support you give them.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact our Future Student Advisors who will be happy to answer any queries about studying at Waikato.

Phone: 07 838 4007
Email: [email protected]

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