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. University on a human scale

    We are known as one of the friendliest universities in New Zealand. It is important to us that each student has an enjoyable, safe and supportive university experience and feels welcome in our university community.

  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 ground-breaking research and achieving world firsts. We provided New Zealand’s first connection to the internet in 1989 and have continued to lead the way since.

  4. Flexible degree structures

    Flexible degree structures mean students can choose a qualification that combines interests with career goals. If you wish, you can do a double major or a conjoint degree. A double major is where you study one degree but focus on two different subjects in depth within that degree. A conjoint degree is best suited to those wanting to study two very distinct fields, e.g. science and management.

  5. 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. All of our undergraduate qualifications offer a cultural perspectives element to give students skills, confidence and capabilities in understanding their own and other cultures, in order to work and contribute effectively within increasingly diverse local and global contexts.

  6. An exciting university experience

    From the moment you step onto our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses, you know you’re in a great place. Our picturesque campuses have everything students need during their studies - a library, lecture theatres, student support services, cafés, banks, a gym and swimming pools are located on campus or close to it.

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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At The University of Waikato, we have some of the cheapest university student accommodation in New Zealand. Our affordable on-campus Halls of Residence are the ideal place for first year students to settle into university life. We have Bryant Hall, College Hall and Student Village. Each of these are full-catered and come fully furnished. For more information, head to the Halls of Residence page.


Located conveniently in Selwyn Street, right across the road from the CBD campus, our new University managed accommodation complex consists of 90 standard and 3 accessibility studio rooms, complete with en suite bathrooms. Each floor has shared social spaces that provide stunning views across the harbour. Communal areas are located on the basement level and an attractive outdoor area is a great place to relax and enjoy the great weather that Tauranga is famous for. For more information, head to the Halls of Residence page.

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.


Our scholarships reward academic ability, leadership potential, sporting skills and creative and performing arts talent. With over 100 types of scholarships, there really is one for every student to apply for. Head over to our scholarship finder to see what scholarships are available.

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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