The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio. With around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff, we offer a distinctive and rewarding university experience, while pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

The University of Waikato opened in 1964 after many years of energetic lobbying by a group of Hamilton locals, determined to have a university in their city. To begin with, facilities were sparse, but in early 1965 new buildings were officially opened by then Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson. Sir Don Llewellyn was founding Vice-Chancellor.

We're committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and rewarding academic experience at Waikato, no matter how long or short your time with us. Experience smaller class sizes, friendly staff, and a welcoming community. Almost all courses are open to study abroad and exchange students, making it easy to get the credits your need. Our programmes are industry relevant and offer opportunities in internships, research, and leadership, allowing you to put your learning into practice while building up your networks.

In our culture, we celebrate our indigenous people, Maori, and their cultures and traditions are woven into various aspects of New Zealand life. At the airport, spot Maori translations on signage, and during your travels take the opportunity to watch a spine-tingling haka (traditional war dance) performance. Waikato proudly has the highest percentage of Maori domestic students compared to the other New Zealand universities.


Scholarships & funding

The University of Waikato offers several scholarships and bursaries for international students.  Some require an application while others are applied automatically. Contact the university for more information.


Hamilton is well positioned near the centre of the North Island and close to New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, and beaches, forests and mountains. The surfing town of Raglan is only 45 minutes drive away.

Tauranga is on the coast with golden sand beaches at your doorstep. You will be spoilt for rock pools, swimming, and surfing spots and you're located close to cultural hot spot and geothermal city, Rotorua.

Student lifestyle

The Waikato student experience is memorable. We have a diverse group of people with different cultures and ideas, which creates a vibrant student atmosphere. With our range of student clubs and on and off-campus events, you will many opportunities to create lasting memories and forever friends. Join our buddy programme and learn from a local about living in Hamilton. Volunteer through our specially designed programme, all while gaining the opportunity to attend workshops and participate at university events.


Choosing the right accommodation will help you transition smoothly to university life, get stuck into your studies and start building lifelong memories and friendships. There are various options available to students looking for affordable accommodation at both campuses.

  • Halls of Residence
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Home-stays (living with a local family)
  • Flatting and private renting
  • Summer accommodation


The University of Waikato

Gate 1, Knighton Road
3240 Hamilton
New Zealand


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