Waikato Students’ Union
The Waikato Students’ Union is the voice of the student body on campus. The organisation is governed by a group of democratically elected students who speak passionately on behalf of students and their interests and have done so for over 40 years. The WSU also provides an advocacy service, has a network of over 50 clubs that students are able to join, puts on student based activities and is responsible for O-Week.
The WSU Advocacy Service gives free professional and confidential assistance to students. The service deals with problems ranging from academic and financial troubles to employment, tenancy and accommodation difficulties.
Clubs and Other Services
The WSU takes care of students’ sporting, cultural, political, religious and ethnic interests by providing services for clubs and help students wanting to set up or join a club. Affiliated clubs can apply for grants for a project or to run an event. The WSU publishes a weekly magazine, Nexus, and a free student diary and wall planner. It also provides other services such as a telephone for free local calls and a Ticketmaster agency which sells tickets to various concerts.
The WSU organises Orientation Week at the beginning of A and B semesters to welcome new students on campus. The WSU also promotes and coordinates a range of events and activities including open forums on current and contentious issues.
Through a joint venture with the University, the WSU owns a 50% stake in U Leisure, which controls the Rec Centre and Campus Pools.
The WSU is situated in the Student Union Building (SUB). Office hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.