Student and Academic Services
Halls of Residence
The Accommodation and Conference Services Office assists students to find
accommodation in the University’s four Halls of Residences, Orchard Park, College
Hall, Student Village and Bryant Hall. Orchard Park is a series of cottages
where students cater for themselves. The other Halls are fully-catered although
they all have flats where self-catering accommodation is available.
Full details about the Halls of Residence can be obtained from the Accommodation
and Conference Services Office. Applications, which close on 1 October each
year for the following year’s accommodation, must be accompanied by a $15.00
application fee. Late applications and applications made during the course
of the year will be considered. Residence is for the duration of the academic
year. A new application must be made if students wish to return to the Halls
for the following year. A contingency deposit is required at the time of acceptance,
and this is refunded, less any charges, at the end of the academic year.
The University owns a block of eight one-bedroom flats in Scotland Place (adjacent
to the University) which are available to full-time graduate students. Further
information concerning these flats may be obtained from the Accommodation Adviser,
who is located in the Accommodation and Conference Services Office.
The Accommodation Adviser has information regarding other accommodation available
in Hamilton, and is able to assist students to find private board, houses to
rent, flatmates, or flats. The cost of full board in a private home is generally
about $140-$150 per week around the University area, but can be less if situated
further away. Flats and houses are listed in local newspapers and with rental
agencies. The Accommodation Adviser can provide printouts of all types of student
housing available in the University area. The room rental cost of sharing a
house or flat usually ranges between $70-$80 per week per person.
To avoid major difficulties in finding accommodation, students are advised,
if possible, to visit the University prior to the commencement of the academic
year to discuss their needs with the Accommodation Adviser.
Student Support Services
Student Counselling Service
Counselling staff are located in the Student Services building. Appointments
may be made for counselling on any personal, study-related or vocational issue.
Seminars are also offered in these areas. Enquiries and appointments may be
made in person at the Student Services Reception, or by phoning the Receptionist
on (07) 838-4201. A part-time Counsellor is available at the Tauranga campus.
Appointments can be made at Reception or by phoning (07) 577-0620.
An Ecumenical (Interdenominational) Chaplain works part-time on campus, and
a part-time Catholic Chaplain visits the University regularly. The Chaplains
conduct services, take part in both formal and informal activities on campus,
and are readily available to students and staff for counselling and pastoral
care. The centre for chaplaincy activities is the Lady Goodfellow Chapel.
Students with Disability
The Disability Support Service works with the rest of the University to remove
barriers to learning for students with disability, and to ensure students’
learning requirements are being met through the provision of information, support,
services and equipment. Prospective students with disability should contact
the Disability Support Service well in advance of commencing their studies
to ensure that the appropriate supports are able to be put in place.
Additional information about support and services is available from the Disability
Support Service office in the Student Services Building. Telephone: (07) 838-4719,
Facsimile: (07) 838-4282, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website
Budget Advice and Emergency Financial Assistance
A free budgeting and financial advisory service is available to students.
The Student Finance Adviser, who is located in the Accommodation and Conference
Services Office, can assist with information on the costs involved in attending
University and the various means of financial support available to students.
Emergency assistance is available to students experiencing severe short-term
financial difficulties. This may take the form of a loan or emergency grant.
A Special Assistance Fund may be available to provide grants and loans to students
who can demonstrate particular need for assistance in meeting an unexpected
cost as a result of their studies. Application forms are available from the
Student Finance Adviser in the Accommodation and Conference Services Office.
Student Health Service
The Student Health Service is located in the Student Services building (opposite
the Recreation Centre) and is staffed by four medical practitioners, four nurses
and a Practice Manager. The Student Health Service is open between 8.30am and
5.00pm on weekdays throughout the year. During examination periods the Student
Health Service is open until 6.00pm on weekdays and from 8.30am-5.30pm on Saturdays
for examination-related issues only.
In cases of genuine emergency, students who consult a general practitioner
outside Health Service hours may have the fee partly reimbursed. This emergency
service applies within the Hamilton boundaries and during the academic year.
The Student Health Service is available free to those students who pay the
Health and Counselling Levy. Students are eligible to use the Student Health
Service between the following dates:
Summer School enrolment only 9 January 2006 to 22 February 2006
A Semester enrolment only 27 February 2006 to 24 June 2006
B Semester enrolment only 10 July 2006 to 23 December 2006
With proof of re-enrolment, full year or B Semester students are eligible
to use the Student Health Service until the end of February of the following
Careers and Employment Centre
The Careers and Employment Centre Office is located in the Cowshed (opposite
the Student Union Building). Staff are available to discuss career prospects
and help students make their career choices. Visits by employers are arranged
throughout the year, and an annual Careers Fair is held which promotes students
to future employers. Students are encouraged to check the Careers website www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/careers
for details of workshops, seminars and employer visits.
Class Representative System
The University is committed to strong and effective representation from its
students. The Class Representative System has been developed to ensure that
student views are reflected through involvement in University processes and
participation on University committees where decisions affecting students are
made. Student representatives on University committees are either elected through
the Class Representative System, or are appointed by the Waikato Students’
Class Representatives are elected to deal with minor academic matters which
arise, and their role is to liaise between the students in the paper and the
academic staff who are teaching the paper. They also have the opportunity to
participate in the democratic processes of the University.
The Student Support Adviser provides training for Class Representatives and
develops resources to assist them in fulfilling their roles. The Adviser, who
is located in the Office of Student Life in the Student Services Building (opposite
the Recreation Centre), is also available to provide information, advice and
support for Class Representatives and for members of staff who deal with Class
The Student Support Adviser can be contacted on extension 6264.
Student Recruitment and Enrolment
Course Advice and Planning
The Student Recruitment Office assists students who are unfamiliar with the
University or who require assistance to plan their programme of study. Prospective
students can obtain information from the Student Information Centre by phone
(0800 WAIKATO or (07) 838-4176), email (email@example.com), or in person by
calling in to the Hamilton campus (The Gateway), the Tauranga campus (Durham
Street), or the Auckland Office (The Strand Arcade, Queen Street).
The Student Recruitment Advisers represent the University at regional careers
expos, secondary school career evenings, and other events throughout New Zealand.
They provide comprehensive information, personal advice sessions and campus
tours, which are available by appointment. An Open Day and several information
days and evenings are held on campus throughout the year, and details are available
on request. Students can explore a range of options - undergraduate study,
postgraduate study, foundation and bridging courses - including those that
target women, mature students and Māori. Prospective students will also receive
information on the range of academic and support services that are available.
Student Information Centre - The Gateway
The Student Information Centre team provides information and advice to current
and prospective students of the University of Waikato. The Student Information
Centre is located downstairs in the Gateway building, University of Waikato,
Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. This is the first point of contact for enquiries
relating to admission criteria, applying to enrol, other general enrolment
matters, examinations timetable and regulations, the payment of fees, handbooks
for specific qualifications, ordering an academic transcript, and student ID
cards. Current students can check and update their personal details through
the iWaikato terminal located at the Student Information Centre. The Centre
is open between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, phone
0800 WAIKATO or (07) 838-4176, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduate Studies Office
The Postgraduate Studies Office is responsible for all administration associated
with research degrees, namely the MPhil, doctoral degrees (PhD, EdD, SJD) and
higher doctorates (DLit, DSc and LLD). It supports the Postgraduate Studies
Committee in the development and implementation of policy concerning postgraduate
studies. It also provides information and advice to students who wish to enrol,
or who are enrolled for a postgraduate degree at this University.
Detailed information for postgraduate students, including enrolment guidelines,
regulations and staff research expertise, may be found on the Postgraduate
Studies website at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/postgraduate.