Student Services

Halls of Residence

The Accommodation Services Office assists and processes the applications to each of the University's four Halls of Residence: Bryant Hall, College Hall, Student Village and Orchard Park. Orchard Park is a series of cottages that offer self-catering facilities. The other Halls are largely fully-catered although they all have flats where self-catering accommodation is available.

More information about the Halls can be found at: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/apply/accommodation, or by contacting the Accommodation Services Office on +64 7 838 4084, or by email at accom@waikato.ac.nz.

All applications are made online, with the 1st round of offers being on or close to the 1st October each year for accommodation the following year. Applications can be submitted after this date and places will be offered subject to availability. Residence is normally for the duration of the academic year. Any student who wishes to return to the Halls for a second year, would need to re-apply. All students are required to pay a contingency deposit at the time of acceptance, and this is refunded, less any charges, at the end of the academic year. Students are required to pay rent in advance with the first payment made prior to moving in.

Off-Campus Accommodation

The University owns a block of eight one-bedroom flats in Scotland Place, adjacent to the University. These are available to full-time graduate students. Further information concerning these flats may be obtained from the Accommodation Services Office.

To avoid difficulties in finding accommodation, students are advised to visit the University prior to the commencement of the academic year, wherever possible. The Accommodation Services Office staff can provide advice and information to assist with finding accommodation off campus but close to the University and can be contacted on +64 7 838 4084 or by email at accom@waikato.ac.nz.

International Student Support

The International Student Support team advises and assists international students by identifying their needs, helping them find solutions, and directing them to appropriate services on and off campus. This includes personal issues, academic support, medical and travel insurance, student visa and permit requirements, orientation, accommodation, and general concerns. Orientation programmes are run for all new international students prior to beginning their studies. International Student Advisors are available to see students and appointments can be made at the Student Centre or by phoning +64 7 838 4176, or 0800 WAIKATO, or emailing info@waikato.ac.nz.

Student Counselling Service

Counselling staff are located adjacent to Student Health Services and close to the main car park accessed via Gate 1 from Knighton Road. Appointments may be made for counselling on any personal, study-related or vocational issue. Enquiries and appointments may be made in person at the Student Health Service or by phoning the reception on (07) 838 4037. A Counsellor is available in Tauranga at the Windermere campus. Appointments can be made through the Health Centre or by phoning (07) 571 0190 or 0800 864646 ext 8678.

Chaplaincy

An ecumenical (Interdenominational) chaplain works 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 located adjacent to the Student Health Centre.

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 accommodated through the provision of information, support, services and equipment. Prospective students with a 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. Staff travel to the Windermere campus on request to meet with students based in Tauranga.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/health/disability/
Telephone: (07) 838 4711, Facsimile: (07) 838 4282, or Email: disability@waikato.ac.nz

Student Health Service

The Student Health Service is located close to the main car park accessed via gate 1 off Knighton Road (opposite the Recreation Centre) and is staffed by five General Practitioners (four GPs on each day), four nurses (three nurses on each day), a Practice Manager and three reception/admin staff. The Student Health Service is open between 8.35am 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-6.00pm on Saturdays for examination-related issues only.

The Student Health Service is available to all students who pay the Student Services Levy, including international students. Domestic students who are enrolled with the Student Health Service will be charged a fee of $10.00. Domestic students who are not enrolled with the Student Health Service but have a Community Services Card will be charged a fee of $30.00 for each visit. Domestic students who are not enrolled with the Student Health Service and do not have a Community Services Card will be charged a fee of $45.00 per visit. Other ancillary charges may also apply. Students are eligible to use the Student Health Service between the following dates:

Summer School 1 enrolment only 3 January 2018 to 16 February 2018
A Semester enrolment only 26 February 2018 to 23 June 2018
B Semester enrolment only 9 July 2018 to 3 November 2018
A & B Semesters inclusive 26 February 2018 to 3 November 2018
Summer School 2 enrolment only 5 November 2018 to 17 December 2018

With proof of re-enrolment, full year or B Semester students are eligible to use the Student Health Service until the beginning of A semester in 2018.

Career Development Services

The Careers Office is located in the Student Centre, Level 1. Staff are available to discuss career prospects and help students make their career choices. Visits by employers are arranged throughout the year, and a series of Careers Fairs are held which promote students to future employers. Students are encouraged to check the Careers website www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/careers and login to MyCareer. MyCareer is an online system that allows students to manage their own career development.  A personal profile can be set up, enabling students to book-in for workshops and tutorials, make appointments with Career Advisors, and search and apply for graduate and volunteer opportunities.

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 by their peers through the Class Representative System or appointed by their relevant faculty and/or subject committee members.

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.

More information is available on the website: https://sites.google.com/a/waikato.ac.nz/class-reps/

Student Administration

The Student Administration team provides information and advice to current and prospective students of the University of Waikato. Student Administration is located at the Student Centre, Level 2, 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, graduation and student ID cards. The Centre is open between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, phone 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or (07) 838 4176, or email info@waikato.ac.nz. Tauranga students can also obtain this information at the Windermere campus.

Pacific Support Services

The Pacific Success Coordinator provides support to all our Pacific Students and oversees a range of initiatives specifically for our Pacific cohort, helping them to stay up to date with Pacific at Waikato events. Please visit our website: www.waikato.ac.nz/student-life/student-experience/pasifika-at-waikato and 'like' our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PacificAtWaikato. Information on Drop-in-Sessions, Fonos, Talanoa Sessions, workshops and tutorials will be updated regularly on our Facebook page. For more information or to make an appointment with our Pacific Success Coordinator please email pacificsupport@waikato.ac.nz or drop into Level 1 of the Student Centre.

Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence Programme

Te Ara ki Angitū – Pathway to Excellence (TAKA) reinforces the University of Waikato's commitment to making university-level study accessible to the communities of the Waikato region. In partnership with 25 secondary schools in the Waikato, the programme brings together a number of essential support services to assist students with their transition from high school to University and to make University more accessible. For more information on the list of services provided through the programme please visit our website: www.waikato.ac.nz/study/why-study-at-uow/te-ara-ki-angitu. Alternatively you may contact our Te Ara ki Angitū  Student Success Coordinator, Tuhoro Paki via email at tuhoro.paki@waikato.ac.nz or drop into Level 1 of the Student Centre. 

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