The Waikato student life


The Waikato Region is easy, affordable and suitable for the outdoor-loving student who wants a city life without the hassle and expense of living in the big smoke.

With fairly mild weather, excellent academic offerings from Wintec and the University of Waikato and a close proximity to almost everything you could want (including beaches, mountains, lakes and ski fields), it’s clear why the Waikato is a stand-out option. 

Hamilton, the big city of the Waikato Region, is home to a bustling nightlife, an abundance of affordable eateries with a wide variety of cuisines, and of course, The Chiefs – Waikato’s much-loved rugby team.

Student sporting leagues have plenty on offer including rowing, rugby, football, netball, basketball, cricket and much more. In fact, the University of Waikato has some of the best clubs and facilities in New Zealand.

You can also join social sport for a more relaxed option or get into ESport (sport competition using video games) at the University of Waikato’s ESport arena. 

Both the University of Waikato and Wintec have beautiful campuses in or near to the city centre and plenty of options for affordable living. You can choose from student accommodation (halls of residence) flats or apartments nearby.

For those who enjoy partying, the small but vibrant nightlife in Hamilton City is the perfect place to let loose, have a few drinks and dance the night away. Some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs New Zealand has to offer are located in Hamilton’s CBD, just a short distance from the main student suburbs. 

Take a break from the city and head to Raglan to check out the picturesque scenery, cafés and popular swimming and surf beaches. Other spots to get away from the city include Te Aroha for a steaming mineral spa, hike or mountain bike, Ngāruawāhia for a climb up the Hakarimata stairs or Wairere Falls for arguably one of the best views in the Waikato.

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