Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington has built a big reputation as a student-friendly city. New Zealand’s capital city is also the country’s political, scientific and cultural heart, creating a unique environment for students at Victoria University to learn and to enjoy all the benefits of student life and culture. 

Even better, Wellington is compact enough that you can get most places on foot or via the very good public transport system that includes trains, buses, ferries and even a cable car. Victoria University has been part of the life of our capital city since 1897, and today has more than 14,000 undergraduate and 3000 international students spread across its 7 faculties and four campuses.

Most first year action at the heart of the university

Most first year students are based at the heart of the university, the Kelburn Campus. Sitting above the city and harbour, the campus offers the full range of student services and activities, university admin and the Central Library. It is also the home for subsequent years for students in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Victoria’s Faculty of Education is based at the Karori Campus.

Explore the range of subjects you can study at Victoria

Download: Victoria University 2019 Guide to Undergraduate Study

Real life right outside the doors

The Faculty of Law and the Victoria Business School are based at the university’s Pipitea Campus which sits in the heart of the city’s legal, government and business district. Real life application of what you learn is right outside the door.

Wellington boasts a strong design and arts culture and the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Victoria’s Te Aro Campus is right at home in this, based beside the capital’s famous Cuba Street with eclectic shops and a great cafe and nightlife scene.

Ranked in the top 2% of the world’s 16,000 universities 

Victoria is in the top 100 universities in the world for 10 subjects, Law, Social Policy and Administration, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics, Accounting and Finance, Development Studies, Education, Geography and Psychology.

In Social Policy and Administration, Victoria is ranked 50th in the world, and their Law Faculty is in the top 50 in the world (QS). The university also ranks comfortably within the top 100 universities in the world in Education, Arts and the Humanities, and in the top 150 universities in the world in Earth Sciences.

Central location makes accommodation options easy for you

Victoria has a wide range of hostel accommodation for first year students, all within easy walking distance of the various campuses. The two biggest hostels are Te Puni Village set right on the Kelburn Campus which is home to almost 400 students, and the Katherine Jermyn Hall which houses 390 students in a multistory building in Boulcott Street.

Weir House, just a few minutes away from the Kelburn Campus, houses just over 300 students, while other multistory hostels catering for first year students are Cumberland House, Joan Stevens Hall, Boulcott Hall and Victoria House. Most are single rooms with free wifi/internet and are fully catered.

All halls provide support for students and facilities for recreation and study. Every hall works hard to provide a warm and welcoming sense of community—both within the hall and with other halls. Social events are held across all halls throughout the year, and individual halls organise their own activities too.

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Financial help and courses to help you get started

Like the other universities, Victoria has a wide range of scholarships available for first year students. Similarly, Victoria offers a range of courses to help you get started at university even if your grades are not quite at the level needed.

Victoria University of Wellington faculties:

Faculty Of Architecture And Design

Faculty Of Education

Faculty Of Engineering

Faculty Of Humanities And Social Sciences

Faculty Of Law

Faculty Of Science


Victoria Business School

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