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Victoria University of Wellington

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Victoria University of Wellington, originally known as Victoria College, was founded in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Victoria University of Wellington is characterised by the depth, consistency, and effectiveness of our culture of domestic and international engagement. 


The University's historic strength in public policy has been fully demonstrated by substantial contributions to major government projects, and entrepreneurship education is an emerging strength on which we intend to build. The University also gives high priority to engagement with Māori and Pacific communities.

We aim to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective.


The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research oversees all doctoral degrees and we work to ensure that your experience as a thesis student is a positive one.


Throughout the year Careers and Employment liaises with academic faculties/departments and the business community to promote discipline/industry-specific events. These events are open to all currently enrolled students.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Your Faculty office is the first place you should contact to discuss all queries or concerns related to your study. Find your Faculty office early on so you know where they are if you need them.

They can give advice about your degree, majors and courses, and you can also change your courses there.

Talk to your Faculty office for admission requirements, academic transcripts, degree planning or audits, credit transfer, approval of exchange programmes, or for help with any other academic matters.

Housing services

With halls of residence, homestays and flats to choose from, our Accommodation team can help you find the right place to live.

We have 15 halls of residence with single room, twin-share, shared apartments, catered and self-catered options.

Library services

  • Group group study rooms are available for booking at all of our libraries and the Language Learning Centre.
  • The Library holds a collection of past exam papers since 2005.
  • Library guides provide information on online resources useful for your study and research.
  • Your subject librarian can provide personal in-depth help with your research and teaching.

Medical services

Student Health is a primary health care provider offering medical care for students. Urgent triage is available. More information, including opening hours and fees, can be found at the Student Health website.

  • The University pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the Easterfield Building on the Kelburn campus.

Student Life

Campus life

Victoria University of Wellington has three campuses spread out over Wellington city. We also have premises in Auckland's CBD.

  • Kelburn campus

Kelburn campus is the heart of the first-year experience—get access to student support, admin offices, the Central Library and five Faculties.

  • Pipitea campus

Home of the Wellington School of Business and Government and the Faculty of Law, find out more about our CBD campus.

  • Te Aro campus

Information about our Cuba Quarter campus, the heart of our Architecture and Design programmes.

Sports facilities

The Kelburn Recreation Centre has a gym open to staff and students, offers a Group Exercise Timetable and a variety of sports leagues. More information can be found on the Recreation Centre website.

Student clubs

Club and group participation is a fantastic way to make friends, enjoy activities and learn things outside of the lecture theatre and make your student experience at Victoria University of Wellington richer and more rewarding. We encourage you to join a club or group—they provide valuable balance, supporting academic performance and boost your CV.


  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The 'Triple Crown' accreditation held by Wellington School of Business and Government is further enhanced by specific programme recognition and accreditations from industry and professional bodies.

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


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