University of Auckland

3.6 out of 5 (27 reviews) Auckland, New Zealand
The University of Auckland has, for more than a century, been dedicated to its mission to nurture scholars who will contribute to society by advancing knowledge and imparting it to new generations of students. Staff, students and supporters take pride in having contributed to The University of Auckland's reputation as New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to its local, national and international communities.

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Medicine & Health (3)
Education & Training (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Law (1)
Social Sciences (1)



When Auckland University College opened in May 1883, the Governor of New Zealand, Sir William Jervois spoke of the significance "of placing the advantages of a university within the reach of every man and woman of Auckland ...and that for all time".


We offer a range of programmes and courses for you to choose from. Our foundation programme and language courses have been designed especially to help international students with academic or English proficiency.

  • Programmes and courses: The University offers more than 140 innovative programmes, with more than 25 at undergraduate level.
  • English language courses
  • PhD students
  • Masters students
  • Study Abroad and Exchange programmes
  • Short courses for international groups
  • Foundation programmes
  • High school pathways


The University policy on centres and institutes provides for the following three formal categories of research centres.

  • Departmental/school centre
  • Faculty centre, and
  • University centre or institute
All centres have research as their main focus, and consist of a group of academic and research staff drawn from one or more departments, schools and/or faculties. A centre implies commitment to develop a programme in broader fashion than a single research project. In addition, The University of Auckland is host to four of the national Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

In addition to the outstanding services and facilities available to all our students, we offer specialised support services for international students through our International Office. This support includes dedicated student advisers who are available to help you enrol and settle in to your new study life.The University has an extensive range of support services to help you achieve your best while enjoying student life.

  • Academic and learning support
  • Specialised support for international students
  • Personal and living support
  • Support for specific groups
  • Student IT essentials
  • Career development and employment services

Housing services

Whether you're from Auckland, around New Zealand or Overseas, living in a community of peers, in quality accommodation, with strong support services and easy access to campus, makes academic success more likely. Our University of Auckland residences give you a great environment to complement your academic studies.

With five halls of residence and eight self-catered flats and apartments available, each residential community offers you the benefits of living at the heart of the University:

  • A great student lifestyle.
  • Personal and academic support.
  • Friendships that will last a lifetime, with people from all over the world.

Library services

The University of Auckland Library system covers five campuses and comprises the General Library, Kate Edger Short Loan and twelve specialist libraries.

  • General Library
  • Architecture and Planning Library
  • Business Information Centre
  • Davis Law Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Fine Arts Library
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory Library
  • Music and Dance Library
  • Philson Library
  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library – Epsom

ICT services

The wireless network is accessible on all campuses from laptops and mobile devices.

  • University of Auckland WiFi (UoA-WiFi)
  • UoA-Guest-WiFi
  • Eduroam

Student Life

Campus life

  • The City Campus provides a full range of amenities, including cafés, health services, libraries, childcare facilities, and a recreation
  • Surrounded by sports fields, the Tamaki Innovation Campus is home to courses in biosecurity, population health, psychology, speech language therapy and wine science.
  • Newmarket
  • The Epsom Campus is the main Faculty of Education campus
  • The Grafton Campus is situated opposite Auckland Hospital on the boundary of Auckland Domain
  • Tai Tokerau Campus
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory
  • The University of Auckland at Manukau
  • Waitemata Health Campus
  • Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine
  • South Auckland Clinical School
  • Waikato Clinical School

Sports facilities

  • Cardio Room
  • Weights Room
  • Sports Hall
  • Group Fitness Studio
  • Dance Studio
  • Spin Studio
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Core & Stretch
  • Express Circuit
  • Squash Court
  • Women's Space
  • Table Tennis Tables

Student clubs

With over 200 clubs and societies, there's a club for every taste. From tramping, canoeing, photography, politics, dressing up as a superhero, or eating desserts. Clubs help balance your studies and grow your network.

Joining a club is a great way to balance your academic career with something that takes you away from the books and gets you into an activity that you've never tried before, or something that you used to do.

If you want more information on the clubs, or if you are an administrator for a club and you need to update your contact details, please contact our clubs administrator.


The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings systems.

  • 82nd in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (QS Rankings)
  • 172nd in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (THE rankings)
  • In the 201-300 band for the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)