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Study in Hamilton

All the information you need about studying in Hamilton as an international student.

Why study in Hamilton?

Hamilton is one of the largest cities in New Zealand, located in the Waikato region of the North Island. It’s a vibrant city with a bustling entertainment area packed with bars and restaurants. Hamilton Gardens is one of the city's biggest attractions, and hosts a popular summer festival every year. The city also has a zoo, museums, galleries, casino and many other great attractions.

Sports loving students can support the local rugby teams, or watch international cricket at Seddon Park. Hamilton has a domestic airport and train station making it easy to get around and see the sights New Zealand has to offer.

Universities in Hamilton

Hamilton is a popular center for education in New Zealand, and is home to three major universities. The city has a student population of around 40,000 and 1,000 PhD qualified scientist.

Student reviews for Hamilton

  • Julietha Fangidae
    Timor-Leste
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Hamilton is a quiet city compared to where I came from. I felt very welcome since day one. All facilities provided as needed. Transport such as bus is well organized.
  • Kiran Nanjappa
    India
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Hamilton is a great city, it is one of the most peaceful and calm cities I have ever seen. It is also a very friendly city and the people around are very helpful. The city has less traffic and it is great to hand out at the CBD during the weekends. Overall this is a great place to live.
  • Yuxin Huang
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Hamilton. Small but peaceful, and relatively safe. The university is not too close to the city area, which is good so it is less possible to get distracted but also not that convenient.
  • Amalachukwu Okeke
    Nigeria
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato
    Tell us about Hamilton
    A fairly lively city, everything you need is just right in the city. Shopping, library, clubbing, stadium for sports. Everything
  • Yuan-ting Yang
    Taiwan, Province of China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    University of Waikato
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Locals are always smiling at people that makes me feel welcome.

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How to study in Hamilton

The first step to studying in Hamilton as an international student is to choose a university and program you want to attend. You will then need to check the entry requirements and make sure you meet them before you apply.

Most universities in Hamilton allow to apply to them directly online, or you can send your application by post. Your application will usually need to include a personal statement, references and proof of English proficiency test score.

Once your application has been accepted, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct visa. Find out how to apply for a New Zealand student visa here.

What to study in Hamilton

Hamilton’s universities offer a wide range of subjects and programs you can choose to study as an international student. Subjects including education, geography, communication and business are highly regarded and are therefore popular with students.

You can choose to study at all degree levels in Hamilton, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Universities in the city have internationally recognized research facilities, with strong links to government and businesses.

Cost to study in Hamilton

As an international student in Hamilton, how much you pay for tuition will depend on the university, program and level of study. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay around $23,000 per year to study a bachelor’s program, and up to $34,000 per year to study a master’s.

The cost of living in Hamilton is reasonable, and is largely in line with the rest of New Zealand. It is generally cheaper than most major European cities like Paris and London.

Key facts of Hamilton

  • 65/48°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 165,400 Population
  • 3 Universities
  • New Zealand Country