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Study in Hamilton

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

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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

  • Mercedes Isasmendi Escudero
    Argentina
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato Business Management
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Hamilton City is a lovely city! Me and y husband had a great time there! There are plants of places to go out for lunch and at night. It is a safe city, we felt welcomed all the time and kiwis treated us with respect and were always keen to share their culture with us. Hamilton is tremendously well located in NZ because it is a strategic point from where you can visit most of the iconic places of the north island. It is very well connected! It’s is close enough to the beach to go after Uni clases. There are plenty of shops to fulfill all your needs. And it is also a quiet city with almost no tall buildings and little noise. The city has one of the biggest hospitals of NZ.
  • Yujia Zheng
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Environmental Management
    Tell us about Hamilton
    Village, small amount of public transport, converient shops and facilities
  • Ruiyi Yao
    China
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Agribusiness
    Tell us about Hamilton
    A quiet city suitable for study and it more looks like a student city as there are not many activities for having fun
  • Yuxin Ning
    China
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Waikato Finance
    Tell us about Hamilton
    A small city with quite and safe environment. Good for studying and life
  • Nurhana Mohamad
    Malaysia
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Waikato Agribusiness
    Tell us about Hamilton
    I felt safe and welcome but the there’s no nightlife here in hamilton compare to my country

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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