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Victoria University of Wellington

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  • The Victoria University of Wellington is built in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It was found in 1897 by the Act of Parliament and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.
  • The University was named after Queen Victoria on her 60th coronation anniversary in 1897. Initially, the University opened with temporary facilities in Thorndon.
  • Later, the University was shifted to Kelburn, located in the outskirts of Wellington. The University still has its primary campus in Kelburn.

Why study at Victoria University of Wellington?

  • The Victoria University of Wellington is amongst the top-ranked University for research intensity programs and has topped twice in New Zealand for its excellence in research.
  • The University has internationally recognized lecturers who are passionate about their subjects and enhances the student experience by interactively conveying their knowledge and skills.
  • The Victoria University of Wellington is home to 22,000 students, accounting for 3,668 international students and 1,104 faculties.
  • According to the QS World University Ranking 2021, the University is consistently ranked at 223rd position.
  • QS World University Ranking 2021 ranks the University in positions from 251-300 for Graduate Employability Ranking.
  • The University comprises three campuses across Wellington city and eight faculties.
  • The Victoria University of Wellington is one of 13 universities in the world maximum of 5 Star and more by the QS stars rating of excellence for Arts and culture, Discipline ranking and accreditations, Employability, Facilities, Inclusiveness, Internationalization, Research and Teaching.
  • The University is ranked amongst the top 100 universities globally for 11 subjects such as Development Studies, Earth and Marine Success, English Language and Literature, Geology, Hospitality and Leisure Management , Law, Library and Information Management, Linguistics, Performing Arts, Politics and International Studies and Psychology

Why study in Wellington City?

  • The Deutsche Bank Quality of Life Survey ranks Wellington city as the second most livable city in the world.
  • According to the World Happiness report 2020, Wellington city ranked No. 03 as the happiest city
  • Safe City Index ranks 2019 states Willington is the safest city in New Zealand and ranks at 18th position in the world.

Departments and Faculties

  • Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Wellington Faculty of Health
  • Wellington Faculty of Science
  • Wellington Faculty of Business and Government
  • Wellington Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Wellington Faculty of Education
  • Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
  • Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research

Popular Programs

The Victoria University of Wellington provides more than 30 undergraduate and 140 postgraduate programs, and popular program are in:

  • Communication and media studies
  • Development Studies
  • Earth and Marine Science
  • English language and literature
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Library and information management
  • Linguistic
  • Mineral and mining engineering
  • Performing arts
  • Politics and international relations
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies


The Victoria University of Wellington has three campuses in Wellington City, and each of them at walking distance.

Kelburn campus

Kelburn campus is a central hub of the Victoria University of Wellington, possessing University's primary services and facilities. As the campus is perched on a hill above the city, it has incredible views and a lively student atmosphere. Te Toki a Rata, the biological Science building, is located within walking distance from the campus.

Pipitea Campus

The Pipitea campus is located in the middle of Wellington's Government and central business district. The Pipitea campus is known for its Business School ranked as the best law school in New Zealand.

Te Aro Campus

Te Aro Campus is located in the lively Cuba St District and is home to the University's School of Architecture and Design. It is specially designed with facilities including collaborative studio spaces, High-Tech 3D printers.


Wellington international excellence scholarships

The Wellington International Excellence Scholarship is for international students enrolling in undergraduate study awards financial aid valued 10,000 NZD (New Zealand Dollar) for the first year and 5,000 NZD for the second and third year. The scholarship is competitive and completely merit-based.

New Zealand scholarships program

New Zealand Scholarship is funded through New Zealand's Aid Program and is administered by the Ministry of International Trade and Affairs. This scholarship offers a fully-funded study at the Victoria University of Wellington to all the eligible students from more than 80 partner countries.

Master's fees scholarships

Master's fees scholarship is for international students wanting to undergo master programs, it offers

Master of Law international LLM fee scholarship

Master of Law international LLM fee Scholarships provide funding valued at NZD 500 for international students applying for masters with good academic records


Finding accommodation near to the college helps cut the transportation cost and provides a cultural and educational-friendly environment for students. Choosing accommodation depends on essential factors like budget or accommodation nearby to the campus.

Accommodation options for students

  • On-Campus accommodation/ hall of residence.
  • Homestay ( living with a local family)
  • Privately rented apartment

On-Campus Accommodation

The Victoria University of Wellington has 14 halls of residence with a single room, twin share, shared apartments, and catered and self-catered options. All the residence halls & houses are within walking distance of the three city university campus.


  • Basic Furniture
  • Internet
  • Catering
  • Laundry (Common)
  • Music rooms (Common)
  • Gaming zones (Common)
  • Kitchenette & Study Area (Common)
  • 24*7 Camera surveillance
  • Heating
  • Boulcott Hall
  • Boulcott Residence hall is a high-rise building accommodating 180 residents offering single en-suite bedrooms with a particular need. It is located at 10-15 minutes walking distance from all three campuses, i.e., Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campus.

  • Capital Hall
  • Capital Residential Hall is a high-rise building accommodating 320 residents offering fully furnished single bedrooms with an internet connection. Capital Residential Hall is located at 10-15 mins walking distance from all three campuses, i.e., Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campus.

  • Everton Hall
  • The Everton Hall is a fully furnished five-bedroom flat in an apartment-style building with six flats of various sizes accommodating nearly 194 residents, located at 5 minutes walking distance from Kelburn Campus and around 20 minutes walking distance from Pipitea Campus.

  • Helen Lowry Hall
  • The Helen Lowry Hall is located at a 4km distance from Kelburn Campus. The residential hall is in the form of domestic houses set in the widespread ground and surrounded by gardens. Each area has its kitchenette, laundry, and bathroom. The hall consists of all rooms ranging from single to shared rooms.

  • Joan Stevens Hall
  • Joan Stevens Residential hall is a high-rise building with 11 floors accommodating 242 residents with single bedrooms. The residential hall has large standard rooms with a study area, television, kitchenette located in the centre of each floor. Joan Stevens Residential hall is located at 5- 10 mins walking distance from all three campuses, i.e., Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campus.

  • Katharine Jermyn Hall
  • The Katharine Jermyn Residential Hall is located in the central city around 10- 15 minutes of walking distance from all three campuses, i.e., Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campus. It is a fully catered residential hall, with 390 furnished single rooms specially designed for first-year students. The building has 14 floors with large communal rooms, a kitchenette, and study rooms on each floor.

  • Te Puni Village
  • The Te Puni Village is a multi-level three-building complex accommodating 398 residents. It has three buildings, the Edge, the Terrace, and the Tower, connected with glass walkways. There are 334 fully furnished single bedrooms in the Tower, and the Edge building and the terrace have 47 single studio apartments and 17 residential apartments. The Te Puni Village is located at 10 minutes walking distance to Kelburn Campus.

  • UniLodge – Stafford
  • The UniLodge Stafford Residential hall is located in Wellington's lively Central Business District with 3 minutes walking distance from Pipitea Campus and 15 minutes from Kelburn Campus. The residential hall offers independent, fully furnished, and centrally heated two-three bedroom apartments for 301 students.

  • University Hall
  • University hall has 40 fully furnished independent houses with bedding supplies that can accommodate 3-8 students. This residential all can accommodate 220 students and is located at 10 minutes walking distance from Kelburn Campus.

  • Uni Hall – Whanau
  • University Hall of Whanau housing has four flats with 14 fully furnished single rooms accommodation, 14 students. This residence hall is managed and operated by the University hall. It is located 10 minutes walking distance from Kelburn Campus.

  • Willis St – Cumberland House
  • The Cumberland House is located in the centre of the city, close to the supermarket and campus. Cumberland hall accommodates 227 students. Students of architecture and design mostly prefer it. It has fully furnished 123 single rooms and 24 single studios and is located at 5 minutes' walk from Te Aro Campus and 15-25 minutes' walk from Kelburn and Pipitea campus.

  • Willis St – Education House
  • Education house is a self-cater residential hall and is mainly preferred by senior students. It has 108 completely furnished studio apartments with private washrooms. Education house is located 5 minutes walking distance from Te Aro Campus, 15 minutes from Kelburn campus, and 20 minutes from Pipitea campus.

  • Victoria House
  • Victoria House is for first-year students as the environment helps in academic focus. It is a multi-story building accommodating 183 students, offering a fully furnished 132 study bedroom, 42 twins sharing, and two premium bedrooms. It is located 5 minutes walking distance from Kelburn Campus.

  • Weir House
  • Weir house residential all is located within 5 minutes of walking distance from Kelburn Campus. It is divided into four buildings William Weir, James Hutchinson, Andrea, Te Whanau, having residential rooms and a common area with fully furnished 211 single rooms, 50 set rooms, and 48 students in twin sharing.

Off-Campus Accommodation

  • The student also has an option to live off-campus, either in homestays or renting a flat
  • Homestays: Students living in homestays have an excellent opportunity to stay with local families and get to know the culture or practice.
  • Rental options: Students can also rent a shared /single apartment as per convenience and close to the college campus