Student support services

Committing to postgraduate study can mean big lifestyle changes. Whether you’re continuing on from undergraduate studies or returning to university after a break, juggling study commitments with day-to-day living, work and family commitments can be challenging.


To help you, the University offers a range of excellent student services and personalised support, including access to course planning advice, academic skills programmes and specialist career guidance.


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The University's accommodation service can help you find somewhere to live that meets your needs and suits your lifestyle. University-managed accommodation for postgraduates offers various comfortable, independent living options, with the additional security of staff support and a close-knit student community. You can also rent an apartment or single studio from selected private providers, if you prefer this option.

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If you cannot find the admission information you need in How to apply in this section and you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent New Zealand resident, Student Contact and Support can provide advice and assistance.
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85013 or 85025

If you are an international student looking for admission information, visit International students.


Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA)

All students enrolled at The University of Auckland are eligible to join the Auckland University Students’ Association. Membership gives you access to social events, clubs and recreation facilities, as well as personal assistance with academic issues and representation on the University Council.

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Career planning

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Career Development and Employment Services can help you to enhance your marketability with prospective employers, develop career management capabilities and realise your potential in the world of work, life and learning. The Service provides workshops, events, individual appointments, a drop-in service, tools and resources.
Visit Career Development and Employment Services



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For students with young children, there are five early childhood centres at the City Campus and two at the Epsom Campus, offering places to children aged from three months to five years. Parentspace provides facilities for caregivers and children under 16, and there’s a child-friendly study space in the General Library.

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Disability services

Disability co-ordinators provide advice, support and resources for people with disabilities or special needs, including on-campus parking, note-takers, sign language interpreters and alternative print formats.
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Health and counselling

General practice medical clinics are available on the City, Grafton, Tamaki and Epsom campuses. Counselling services are offered at City and Grafton. Grafton and Tamaki have optometry clinics. The City Campus also has a dental clinic and psychiatry, dermatology and physiotherapy services.

Read more about University Health Services

Read more about University Counselling Services


Creative Arts and Industries human ethics advice

Research involving human participants (including teaching sessions, documentary practices, anonymous questionnaires and research carried out as part of coursework) must receive approval from The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC). Before you apply for approval online, however, you may want to seek advice from one of the faculty's ethics advisers:

Dr Marjorie van Roon 
Phone: +64 9 3737599 ext 88594

UAHPEC approval process

  1. All applications from students (including doctoral, masters and honours) are to be submitted by the appropriate supervisor as the principal investigator.
  2. Incomplete, poorly constructed applications will be returned. The UAHPEC will not review the application until an adequate, revised application is submitted.

Before you complete your online application, please visit the UAHPEC web page on the main University site, where you will find Council-approved guidelines and an applicants' manual. When you are ready, you can also create and submit your online application on this page.

The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC)


Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre

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The Student Centre can help with advice on all our programmes, online enrolment, student support services and other general enquiries. It's also a great place to get together for coffee and a chat with other creative students.

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St

Find out more about the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre


Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA)

The Postgraduate Student’s Association (PGSA) was set up by postgraduate students to enhance the postgraduate study experience. As well as support, guidance and advocacy services, the PGSA promotes social and professional networking opportunities for postgraduate students. Membership in the PGSA entitles you to discounts at Strata, the postgraduate student commons, plus invitations to special postgraduate events.

Visit the PGSA



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Located on Level 4 of the Kate Edger Building, Strata is the dedicated space for postgraduate students and University staff. It has a café with a balcony, a quiet study area, and a meeting and conference room. The Postgraduate Students’ Association hosts a number of social events at Strata during the year.