University of Auckland

University of Auckland

Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities.

Top reasons to study here

  • Providing high quality management marked by open, transparent, responsive, and accountable academic and administrative policies, practices and services.
  • Conserving, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, learning, research and creative work of the highest standard.
  • Providing equal opportunities to all who have the potential to succeed in a university of high international standing.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Computer Science & IT (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Journalism & Media (3)
Law (3)



The University of Auckland was formally opened on 23 May 1883 as Auckland University College, part of the University of New Zealand. A disused courthouse and jail served as premises for the 95 students and four teaching staff. Today, the University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, hosting over 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses.


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university. It has a strong focus on quality with selective entrance to all programmes. The University provides a range of personal, business and professional courses to develop the skills and knowledge of people in the workforce and community. Our foundation programme and language courses have been designed especially to help international students with academic or English proficiency. If you want to study for a world-class qualification in an exciting and dynamic environment, take some time now to browse through our website and discover what’s on offer.


The University of Auckland recognises research and research-led teaching as primary responsibilities of its academic staff, and values fostering, publishing and disseminating research of the highest international quality.


Employment at the University of Auckland is much more than a 'job' – it's a key part of your personal and professional development.

To support you in your career, we offer a wide range of development opportunities – from individual performance and development reviews to avenues for pursuing your professional interests through study, secondments, conferences and workshops.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

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.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
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.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.


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

  • The University of Auckland offers quality accommodation in the heart of Auckland City, at comparable prices to other New Zealand universities – making Auckland an affordable option. Whether you’re a recent school leaver, a current undergraduate, a returning, or postgraduate student, we have an accommodation solution for you.
  • We currently offer 3,000 beds in both catered and self-catered residences at the University of Auckland.  
  • Accommodation fees are calculated for the full period stated in the residential agreement, and include utilities such as water, electricity, and internet access to the University's broadband system.

Library services

The University of Auckland Library system covers five campuses and comprises the General Library and nine specialist libraries.

  • General Library
  • Architecture and Planning Library
  • Business Information Centre
  • Davis Law Library
  • Fine Arts Library
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory Library

ICT services

The University of Auckland wireless network is available in the City, Grafton, Epsom, Newmarket and Tāmaki campuses. It is also available at several remote sites where students visit to perform their practical work. To use the wireless network you must be within range of a wireless access point (WAP) and have a wireless capable device.

Medical services

The University provides students with a professional primary healthcare service ensuring the health and wellbeing of our student community. Recently completing the CORNERSTONE practice accreditation programme, the University Health and Counselling Service is the highest quality standard a general practice can achieve in New Zealand.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Formerly known as the Old Arts building, the ClockTower was designed by R.A. Lippincott, a Chicago-trained architect and brother-in-law of Walter Burley Griffin, designer of Canberra.
  • Waipapa Marae is: the focal point of Māori life at our University; for the benefit and support of our entire University community; where visitors can be formally welcomed onto our campus.
  • The Fale Pasifika is an iconic building on campus. We are part of the University's Pacific community and the Fale is our spiritual home.

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

  • The Education and Social Work Student Association (ESSA) - Run by students for students, the Education and Social Work Student Association provides services and events that cater for the needs and interests of students, and helps develop a culture and community within the faculty.
  • Student Advice Hub is the place to access AUSA’s free and independent advocacy, welfare and representation services.
  • The Postgraduate Students’ Association is an incorporated society dedicated to strengthening the postgraduate community at the University.

With over 200 clubs and societies, there's a club for everyone. 


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

  • The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
  • Placed #85 in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100. 
  • The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked university in New Zealand for its global reputation amongst both academics and employers. Worldwide, the University ranks #60 for Academic and #129 for Employer Reputation.

Student Reviews

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