Located in the heart of the Waikato region, Hamilton is a funky, lively student town.
With over 160,000 residents, Hamilton is the 4th largest city in New Zealand. Its vibrant, urban environment makes it a great place to study.
Living in Hamilton as a student
Hamilton is home to a large student population – nearly 1 in 4 of the city’s residents are in tertiary education, and they come from many different places around the world.
With the University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology both located in Hamilton, you’ll have lots of opportunities to mingle with other students.
Hamilton has a diverse city centre, which is home to an exciting array of bars and restaurants that rival any of New Zealand’s bigger cities.
You can also choose from a range of accommodation options – live in a homestay, a student residence, or a house with your friends.
What to do in Hamilton
You’ll have no difficulty finding opportunities to practise English out and about in the community in Hamilton!
Some favourite activities among our English New Zealand students include taking a trip to the Hamilton Zoo, watching a rugby game at Waikato Stadium, or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Hamilton River Walk.
Hamilton is home to several great parks and museums, and the Hamilton Gardens and Taitua Arboretum are popular (and free!) activities.
Eating and drinking in Hamilton
There are plenty of places to enjoy socialising with friends in Hamilton and the surrounding areas in the Waikato.
Eat some delicious tapas at Gothenburg while you look out over the picturesque Waikato river, or take time out from boutique shopping with a coffee at one of Riverbank Lane’s unique cafes.
There seems to be a market on just about every day somewhere in the Waikato, and being dairy country, it’s no surprise that there are many award-winning cheese makers in the region.
Make sure you try some Good George beer or cider while you’re here!
What to see and do in the Hamilton region
While you’re studying in Hamilton, you may want to try some of New Zealand’s exciting adventure activities. An underground trip through the world-famous Waitomo Caves is a top choice among our English language students.
If you want to get away for a night or two, Rotorua, the adventure capital of New Zealand, is just 1.5 hours away and Lake Taupō is less than 2 hours away. Our students also love zipping out to the coast for a visit to Raglan, the world-famous surf town that feels a world away from the bustle of Hamilton.
Why learn English in Hamilton?
Choose Hamilton if you want to learn English in a fun student town, with plenty of options for further study at the University of Waikato – Te Kura Huanui.