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Victoria University of Wellington


Situated in New Zealand’s vibrant, entrepreneurial capital city, Victoria University of Wellington offers students the opportunity to benefit from University connections to industries, government and research organisations strategically located in the capital.

Victoria is proud to be New Zealand’s number one ranked university for research quality (2013 NZ Government Performance-Based Research Fund results) and offers over 100 undergraduate and over 220 postgraduate programmes. 

We boast a number of internationally recognised academics who are passionate about their subjects and enhancing the student experience at Victoria by imparting their knowledge and skills in an interactive and engaging way.

With over 21,000 students, including 3000 international students, Victoria comprises three campuses across Wellington city and seven faculties: Architecture and Design, Business, Education, Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering.

Contact Victoria University of Wellington
Physical address

Level 2 Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade
6140 Wellington
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Phone numbers

+64 4 463 5350

  • Number of students: 21,000
  • Number of international students: 3,000
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • English language
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Masters Degree
  • MBA
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Bachelor Degree with Honours

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Halls of Residence
  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Muslim Prayer Space

Victoria consistently ranks among the world's best universities, in 2015/2016 it was ranked 229 equal in the QS World University Rankings and in 2015 it received five stars from QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories.

Victoria has three campuses in Wellington City, all within walking distance of each other. Each campus has a distinct feel.

Kelburn, the main campus, overlooks the beautiful harbour city and is home to the Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Science and Engineering faculties, and hosts a wide range of student services as well as a purpose built student hub for socialising or studying.

The Pipitea campus is located in the heart of the city, right next door to the New Zealand Parliament and central business district. This is where business and law students spend most of their time.

Te Aro is the architecture and design hub, in a purpose built campus in the creative centre of a design-oriented city, on the fringe of the central business district. 

Victoria has excellent facilities for students including a purpose built building on the Kelburn campus dedicated to student study spaces, retail and social areas.

At Victoria, you can immerse yourself in the New Zealand culture by joining one of over 100 social, sporting and cultural clubs and societies and a number of extra-curricular programmes that will push you both personally and professionally. 

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.

Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

Things to do

Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington's waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

A gourmet food experience

Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the good stuff.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy

A must for any Lord of The Rings fan, Wellington is home to Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and the Weta Cave, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making magic. It’s also a great base for day tours to experience “Middle-earth” scenery.

Close to Wellington

If you want to visit the South Island, Wellington is the city where you can board the inter-island ferry with or without a car. This 3 hour ferry ride offers daily services and is one of the most spectacular in the world. Leaving regularly from Wellington, the ferry takes passengers past the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds, before berthing in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island.

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

A must-stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail - an adventure that takes you through some of New Zealand's top wine-producing regions - Wellington is a great place to start your wine-tasting journey. Marlborough, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay are all a few hours' drive or ferry-ride away from Wellington and offer unforgettable winery experiences.
Main centres: 



Kapiti Island, Levin, Lower Hutt, Otaki, Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Waikanae

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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