Pipitea campus updates

Information for students about the situation at Pipitea campus.

This page was last updated on 11 May 2022.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as the University worked through details of how courses would be delivered in the second half of the trimester now that we can access the Pipitea campus.

Starting Tuesday 26 April, after the mid-trimester break, dual-mode delivery of almost all courses will recommence at the Pipitea campus. You may choose to come to campus to attend your lectures, or attend and view them online.

Some courses will continue to be online. Ensure you check the course outline and course announcement for each of your courses and let your course coordinator know if you have further questions. Course details will be posted on the course Blackboard page by Thursday 21 April.

The campus is now open for students and staff, including during the mid-trimester break. This includes Mauri Ora, Tītoko—Student Success Advisor Support, and the Law and Commerce Libraries. Pipitea campus buildings can only be accessed via card, so remember to carry your Student ID card when you are on campus.

Vaccine mandate

As of Tuesday 26 April, the University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate has been discontinued. Learn more about the removal of the vaccine mandate, and what it means for staff, students, and visitors to campus.

Security and Campus Care

Please report any security concerns to our team on 0800 842 8888 should you require assistance. Do not lend your access card to anybody as this can pose a security risk.

If you observe any criminal behaviour, please contact Police on 105, or call 111 in an emergency.

Request a tertiary bus pass

If you’re an eligible full-time tertiary student you will receive a 25 percent discount off adult Snapper fares when travelling at peak times. To receive this discount when you pay with Snapper, you’ll need to first apply for a tertiary concession on your Snapper card. There may be a delay of a couple of days before the discount is applied.

You may choose to take the Cable Car from Lambton Quay instead, or walk from the train station to Kelburn campus.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning for undergraduate students will be delivered online and in-person from 26 April through the rest of Trimester 1 on campus at Pipitea campus, for most courses. Please check the course Blackboard page for details related to the specific course and reach out to the course coordinator if you have any questions.

The Professional Programmes office will shortly be in touch with students enrolled in taught Masters’ programmes to confirm course delivery arrangements for the rest of Trimester 1.

Te Taiako—Student learning have resources to support online learning.

Laptop loan scheme

Eligible students can also request to borrow a laptop for the duration of their programme of study.

Read more information on the laptop loan scheme. Support is available to students experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19—find out more.

Student spaces

Study spaces are now open at Pipitea, including over the mid-trimester break.

Go to the Library website for the latest information on available study spaces. You'll need to bring headphones and a laptop or use your own headphones on the library computers.

Wi-Fi and printing

Students using laptops and wireless capable desktop computers should automatically connect to ‘WellingtonUniversity’. Students will also have access to OneDrive as well as to your usual programmes (such as Office 365) provided by the University. If there is a problem—contact Digital Solutions:

Find more information on how to print at a different campus on our website.

Student services and support

We recognise that this has been a difficult time for our University community.

Please keep connecting with each other and checking in with fellow students. People may be experiencing a range of emotions in response to the protest.

Student services and support are now available at the Pipitea campus, as is Mauri Ora (Student Health and Counselling).

You can also contact the VUWSA advocates who provide a confidential service to support students with a range of issues.

Pipitea based student services and support is now open, including Tītoko—Student Success Advisor Support. Access your Student Success Advisors here:

Vic Books and Pipitea Fitness

Vic Books have made it easy for Pipitea students to access their textbooks and student notes while Pipitea campus is closed. Their Pipitea shop will reopen on Tuesday 26 April.

In the meantime, all books remain at their Kelburn store. You can shop in-person at Kelburn, or head to their dedicated webpages for:

Pipitea Fitness will reopen for staff and students on Tuesday 26 April.


If you have any questions about the University’s response to this situation, please contact students@vuw.ac.nz.