Support for refugee-background students

Find out about the range of support services available to refugee-background students.

Accommodation services

Live where you study to enrich your university experience. Visit accommodation services to choose from catered halls of residence or a range of living options in flats and apartments close to our three campuses in Kelburn and the heart of Wellington Central.

Careers and employment

Our careers and employment team can help you to connect with employers and the community and prepare for your future employment. Develop your skills and experiences through our programmes and launch your career with confidence.


The chaplaincy team’s common ground is their deep care for the university, and faith in God. They all have different backgrounds and life experiences that help them do their work well. Their mission is one of care and hospitality. They hold space for students and staff to connect, reflect, and find support as they navigate university life.

Disability Services

Disability Services is a leading provider of disability advice, expertise, and support. We work in partnership with staff, students, and the disability community to strengthen Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s culture of inclusion, celebrate disability, and ensure students can fully participate and achieve their aspirations.

Financial support and advice

There is assistance for you to manage your money—managing your student loan or allowance, paying fees, budgeting, and scholarship applications.

Mauri Ora—Student Health and Counselling

Mauri Ora—Student Health and Counselling provide a range of services to help students manage their physical and mental wellbeing while at university.

Find out how to make a counselling appointment and what to expect when you see a counsellor.

Rainbow students

We offer a range of services and resources for students who identify with diverse sexual orientations and sex and gender identities.

Student Learning

Student Learning advisors are interested in working with students from diverse backgrounds. Student Learning offers individual appointments, workshops, and resources to help you develop your academic skills and writing, and become an independent learner.

Student recruitment and orientation

Student recruitment and orientation provide study, admission, and course advice information and resources to assist school careers advisers in working with students.

Students who are considering Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington can sign up to receive relevant information and updates. They can also request a phone or video appointment to discuss their study options.

University Kids Wellington

We welcome your child to our on-campus ‘home away from home’, where they can play, learn, and make friends in a safe and stimulating environment.
Your child will be well-cared for by our qualified and experienced staff. We offer a range of session options to suit, and welcome enrolments from staff, students, and the general public. University Kids Wellington can care for children aged from birth to four years.


Maintaining a good level of wellbeing can be a challenge while you are studying. Get some helpful tips, access resources, or attend a course or workshop.