Our campuses

Figure out where your lectures will be held and learn a bit about our three main campuses. You can take a campus tour during the New Students' Orientation week.

Three Wellington sites

This is a short guide to the University's three main Wellington campuses—Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro. You can find more information on our campuses and other sites page or you can visit an Info Ihonui location in person.

You can also take a campus tour during the New Students’ Orientation week.

It's a good idea to check your timetable in advance and figure out the location of all your lecture theatres before classes start.

Building and room abbreviations

We use two letter abbreviations for each building, followed by the room number— lecture theatres are signalled by ‘LT’. The first digit of the room number tells you what level it is on. For example:

  • KK LT301 is a lecture theatre on the third floor of Kirk building.
  • AM 225 is a seminar room on the second floor of the Alan MacDiarmid building.

Kelburn campus

Located on Kelburn Parade, the Kelburn campus is our largest campus and the central hub of the University. This campus is home to:

Most 100-level (first-year) courses are taught on the Kelburn campus.

The Hub

The Hub is the centre of the Kelburn campus. It's an open plan space that links the Library (Rankine Brown) building with Easterfield, Cotton, and Maclaurin buildings.

In the Hub you can meet friends, relax, visit Vic Books, get a coffee or bite to eat, login to the University's wifi, and study. On a fine day you can enjoy fresh air and sunshine in the Tim Beaglehole Courtyard outside.

Student Union Building

The Student Union Building on the Kelburn campus is home to many student services, including:

  • Mauri Ora—Student Health and Counselling
  • Manawa Ora—Student Wellbeing and The Bubble
  • Rainbow and Inclusion support
  • Refugee background students support
  • Salient (student newspaper) and the Victoria Broadcasting Club (88.3 FM)
  • The Club House (support for student club and societies)
  • Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA)
  • Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA).

Pipitea campus

Our Pipitea campus is located opposite Parliament in the city's legal and government centre. This campus is home to:

  • Faculty of Law, in the Government Buildings—for students studying a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
  • Wellington School of Business and Government in Rutherford House. Some staff from this school are available in the Murphy building on the Kelburn campus. This means they'll be on hand to help you during your first year (when most of your classes will be taught at Kelburn).

Te Aro campus

In the heart of Wellington's Cuba Quarter, Te Aro campus is located at 139 Vivian Street, close to the Cuba Street intersection. This campus is home to the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation—for students studying Architecture, Architectural Science, and Design subjects.

Food and drink outlets

There are lots of places to get something to eat or drink on or near our three campuses. Find out more on the campus food and drink page.