Living in Wellington
Wellington is ideal for student life. Compact and lively, New Zealand’s capital city is also the country’s political, scientific, and cultural heart.
Being a student in Wellington
Learn from the best
Victoria University of Wellington gives students opportunities to learn from the many national decision makers, top creative talents, and leading researchers based in Wellington.
Having a car is optional
The city is compact enough to get most places on foot. It also has an excellent public transport system that includes trains, buses, and one rather special cable car.
Be surrounded by natural goodness
Wellington is a beautiful region that makes the most of its natural setting. It’s home to a busy harbour, beaches, mountains, miles of coastline, and acres of native bush to explore.
Always have something to do
Whether you’re in search of active adventures, cultural experiences, special events, great cafés, fun activities, good shopping, a memorable night out, or just something free—Wellington’s got you covered every day of the week. Discover Wellington.
National organisations and research links
Wellington is home to many national organisations, all of which have strong and well-established teaching and research links to Victoria University of Wellington.
- Court of Appeal
- Supreme Court
- National Library
- Archives New Zealand
- Parliament Library.
Wellington also has the highest concentration of science organisations in the country, including many Crown Research Institutes.
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- Alexander Turnbull Library
- Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
- New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
- Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.
Top 10 Wellington must-dos for students
Victoria University of Wellington and its students are a vital part of Wellington's colourful character. Get out there and make some memories!
1. Wander the waterfront
The waterfront is a great place to go walking, running, skating, and biking, or to just sit and chill. On Sundays there's the Harbourside Market.
2. Experience the nightlife
Wellington has thriving theatre and music scenes with live shows every night of the week. The city prides itself on being the culinary capital and there are always new dining options to try. If you're planning a night on the town, Courtenay Place is a good place to start.
3. Tour Parliament
Definitely not just for politics students, a tour of the Beehive is for anyone with an interest in art, architecture, and how decisions are made in New Zealand. It's also free.
4. Indulge your love of movies
Wellywood is home to Weta Workshop and the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. It also has many cinemas, some of which have student discounts or cheap nights. In summer, outdoor movie theatres often pop up around the region.
5. Take in Te Papa
6. Walk with the animals
7. Check out Cuba Street
Known as New Zealand’s coolest street, colourful Cuba Street is a haven for buskers, bohemians, coffee-lovers, vintage shoppers, and culinary enthusiasts.
8. Get active
Hitting the mountain biking trails, taking a dip in Oriental Bay, surfing at Lyall Bay, walking the town belt, and sailing or kayaking on the harbour are just some of the ways Wellingtonians enjoy the great outdoors. Get the free WellyWalks app and explore Wellington on foot.
9. Pack a picnic
10. Enjoy the view from the top
Head up to the Mount Victoria lookout for panoramic views of Wellington.