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Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand | Public



Victoria University of Wellington is a public university in New Zealand. It was established in the year 1897 by Act of Parliament and at that time, it was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.

The university has well-established programs in law, the humanities, as well as several scientific disciplines. Also, it offers a broad range of other courses. As a matter of fact, it is one of only three institutions in New Zealand to offer a degree in architecture.

Victoria has a good reputation both at national and international levels. According to the New Zealand Government's Performance-Based Research Fund exercise, the university had the highest average research grade in the year 2012, having been ranked 3rd in 2003 and 4th in 2006. Globally, the university has been ranked 221st in the 2018 World's Top 500 universities by the QS World University Rankings.




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Victoria University of Wellington has its main campus located in Kelburn, which is a suburb on a hill facing the Wellington central business district. There you can find most of the school’s faculties such as administration faculty, humanities & social science faculty as well as science faculties. The city features an urban style of a settlement, having all basic amenities in place. There are shopping malls along every street where you could easily get all that you need. There are various relaxation centers within the city where you can opt-in to chill out.


Victor has various structures that are needed to run the university effectively. There are several buildings which are meant for administrative blocks, lecture rooms, research centers, as well as for other academic purposes. The university library has a lovely aesthetic design. It was established in 1899 with its collections dispersed over four locations: Law Library, Kelburn Library, Architecture Commerce Library, and Design Library and. The library has a collection of digital resources online. In addition, there are numerous copies of printed books and journals as well as several works in audio recordings, microform, videos, and other media that are consistent with the University's academic program needs.

There is a railway station situated within the main campus of the university as well as the Hunter Building located in Kelburn Campus. The university owns the New Zealand School of Music in conjunction with Massey University.

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Victoria University of Wellington provides various accommodations to its students. There are various residing options to choose from, ranging from halls of residence, homestays or flats. The halls of residence are a nice place to make friends in your first year of study. The university has 14 halls of residence with shared apartments, single room, catered and self-catered options. Surely, the halls are designed with a variety of accommodation styles to meet your needs. All halls are smoke-free and are within walking distance of the various campuses.

There is the option of private housing for interested students. Student flat in Wellington central offers independence, freedom, economical-living, and responsibility. The Wellington region provides a variety of housing options including apartments, townhouses, family homes, and old houses that have been converted to flats. Studios, bed-sits, private board, and furnished rooms are also available.


The university has a balanced faculty to student ratio of 1:45 comprising of 21,202 students out of which 16,787 are undergraduates while 4,829 are postgraduates. It has strong faculty strength and these include Victoria Business School, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Education, Engineering, Graduate Research, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Science. The university has more than 40 research centers and institutes.

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The return of investment for Victoria graduates is high. Most of the graduates get employed immediately after rounding off their programs. As a matter of fact, the school offers opportunities to its students for local and global engagement.

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