The University and its campuses

The University


The University has seven campuses with eight faculties representing each of its main disciplines: Arts; Business and Economics; Creative Arts and Industries; Education and Social Work; Engineering; Law; Medical and Health Sciences; and Science. It also has two large-scale research institutes: the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Liggins Institute.

Many courses and research activities reflect Auckland’s and New Zealand’s place in the world. This perspective has long been a feature of our programmes. For example, Pacific archaeology, ethnology and languages are emphasised in the discipline of Anthropology. Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean, are taught, and Pacific Island languages were introduced in 1991.

Geographers carry out fieldwork in the Pacific Islands, while University scientists make frequent study trips to the Antarctic. The Leigh Marine Laboratory, about 100km north of Auckland and part of the Faculty of Science, brings together a wide range of expertise and facilities to work towards our understanding of the marine environment.

The University continues to build on these foundations with the introduction of the Bachelor of Global Studies in 2018 and the Bachelor of Design in 2020. A suite of exclusively on-line taught masters programmes is being progressively offered from 2020.

The University of Auckland recognises research and research-led teaching as a primary responsibility of its academic staff. High-quality research on a large scale and across the full range of disciplines represented by faculties and Large-Scale Research Institutes is essential to ensure the place of the University of Auckland among the leading international research universities. University researchers contribute to the growth of new knowledge by conducting fundamental research across a wide range of fields in the natural, human and social sciences, the humanities and creative arts. The University fosters the commercialisation of its research to assist in the pursuit of the country’s economic objectives and applies it so as to enhance social values and advance the wellbeing of all New Zealanders. Research underpins the University’s obligation to act as a critic and conscience of society. As the leading research university in New Zealand, the University of Auckland is committed to the quality and excellence of its degree courses including its postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

The City Campus

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The City Campus, established in 1883, is in the heart of Auckland City. Separated from the tower blocks of the central business district by historic Albert Park on its western flank, the campus covers over 20 hectares. To the southeast lie the trees and open spaces of the Auckland Domain. Its proximity to the cultural and commercial amenities of the country’s largest city, attractive green setting and harbour views bestows advantages enjoyed by few inner city campuses anywhere.

The City Campus has undergone major development during its existence with many refurbished and new building works. Planning is underway to rebuild and refurbish the City Campus buildings for the Faculty of Engineering to meet current and future teaching and research needs.

A new 32,000m2 building for the Faculty of Engineering is complete and design is underway for a new Recreation  and Wellness Centre building.

The Newmarket Campus

The 5.2 hectare Newmarket site was previously owned and occupied by Lion Breweries, and acquired by the University in 2013 to develop as a long term mixed-use campus. The Newmarket Campus is a major strategic acquisition for the University which will provide opportunities for long-term growth close to the City and Grafton campuses. The site’s benefits include the opportunity to integrate campus development across the city, providing long term additional space to develop purpose-built research facilities and student accommodation, as well as other business development opportunities.

The campus houses the Faculty of Engineering research facilities as well as the Department of Exercise Sciences (Faculty of Science).

Newmarket Campus
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The Tāmaki Innovation Campus

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The Tāmaki Innovation Campus is permanently closed.

As part of its long-term strategy to consolidate activities at the City, Grafton and Newmarket campuses, the University of Auckland completed its relocation of teaching, research and other activities from the Tāmaki Innovation Campus, which it had previously sold, in 2019.

Services formerly offered at Tāmaki continue to be delivered by the University of Auckland Clinics, providing expertise to clients from their new locations. The Hearing and Tinnitus, Optometry, Nutrition and Dietetic and Speech Language Therapy Clinics are now located in new facilities on the Grafton Campus. The Health and Rehabilitation Clinic is in new premises on the Newmarket Campus and the Psychology Clinic is located in the Faculty of Science on the City Campus.

The Grafton Campus

Grafton campus
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Located opposite Auckland City Hospital and the entrance to the Domain, the Grafton Campus covers a 2.75 hectare site on Park Road, Grafton. Originally established for the School of Medicine in 1968, the site was recognised as a separate campus in 1995 and in 2008 was formally designated as the Grafton Campus.

Home to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) and the Liggins Institute, the campus is a modern biomedical and health education and training facility, complemented by a specialist medical library, the Philson.

The campus houses a number of significant research facilities, including the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa, the Centre for Brain Research, a state-of-the-art Biomedical Imaging Research Unit, the Centre for Advanced MRI, the Clinical Research Centre, the Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank, the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank, Grafton Clinical Genomics, the Clinical Skills Centre and the Auckland Medical Research Foundation Medical Sciences Learning Centre.

With the opening of the new Park West building, all Faculty schools are represented on campus, as well as hosting publically accessible teaching and research clinics and Speech Science (part of the Faculty of Science).

Satellite clinical campuses of FMHS operate at Middlemore, North Shore, Tauranga and Waikato Hospitals with further clinical sites at Henderson, Whangarei, Rotorua, Whakatane and New Plymouth.

The Epsom Campus

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The Epsom Campus was established in 1926 as the site of the Auckland College of Education, formerly known as the Auckland Teachers’ College and the Auckland Teachers’ Training College (established 1881). Upon the amalgamation of the Auckland College of Education and the University of Auckland in 2004, the Epsom Campus became the primary site for the new Faculty of Education.

The 11.5 hectare campus on Epsom Avenue is approximately four kilometres from the City Campus and three kilometres from the Grafton Campus. It is flanked by Mt Eden Village to the west, Maungawhau (Mt Eden) Domain to the north, and directly adjoins Auckland Normal Intermediate and Kohia Schools and Melville Park to the south and south-east. The campus is well sited for major transport routes. Established trees and gardens complement diverse facilities, including pool, gymnasia, café, marae, tennis courts, health and counselling centre and early childhood centres, to make this an attractive study location.

The Epsom Campus also houses the Kohia Centre and retail outlet, the Woolf Fisher Research Centre and the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library.

The South Auckland Campus

The University is opening a new campus in central Manukau in 2020. It will have space and resources to build and support community and school relationships, and provide more study options for communities in South and East Auckland in particular.

Initially, the Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Tertiary Foundation Certificate (Education pathway) and New Start programmes are being offered at the new South Auckland Campus, with a limited number of General Education courses to be taught from Semester 2, 2020. Other local University of Auckland students can use the space for informal study, and study-support services will be available to all students.

The opening of the new campus marks the end of a 20-year partnership with Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), with whom the University previously delivered its programmes from Otara.

The Tai Tokerau Campus

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The Tai Tokerau Campus in Whangārei was established by the Auckland College of Education in 1992. Centrally located, the campus offers lecture rooms, student centre, library and a base for a range of Faculty of Education and Social Work programmes and staff, while also providing a base for a wider presence of the University of Auckland in the North.

The Leigh Campus


The Leigh Marine Laboratory, situated at Leigh, north of Auckland, houses the University's Marine Science Research Facility.