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Wellington is a safe city

Wellington is a safe place to live. In fact, we're ranked second in the world for personal safety of residents and visitors (The Economist Intelligence Unit 2017). Students here enjoy a safe and secure environment to live, work and study.

Study safe students

Many people, including lots of students, live in central Wellington so there are always people around, and the suburbs surrounding Wellington are quiet and peaceful. Plus there aren't any dangerous areas to avoid, like you might find in other cities around the world. 

Wellington is the only capital city in the world accredited as a Safe Community, an initiative endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

What's more, because Wellington is the capital city, you have easy access to the embassy of your home country, as well as New Zealand government agencies.

Keeping you safe

All education providers are required by the government to sign a code of pastoral care to ensure students like you have the care and support they need. In fact, New Zealand was the first country in the world to introduce this.

Some universities and other institutions have 24 hour security guards and secure access after hours. Local councils also run a number of community safety programmes, including some specifically aimed at students.

Wellington's Local Hosts

Local hosts

Wellington has a team of Local Hosts who are volunteer ambassadors for Wellington. They can be found out and about walking our beautiful city, helping with local information, giving directions or assisting in an emergency. They are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police

The New Zealand Police are there to help you if you ever need support. Feel free to approach them in the street, even if you just need directions.


Dial 111 in an emergency for police, fire or ambulance. 111 calls are free from mobile phones, landlines or phone boxes.