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Top reasons to study in Wellington

Wellington is the best choice for smart, ambitious and creative students from all over the world. Here are our top reasons for why you should make Wellington your campus.

Excellent education systems

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New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world according to the Legatum Prosperity Index Institute. This prestigious ThinkTank analyses wealth, economic growth and quality of life across 142 countries. We're also home to the number one university in New Zealand for research quality, Victoria University, and have a range of other outstanding education facilities including two more world-ranked universities and three highly regarded institutes of technology.

Great quality of life

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According to the The Nielsen Quality of Life Survey, released in October 2016, 87% of Wellingtonians report a "good" or "better" quality of life, and 85% of Wellingtonians report their overall health and wellbeing as “good”, “very good” or “excellent".

Compact and walkable city

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All three universities are within 15 minutes’ walk of downtown Wellington and so are many other tertiary providers and schools. Wellington is also well connected by an efficient and clean train and bus network - which helps explain why Wellington has the highest public transport use per capita in New Zealand!

Loads of beautiful open spaces

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The green belt which fringes downtown Wellington is filled with walking and biking tracks, and the waterfront precinct is the ultimate spot for a lunchtime wander. We get over 2100 sunshine hours each year, so you'll have plenty of chances to get out and enjoy our beautiful city! (NIWA). With a great collection of regional parks and 497km of coastline, the great outdoors is always within easy reach in Wellington. 

Smart capital

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You'll be right at home amongst the most highly educated workforce in the country. 28% percent of people in the region aged 15 years and over hold a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest qualification, compared with 20% nationally (Statistics New Zealand). We are also home to the most research intensive university in New Zealand - Victoria University.

High tech capital

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We're home to many award-winning and innovative business such as Weta Workshop and Weta DigitalXero and Pik Pok, thanks to our rapidly growing and cutting edge digital technology and post-production industry. Wellington has the highest proportion of people employed in knowledge intensive services in the country, making this an exciting place to live and study.

We are the Middle of Middle-earth


Affectionately known as the Middle of Middle-earth, we are the city where movie-making comes to life. The award-winning talent in Wellington has contributed to projects like The Hobbit, The Adventures of Tintin, Avatar, The Lovely Bones, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many more.

Safe city

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Wellington is a safe place to live – it’s the only capital city in the world accredited as a 'Safe Community’ according to the Safe Communities model, and endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It's also ranked as the 9th best city for personal safety in the world (Mercer 2014 Quality of Life Survey).


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People from all over the world choose to live in Wellington, making it a diverse and exciting place to be. Statistics New Zealand estimate that 25% of people that call Wellington ‘home’ were born in another country. 

Culinary capital

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We love food! Wellington, reputably, has more restaurants, cafes and bars per capita than New York City. Missing food from your home country? Don’t panic – we will have it!  And if you really like food, Visa Wellington On a Plate, the premier food event in Wellington and New Zealand brings together over 100 food events in August each year.

Festival city of New Zealand

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Wellington is a fun and vibrant place to live, with an calendar constantly full of awesome events to get involved in. From cultural delights to sports matches and everything in between, you'll find plenty to entertain in our calendar of good times.

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