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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.

World-class education system

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

Great quality of life

Wellington is world-renowned as an amazing place to live. In 2017 the city was named the best place in the world to live by Deutsche Bank, and Lonely Planet famously called Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’. People who live in Wellington rate their own quality of life very highly, with 87% of residents reporting good quality of life.

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

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 feel right at home surrounded by the most highly educated population in the country. 28% percent of people in Wellington 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 innovative business such as Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, Xero and Pik Pok, part of Wellington's rapidly growing and digital technology industry. The region 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 Ghost in the Shell, The Hobbit, Pete's Dragon, Avatar, Krampus, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many more.

Safe city

Wellington is a safe place to live – it’s the only capital city in the world accredited as a 'Safe Community’ a ranking endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It's also ranked as the 10th best city for personal safety in the world (Mercer 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 – there are specialist supermarkets and restaurants with food from around the world. And if you really like food, make sure you take part in the Visa Wellington On a Plate festival held 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 full of exciting events. From annual festivals, cultural delights, live performances to sports matches and everything in between, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.