Frequently Asked Questions
Scroll through this list of student focused FAQs to find answers to questions related to the move from Epsom Campus to City Campus
Why is the faculty moving to City Campus?
In recent years, the University has signalled its intention to relocate the Faculty of Education and Social Work from Epsom to the City Campus. This move is a part of the University’s long-term strategy to consolidate its central Auckland sites and to invest in the development of Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, South Auckland Campus, and the upgrade of the Te Papa Ako o Tai Tokerau, Tai Tokerau Campus.
The University is committed to providing Faculty of Education and Social Work students with an excellent learning, teaching and study environment in the city. The move will provide a comprehensive University experience to our students, bringing greater and easier access to support services and student clubs, societies and amenities that are concentrated on the City Campus.
Is Epsom Campus going to be sold?
A decision about the future of Epsom Campus is distinct from the relocation of the Faculty of Education and Social Work from Epsom to the City Campus.
However, the University is evaluating future options for the land and buildings, following the planned relocation of the faculty. The University is committed to keeping our students, staff, neighbours, and other stakeholders informed as the future of the site is considered.
When are we moving?
The relocation of the Faculty of Education and Social Work from Epsom Campus to the City Campus will begin in November 2023, in readiness for teaching in 2024.
What is happening to the marae on Epsom Campus?
The wharenui, Tūtahi Tonu, will be re-established on City Campus. It will be located alongside Te Puna Wānanga in Building 113. The wharekai, Te Piringa, will be provided, as will bathrooms. Together these will continue to function as marae space for the faculty.
Will our EDSW building locations on City Campus be further apart that we currently are at Epsom Campus?
No, our building locations are closer together, right in the middle of the City Campus in Sector 100 and 200. Old Choral Hall (B104) will not be ready for us until later in 2024 so there are some temporary locations which you can see in the below map and the table below also.
Where will my school / lecturers be located?
Faculty Academic and Professional Staff will be in 4 different locations
|City Campus Location 2024||Faculty of Education and Social Work School/Group|
|B201||Curriculum and Pedagogy (CURRPD) and Counselling, Human Services and Social Work (CHSSWK) (staff and doctoral students), and some EDSW Operations staff )|
|B435 (not shown on map, located at 58 Symonds St)||Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) staff and doctoral students, Learning, Development and Professional Practice (LDPP) doctoral students, and EDSW Research Centres|
|B212 (Merchant House)||Student Development and Engagement Team, including academic support, Research Services and the Practicum Placement Team|
|B113||Te Puna Wānanga, Pasifika Success,|
|Tūtahi Tonu, wharanui and facilities, Te Korowai Atawhai|
||Learning, Development and Professional Practice (LDPP) staff (LDPP doctoral students will be based in B435 until the completion of Old Choral Hall (B104)|
Old Choral Hall
|From 2025 home to EDSW Executive and Operations Staff, CRISTIE staff and doctoral students, and LDDP doctoral students|
Can students go and have a look round our new locations?
All students are welcome on City Campus at any time. From late September 2023 the faculty will organise tours for current students to familiarise you with the new locations and with the City Campus more generally, for example the retail and study facilities available to all students.
Study related questions
What’s going to happen to the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library when the faculty moves to City Campus?
The Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library collections at Epsom Campus will be relocated to Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui | General Library at the City Campus, with low-use items being moved to the On-Demand Collection. Services to the faculty’s staff and students will be offered from the General Library and Kate Edger Information Commons.
The Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library at Tai Tokerau will remain in its current location.
When will books and other materials start to move out of the Sylvia Ashton-Warner library?
Low use items Library started to be moved to the On-Demand Collection in May 2023. Items will always be available on request via the Catalogue. Relocation of material to the General Library is being planned for after Semester 2, 2023.
How much study space is available in the General Library to accommodate the additional students from Epsom Campus?
The General Library has nearly 1,200 study spaces, (126 with PCs), and the nearby Kate Edger Information Commons has 1,200 study spaces (453 with PCs). In addition, a range of informal student spaces are available in the Student Commons (adjacent to Kate Edger) and in B201 Level 3 and Level 4 atrium.
Library and Learning Services (LLS) is working with Property Services on plans to revitalise Levels 1 and M of the General Library, in line with the aspirations of Taumata Teitei and Whakamana Tangata. If approved, this will result in a modern and attractive environment for students, with a range of options for learning, collaborating, relaxing, and connecting; and spaces where students feel they belong, especially Māori and Pacific students, and that reflect our place in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa.
Will there be a student commons area when we move to City Campus and where will this be?
From 2024 EDSW students will be able to use the B201 Atrium as a student space where there will be a café, seating and plenty of room to hang out.
Study spaces are also available in Kate Edgar Information Commons on Symonds/Alfred Street and elsewhere across the City Campus.
Getting to City Campus
What the best ways to get to the City Campus on public transport?
There are large number of buses and trains that come into Auckland City, some of them arrive and depart from around the City Campus. For more details on public transport options, please see the Auckland Transport Journey Planner.
Where can I park my car?
There are several car parks and on street parking meters on and around City Campus which students and visitors can pay for on a casual basis. There are a variety of Council and privately run car parking buildings all within easy walking distance of City Campus. Click here for on-campus and other parking options and information.
Will I be able to store my bike securely at the City Campus?
Yes, there are several secure bike stores located around the City Campus, close to the faculty's buildings. Read more about bike storage, including where the bike stores are located on City Campus.
Will I be able to charge my e-bike or e-scooter at the City Campus?
Yes, as the bike facilities are upgraded around the City Campus, power sockets are being included within the secure storage facilities.
City Campus facilities
Are there gender-neutral toilets at the City Campus?
Gender-neutral washrooms are being included as buildings are being redeveloped. There are gender-neutral toilets in the Engineering building (B405) and they are included in the redeveloped B201 and will be in place when the faculty moves to the City Campus. Gender-neutral toilets will have “Toilet” signage on the door.
Where can I work out?
The temporary Recreation Centre is on Stanley St pending the opening of the new multi storey Recreation Centre planned for opening later in 2024. Click here for information on the Recreation Centre development.
Where can I get lunch?
There are loads of options on City Campus. Click here to find out more.
If you want to bring your own lunch, kitchen spaces for heating food are available in B201 and Kate Edgar Student Commons. Information on student kitchen facilities can be found here.
What social, fun things are there to do on City Campus?
There are over 200 student run clubs and societies for students to join on City Campus. The Clubs Expo is happening on 17 – 19 July 2023 on City Campus. Go along and see what’s available and join up for 2024!!
What other spaces are there at City Campus?
There's a variety of spaces catering for the needs of different groups. On City Campus you can access the Queer Space, Women’s Space and Cultural Spaces. For information on the Maclaurin chapel visit here and for other denomination prayer rooms here.
Artworks and Artefacts
Will the University take away the faculty art collection?
No. The faculty’s art collection was developed before the amalgamation of the Auckland College of Education (ACE) and the University of Auckland. Since amalgamation, the ACE collection has been integrated into the wider university collection, along with other artworks at City, Grafton and Tamaki campuses.