The Epsom move

Updated Friday 24 November 2023

From this month, the University is welcoming the Faculty of Education and Social Work from its current location in Epsom to City Campus in readiness for teaching in 2024.

The move to the refurbished building B201 on Symonds Street will offer education and social work students improved access to a wide range of support services, as well as student clubs and amenities on City Campus. It will also provide improved teaching spaces that will enable increased opportunities for inter-faculty engagement and academic collaboration.

  • By the start of Semester One 2024, most of the Education and Social Work faculty will be located in B201 and in the newly renovated Old Choral Hall on Symonds Street from early 2025, as well as two nearby buildings.
  • The Epsom Campus Marae (Te Aka Matua ki Te Pou Hawaiki) will be re-established on City Campus with all of its precious taonga, alongside Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori and Indigenous Education) in Building 113.
  • The Epsom Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library collections will be relocated to Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui, General Library at the City Campus

The move is part of the University’s long-term strategy to consolidate its central Auckland sites and to invest in the development of the 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 will be evaluating future options for the land and buildings on the Epsom site following the relocation, and is committed to keeping students, staff, neighbours, and other stakeholders informed as the future of the site is considered.

The atrium is over two stories high, and has five peaked rooves.
Inside Building 201's atrium

FAQs

When will the move happen?

The move began in November 2023 and will continue in a phased manner until the start of Semester One 2024, ready for teaching.

Where will EDSW’s new location be?

EDSW will eventually be located in several buildings near the centre of the City Campus, including the newly redeveloped Building 201, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister on 19 September 2023, and the renovated Old Choral Hall, which will be ready early in 2025. Until work is completed, there will be several temporary locations.

Aerial photo showing EDSW's new locations. Five buildings in two adjacent blocks, buildings 201 {&E}, 240, 104, 113 and 114.

What benefits will the move bring?

The move will create an enhanced student experience for EDSW students, with improved access to a wide range of support services and student clubs, societies and amenities on the City Campus. It will also provide improved teaching spaces enabling contemporary blended teaching practices, and increased opportunities for inter-faculty engagement and academic collaboration.

What will happen to the Epsom site?

The University is evaluating future options for the land and buildings, following the relocation of the faculty, and is committed to keeping our students, staff, neighbours, and other stakeholders informed as the future of the site is considered.

What is happening to the marae on Epsom Campus?

The wharenui, Tūtahi Tonu, will be re-established on the City Campus, 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.

What is happening to the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library?

The Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library collections 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. The last day the Sylvia Ashton-Warner library will be open is Monday 13 November 2023. 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.