UniGuide Programme

UniGuide connects you with a student mentor who can help you settle into university life.

Becoming a UniGuide

2018 UniGuide applications are now open!

Note: In order to apply, you first need to join the UniGuide portal. Hit 'Join now', after following the link above.

The UniGuide Programme gives you an opportunity to:

  • Give back to the University by helping others just starting their academic career.
  • Develop leadership, mentoring and networking skills.
  • Meet heaps of new people and get connected to the University of Auckland and all that it has to offer.
  • Enhance your CV through valued volunteer experience.
  • Talk to students live online before the semester starts.
So what have you got to lose? Represent your faculty and University with pride! Sign up to become a UniGuide!
Interviews will being held at various times from Monday 18 September to Friday 26 January, with no interviews being held in December. You'll be able to choose your interview date and time once you've submitted your application form.
Important dates to know:
Dates Important information
Thursday 15 - Friday 16 February UniGuide training
Monday 19 - Friday 23 February Semester One Orientation

UniGuides also have the option to continue and help out in Semester Two. Here are some opportunities for UniGuides during Semester Two, 2018:

Dates Important information
Monday 9 July Semester Two training
Thursday 12 - Friday 13 July Semester Two Orientation
Saturday 25 August 2018 Courses and Careers Open Day

About the programme

As a new student at the University, it can be challenging to meet new friends, learn about campus resources and services, or find out where classes are located.

The UniGuide programme is a free service designed to help make your first semester easier, by connecting you with a student mentor who can show you the ropes.

Whether it is a question about buying books, using public transportation, or finding a good cup of coffee, UniGuides are there to help.

Watch this short video to learn more about the UniGuide Programme:

What is a UniGuide?

UniGuides are current students who volunteer their time to help new students settle into their new University life. During semester, your UniGuide mentor will provide guidance and support including helping you meet new friends, learn about campus resources and services, or even just to find your classes. Whether you have a question about buying books, using public transportation or finding a good cup of coffee, your UniGuide can help!

In Semester One 2016, nearly 300 UniGuides served as mentors for nearly 5,000 new students.

During the semester, your UniGuide will provide guidance and support through:

  • Giving you tips.
  • Sending weekly UniGuide e-newsletters.
  • Letting you know about different activities on campus.
  • Answering or following up on any questions you might have.

See an example of our weekly UniGuides e-newsletter

How do I get a UniGuide?

You will be matched with a UniGuide and placed into small groups of new students from the same faculty at your faculty Orientation. Look for them wearing a red shirt!

Afterwards, your UniGuide will show you around campus, answer any questions you might have, and get you settled into student life at the University of Auckland. 

If you would like to chat to a UniGuide before Orientation then check back to this website in January where we will have UniGuides available to chat to online!

For more information, email uniguide@auckland.ac.nz.