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Maintaining your personal wellbeing


Keeping on top of study and other commitments can be stressful - but it's important to make time for yourself, and to take care of your own personal wellbeing. Here are some tips on how to take care of yourself while you study.

Get active


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Exercise is a great form of stress relief and is also an essential part of maintaining your overall health. So why not get the heart pumping, and take advantage of some of the great fitness facilities available to you one campus?

The Recreation Centre offers subsidised rates for students, with the option of making fortnightly payments, or a lump-sum at the beginning of the semester/year.  It has an excellent mix of cardio and weights equipments - offering a good variety to suit every work out style.

As well as the gym, there are also a variety of classes available - including pump, zumba, spin, yoga and many more.

Gym not your thing? How about joining a sports club or team - there are a number of options to choose from (covering a wide range of interests) - and you could even make some great new friendships along the way!

Health and counselling


There are supportive and professional staff available at the Health and Counselling Service, based on level 3 of the Kate Edgar Information Commons.   Study can be stressful - and the student counselling service is a key resource available to help you get through. 

Make sure you enrol at the Health Centre for cheaper doctor’s visits. It’s also easy to pop-in when you’re at City Campus.

Find out the discounted rates for their services here.

AUSA Student Advice Hub


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The AUSA Student Advice Hub is a separate entity to the University, so offers un-biased support via the following services:

  • Advice on academic, financial and personal disputes and matters
  • Welfare and financial grants
  • Parentspace, a dedicated common room for student parents
  • Student representation at class, programme and university committee level
  • Action on wider education issues
  • Face-to-face student advocacy

They’re based through the Alfred St entrance of Old Choral Hall.

Take time to relax


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Whilst studying is important - it's also important that you schedule time to relax and do what you enjoy.

10 ideas to help you get relaxed

  1. Read a book, or finish one you’ve been meaning to. Auckland libraries are free to join up to and the City Campus library has a great variety to choose from - including an excellent fiction section.
  2. Make a cup of tea, coffee, or a juice and take some time to sit outside and get some fresh air. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, you’ll feel better for it.
  3. Listen to or play some music. If you’re musically minded, pick up the violin, play a piece on the piano or have a go at the recorder that you probably needed to learn back in primary school.
  4. Go for a walk around the block.  Take time to look around, take deep breaths and take your time. You might see things you usually hurry right past.
  5. Cook some comfort food or bake a sweet treat for your flat or family.
  6. Take a 20 minute cat-nap. Anything longer and you’ll start to go into deep sleep, and will wake groggy.
  7. Listen to a Podcast or an audiobook.
  8. Go for a swim at the beach, local pool, or ask a friend that has a pool at home. You’ll feel refreshed and it’s great on a hot day.
  9. Re-arrange your furniture (if possible). It can change the way you feel about the room and change is as good as a holiday. Clean as you go so that it’s a fresh change.
  10. Start a blog – get it all down on paper (or the keyboard!)