All international students in New Zealand require medical and travel insurance. Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.

If you become injured or have health problems, there are a number of options available to you:

On campus

For general health problems, contact the Medical Centre to make an appointment to see a doctor.

Private consultations

Please visit this Government Website that provides up-to-date information about healthcare providers, referral expectations, services offered and common treatments if you need a doctor.


If you are severely injured or ill, you can access treatment at Auckland City Hospital’s 24-hour Emergency or Casualty department.

In an emergency dial 111. This will connect you to an operator who will put you through to the service you require: Fire, Ambulance or Police. This is a free calling number from your landline or your mobile phone. The front of the telephone book has other emergency numbers. Please also notify the Emergency Line by dialling the International Emergency Number: +64 21 829 510

Unitec Security

If you are involved in / witness an incident on campus, please ring the Unitec Security Line on 0800 10 95 10. They are available 24/7.

For more information, please check the Safety and Security page.


New Zealand has been ranked as one of the safest countries to live in. However, it is important to take precautions and to trust your instincts. Just like any country, do not leave yourself vulnerable in any situation you feel uncertain about. Watch the Safety in the City video to make the most of your time here.

The following are some safety measures to keep in mind:

  • Tell a friend, flatmate or Unitec staff member if you are going away and when you are expected to return
  • Carry only small amounts of cash with you and keep valuables hidden
  • Do not walk on your own at night
  • If you are on campus and feel unsafe, call Unitec security on 0800 10 95 90 and ask for assistance
  • Always lock your room, house and/or car
  • Don’t accept rides from strangers and do not hitch-hike
  • Don’t travel in any vehicle if you think the driver has consumed alcohol or has been using drugs
  • Don’t borrow or lend large amounts of money
  • Always read a document before signing it - if you cannot understand the document we can provide support and/or a contact for an interpreter
  • Keep your receipts for all large purchases.