Information for parents and whānau

University education is a transformative and exciting experience - one that not only prepares students for careers but equips them with skills and experience to thrive in a world that will look so different to the one we know today.

If you’re a parent, whānau or a supporter of a child considering university study, you can use the information in this section to support your teen’s decision-making and help them adjust to the change from secondary school.

Videos: AUT’s vision for your child’s education

Hear from AUT Vice-Chancellor Damon Salesa and some of our leading academics on their vision for education, passion for teaching and how AUT will support your child to find their greatness.

Parents’ Hub: uni advice for parents and whānau

What support is available to students at university?

AUT offers some of the most comprehensive student services and support in New Zealand – our friendly team can help your child to navigate their studies, deal with challenges, plan their future options and more.
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Adjusting to university life: how the study year is structured

What to expect
Read our article for a quick overview of how the university year and AUT’s courses are structured, so you can support your child when they start university.
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Choosing high school subjects to prepare for a university future

Preparing for university
Subjects chosen at high school can provide your child with a foundation for future study at AUT. You can help your child to make the right choices so they can start working towards their tertiary study goals.
Career advice

What career advice is available at AUT?

Support and Employability
AUT has a dedicated Employability and Careers team who work closely with students and graduates to help them consider their career options and develop their skills to enable them to stand out to employers.

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Talk to an advisor about study options

Is your child thinking about studying at AUT? They can book a time with an advisor to discuss their study options. Our advisors can give you course and career-specific information.


Build your degree with our online tool

Some AUT bachelor’s degrees offer students the flexibility to include subjects from another area as part of their degree. Use our online degree builder to see what their study could look like.


Student accommodation

Is your child planning to live away from home when they study at AUT? The student accommodation at our North and our City Campus is convenient and modern, and is a great environment to make new friends.


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AUT City Campus

55 Wellesley Street East
Auckland Central
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AUT North Campus

90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
south campus

AUT South Campus

640 Great South Rd
Manukau, Auckland

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Why choose AUT?

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Compare AUT bachelor's degrees

Not sure which AUT degree is the right fit? Explore the different bachelor’s degrees your teen can study at AUT, compare their duration and flexibility, and check if they include relevant workplace experience.


Info for your teen

Does your teen need a bit more info about university study and how to make the transition from school to university smoother? We’ve compiled some helpful info and resources to help them plan their future.


Parents’ Guide

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Our Parents’ Guide showcases AUT’s strengths as a university, as well as providing practical information about what to expect from university study.

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