Life at Lincoln

Lincoln University is a diverse, collaborative and friendly community. We enjoy studying, learning and growing together in an environment of safety, inclusion and respect.

Student Voice

At Lincoln, we'll do all that we can to ensure your uni experience is positive and you achieve success through your study. We also like to involve students in our initiatives to improve life on campus. 

Student Experience Board

The Student Experience Board advocates for your needs as a Lincoln student. There is equal representation from LUSA (the Lincoln University Students’ Association), students and staff. The board is co-chaired by the LUSA President and a senior manager. 

Student Rep system

The Student Rep System is run by LUSA. Every semester, students from each course elect at least one student to represent the group. If you are chosen to carry out this role, you'll work alongside LUSA, the faculty deans and lecturers to provide feedback and suggestions for improvements to the course experience. 

The Flock

The Flock is a student voice community that provides feedback to the university, either informally or through workshops. LUSA and the Customer Experience Manager collaborate to develop student voice initiatives. 

LU Students' Association

LUSA are independent from the university, and offer impartial advice and support. They look after your student rights and make sure that Lincoln University does the same.

Their mission is to ensure 
you have a quality experience through representation, support and activities. Each year, students elect their executive team, which includes the LUSA President. Find out more about LUSA here

Te Awhioraki Māori Students' Association

Te Awhioraki support a quality university experience for all Māori students through representation, services and extracurricular activities. They also arrange social events, wananga and workshops to support Māori identity.  

Te Awhioraki are led by an executive team who do a lot of mahi on behalf of tauira Māori. The Tumuaki also sits on the LUSA executive team. 

Everybody, including Māori and non-Māori, is welcome at Te Whare. Find out more about Te Awhioraki here. 

Campus spaces

You’ll find plenty spaces on campus where you can meet up with other students or sit quietly to work or reflect. Grounded is a centrally-located meeting point with a great café, plenty of seating and a games room. There’s also a mini-theatre for watching movies or mini-seminars.

The headquarters of 
LUSA (Lincoln University Students’ Association) are located in Grounded, which is on the ground floor of the George Forbes Memorial Building.

Upstairs, you’ll find two dedicated postgraduate areas where students socialise, collaborate and share knowledge. There are kitchen facilities, whiteboards and study spaces. 

We also have a Chapel, Musalla (Islamic prayer space) and Te Whare. If you need a quiet space to study, the library in our iconic Ivey Hall building has private cubicles, bookable group study spaces and computer hot desks. 

A distinctive learning experience

We're globally recognised leaders in land-based and primary sector education, so hands-on learning is built into our programmes.

You’ll be working on farms and alongside industry and rūnanga to build your knowledge and experience. This helps you to cultivate specialised skills relevant to your study topic, which makes you even more attractive to employers.

Examples of practical experience include: 

  • Attending careers fairs where you connect with potential future employers 
  • Participating in field trips, where you practise your learning in a land-based context 
  • Carrying out practical work assignments that build your real-world experience 
  • Using the Lincoln University farms and campus as your living laboratory 
  • Taking advantage of our online learning options, giving you the freedom to earn a world-class qualification in your own time. 

Manaaki Tauira - Supporting student needs

A big part of the Lincoln experience involves nourishing our culture as a whānau. This means looking after yourself and those around you, as well as accessing our comprehensive support options when you need them.

Here are some of the ways we look after each other: 

  • Promoting being an upstander not a bystander 
  • Involving students in designing wellbeing initiatives for students 
  • Having a SAFELU app for quick access to support pathways and contacts  
  • Having a dedicated Wellbeing and International Support team 
  • Working closely with LUSA to ensure consistency and accessibility of support services 
  • Collaborating across the university to put student care first.