Rainbow students

University can be a challenging time, especially for Rainbow students. Find out where to go for support, advocacy, safe spaces and social connection. 

Support and representation at the University

Rainbow Student Network

Supported by the Rainbow Support Worker, this group provides rainbow students a chance to socialise and have fun with peers and discuss issues affecting rainbow students at the University. Find out more, including how to join, here.

Rainbow Support Worker

The Rainbow Support Worker takes a holistic, personalised approach to student wellbeing for our rainbow community, offering 1:1 and group opportunities to discuss issues that might impact student success. This includes offering wellbeing support, the provision of rainbow education and training resources, and addressing structural issues within our tertiary environment. The role also seeks to cultivate a rainbow community and enhanced sense of belonging for students. Meet them here.

AUSA Queer Rights Officer

The Queer Rights Officer (QRO) is an executive role in the AUSA. Each year a student is elected by student union members. Their responsibility is to support, represent and advocate on behalf of queer students both to the University, and to AUSA. They also look after Queerspace.
Email qro@ausa.org.nz or visit the AUSA Queer Student Council Facebook page.


Queerspace is a common room and safe space for Rainbow students at the University. Run by AUSA and administered by the Queer Rights Officer, Queerspace is a combined social and study space.

Connect with your Faculty Rainbow group

A number of Faculties at the University have social and academic communities for Rainbow staff and students.

If you do not see your Faculty represented in the list above, try finding the Rainbow contact for your Faculty.

Information for transgender students

Legal name change process

Financial assistance can be granted by the University to reimburse the costs associated with one legal name change. See the guidelines for the University of Auckland support for trans and gender diverse students’ legal name change for more information about eligibility and what costs are able to be reimbursed.

Trans On Campus

Trans On Campus is a support network, social group and advocacy group for gender diverse students and staff. Email transoncampus@auckland.ac.nz

Gender-neutral toilets on campus

The number of unisex toilets on campus is of interest to the Equity Office, who are working together with Property Services to increase these facilities. Transgender and gender diverse people are welcome to use the toilets of their choice. Information about gender-neutral toilets at the City Campus is updated as work continues.

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