The North Shore is blessed with amenities such as a leisure centre, swimming pools, libraries, parks and places to enjoy its natural assets such as golf ranges, boating and sporting clubs. There are large shopping centres with bus networks and ferry services into Auckland City. The North Shore has two major universities and a number of other tertiary education establishments. Many of its secondary schools enjoy excellent reputations.
Within Glenfield itself, there are many amenities of interest to teenage students. Many international students use the Glenfield Leisure Centre just five minutes away from Glenfield College. It has a well-equipped gymnasium and excellent swimming pool. The Leisure Centre is next door to a large shopping mall with shops and cafes much visited by students.