Palmerston North Homestay

Homestay accommodation is when a student lives with a local family in the family’s home. Homestay is very popular for international students because this environment gives them the opportunity to practise English and learn about New Zealand culture in a safe and supportive environment. Homestay is also a good option for other students who would benefit from living in a family environment.

Please note:

  • All international students under the age of 18 must live in Massey-approved homestay, designated caregiver accommodation, or with their parents. 
  • All Massey University approved homestay accommodation is compliant with the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

Massey University feels strongly about providing its students with quality accommodation options. We visit each prospective homestay host and carry out a police check on them before they can become approved hosts. Each Massey University homestay student must be provided with 24-hour access to his or her own clean, tidy and warm room which has:

  • a bed and linen (laundered weekly)
  • a heater
  • desk, chair and reading lamp
  • pillows, blankets and towels
  • at least one set of drawers and a wardrobe
  • power points
  • a working smoke detector

Each homestay student must also have access to a kitchen, a telephone, bathroom, toilet, laundry facilities, living and dining rooms.

At all campuses, students are provided with morning, lunch and evening meals by their homestay hosts.

Palmerston North homestay costs 2019

  • $249.90 homestay administration fee (non-refundable)
  • $510 homestay board advancement fee (non-refundable)
  • $214.20 under 18 homestay administration fee (non-refundable)
  • $249.90 designated caregiver administration fee (non-refundable)

Weekly homestay board payable direct to host:

  • $255 per week (3 meals per day, 7 days per week) and unlimited internet
Applying for homestay accommodation

You must apply for homestay accommodation. When you submit your application you will need to pay a $249.90 homestay administration fee (non-refundable) which covers the initial homestay placement and $510 homestay board advancement fee (non-refundable) which will be paid to your homestay host for your first two weeks board upon arrival in the homestay.  Both these fees must be paid before any homestay arrangements are made. 

Designated caregiver accommodation

Under 18 year old international students requesting designated caregiver accommodation must pay a non-refundable $249.90 designated caregiver administration fee and the $214.20 under 18 administration fee which is non-refundable.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the homestay costs per week apply to individual students and not students participating in international study tours or group courses.

Massey University is committed to providing a safe and happy homestay environment for students. Homestay accommodation advisers are always available to help and give advice to students and their families.

Homestay accommodation application form

Download or print a copy of the accommodation application form from the link below.

Homestay accommodation application form (82 KB)


Contact a homestay advisor

For further information please contact a homestay advisor.


  • Nicki Carpenter, DDI +64 6 356 9099 extension 84077
  • Maria Roddick, DDI +64 6 356 9099 extension 84078


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