Pre-arrival checklist

Once you have been admitted to Massey University and your tuition payment has been paid or arranged, there are still a number of things you need to do to.

Checklist of tasks before you arrive New Zealand

  • Provide any outstanding documents to Massey University.
  • Apply to Immigration New Zealand for a student visa. Full details are available on Immigration New Zealand's Website.
  • You must provide your student visa and passport details to the International Student Support Office in order to be enrolled.
  • Finalise your accommodation, Student Accommodation at Massey is a good place to start.
  • Alternatively homestay accommodation is also available, and you can find more information about this on here.
  • Apply for a Student ID Card.
  • Book your plane ticket to New Zealand and onward flight to Palmerston North or Wellington if studying at these campuses.
  • If you are living in Massey University campus accommodation, please see the following link regarding airport pick ups, so that you can be met at the airport on arrival Albany | Manawatu | Wellington.
  • Massey University provides a compulsory StudentSafe Medical and Travel Insurance to all international students required by Immigration New Zealand.
  • Remember to declare any pre-existing medical conditions and add family cover to your StudentSafe insurance if it applies.
  • Keep an eye on the Orientation Programme and make sure you attend.
  • Enrol into your programme of study and individual courses through the student Portal and follow instructions. PhD and PaCE students excepted.  
  • Bring approximately NZ$500 in cash with you for your initial expenses. It would also be useful to have access to a credit card when in New Zealand.
  • Arrange to have sufficient funds for your living expenses for the duration of your studies at Massey University.
  • Keep copies of your passport, student visa, air tickets, credit cards and other important documents.
  • It is recommended that you have a dental check-up, have your eyes tested and are up to date with your immunisations before you leave your home country.
  • Get to know New Zealand before you arrive - Immigration New Zealand has a great online tool to help you move and settle in.

Items you should have in your hand luggage

  • Your plane ticket/s
  • Valid passport with a Student Visa to study at Massey University in New Zealand
  • Copies of all the communications you have had with Massey University (Receipt of Payment letter, Offer of Place letter, Accommodation Application and Arrival Form etc.)
  • At least $500 in cash in New Zealand currency
  • Contact details for the International Student Support Staff at your campus - Albany | Manawatu | Wellington
  • Sufficient winter or summer clothes. If you have a national outfit you may wish to bring it with you
  • Laptop, tablet, mobile phone and charger
  • Electrical plug or adaptor for New Zealand
  • Medication - if you take prescribed medication you need to check whether you can bring it to New Zealand. You may need a prescription or letter from your doctor (in English) advising that the drugs have been prescribed for you

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