Life at Massey

We know moving across the ocean to live and study can be a bit intimidating.  Not to worry, though.  We have a range of support services to ease your transition and get the most out of your time in New Zealand.  You can email us with any questions or stay up to date by liking us on Facebook.  You can also find out what it is like to be here by reading blogs from past students and watching our Massey and student videos.

Before you leave home

Massey offers a wide range of catered and non-catered accommodation options.  Book your housing by getting in touch with the Accommodation Services team on the campus where you will be studying.

Students with disabilities have the support of a Disability Services office on each campus.  Please contact us about the documents we need from your home institution to help us do our best to meet your needs.  Counselling sessions can be arranged in advance as well through our on-campus Health and Counselling Centres.

NauMai NZ provides a lot of advice and information about life as an international student in New Zealand.  Immigration New Zealand's Student Visa Application Checklist will help you prepare to apply for your visa.

Arrival on campus

Apple Bobbing World Record attempt.jpg A Kiwi welcome awaits the moment you arrive into your final destination, with an airport pickup and transportation to campus.  Each campus has an International Student Support office to help you settle in and enjoy your time at Massey.  Each team will be on hand to provide guidance and organise events throughout the semester.

You will start meeting people right away during orientation.  The International Student Information Session will take place right before Orientation, which will include all domestic and international students.  Massey Guides will be all around the three campuses to help you with anything that comes up.

Throughout the semester

Massey’s comprehensive student services include everything from peer Student Advisers, academic and study skill workshops, chaplaincy teams, and more.

Student Organizations, Sports and Recreation

The best way to meet people is to take part in Massey’s vibrant student life.  The student associations on each campus organize clubs and societies covering everything from sports teams, academic societies, religious groups, sports teams, outdoor adventure clubs, to special interest organizations.

Rainbow Tick logo.jpg We are committed to being a welcoming place for LBGT students and employees.  We are one of the only universities in New Zealand to be Rainbow Tick certified.  UniQ or Pride Clubs run on all three campuses for LGBT students and allies.

Massey is a fantastic place to be if you are into sports.  We are the first university in New Zealand to be named an ‘athlete-friendly’ university by High Performance Sport New Zealand.  You can join rugby, cricket, and netball teams, in addition to a whole roster of other sports.

Each campus has excellent Sports and Recreation Centres, which offer everything from personal training, sports leagues, and group fitness classes.  For elite athletes, the Massey Academy of Sport offers specialised services to fine tune your skills and enhance your performance.

Local transportation

There are lots of ways to get off campus and see the city you're staying in. 

Getting out and exploring New Zealand

You’re coming to an incredibly beautiful country with absolutely amazing scenery.  The best part is that you will have time to explore it. Hobbit''s hideaway.jpg Your student visa allows you to arrive early or stay afterward to travel. This is on top of the time you’ve got on weekends and during your mid-semester breaks. The New Zealand tourism site, Lonely Planet's guide to New Zealand, Destination New Zealand, and the resources below are good places to start looking for inspiration.

Lord of the Rings fans can easily explore filming locations and even visit the Shire.

New Zealand has an extensive network of YHA and BBH backpacker hostels when you’re ready for time away from campus.

InterCity’s bus services make it easy to get around the country.  KiwiRail is an option if you’d rather explore New Zealand by train.  Connect either service with the Interislander ferry to get between the North and South Islands.  

You can find cheap flights and other student travel deals through Student Flights.