• Cost
    $7,400 – $8,800 per year
    $7,400 – $8,800
    per year
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    19-25 year olds
    year olds
  • Catering
  • Walking time
    10 minutes to campus
    10 minutes
    to campus

Atawhai offers two bedroom and five bedroom houses which can be shared by Massey students. The Village aims to offer second and third-year returning residents with an independent living environment supported by our Residential Team. Atawhai Flats are located in a quiet residential area within 10 minutes walking distance to the Massey campus.


  • Fully furnished rooms within standalone two-bedroom and five-bedroom single-room flats for 89 students aged 19 to 25 years.
  • Shared bathrooms, lounge, kitchen and laundry.
  • Self-catered.
  • Fully independent living, you and your housemates will be responsible for cleaning your flat
  • Wifi in all flats and common room.
  • Shared common room for all residents.
  • Located in a quiet residential area with generous outdoor space, a short walk from Massey University’s Manawatū campus and all student facilities, down a well-lit stairway through native bush.

Rooms and furniture

All bedrooms in Atawhai flats are fully-furnished private rooms. Each bedroom has a window that can be opened, and a secure lockable door.

Each room includes:

  • a single bed and mattress (two-bedroom flats)
  • wardrobe
  • drawers
  • desk, lamp and chair
  • shelves, mirror and rubbish bin
  • carpet and curtains
  • heater
  • basin (in five-bedroom flats).

Items you should bring

Along with clothing and personal items, you should also bring:

  • kitchen equipment: a kettle, toaster, plates, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils
  • toiletries and toiletry bag
  • your own bedding and towels (International students will receive a room pack with bedding, towels and a few utensils which is included in the deposit for international students only).
  • coat hangers
  • laundry detergent
  • 3M hooks/tape or white tac, if you wish to hang anything on your wall (no tape, nails, screws or blu tac allowed).

You may also choose to bring a small fridge, no larger than 45L, which must be put on a waterproof mat.


The five-bedroom flats at Atawhai each have two showers and a toilet in separate rooms. Each room has a basin and mirror.

The two-bedroom flats have one bathroom with a shower, toilet, mirror and basin.


Atawhai flats are self-catered. Students can store food and prepare their meals in their shared flat kitchens.

There are a range of supermarkets in Palmerston North, on bus routes, for students to purchase food from.

Communal spaces and shared facilities

All single occupancy shared flats have their own kitchen and lounge. The lounges include couches and coffee table.

Kitchens come equipped with a fridge/freezer, stove and oven, sink and microwave. The dining area has a table and chairs.

All flats have a washing machine and laundry tub, and an outdoor deck and grassy outdoor areas which should be kept tidy and empty of debris.

The central common room for all residents has couches, a TV, kitchen, tennis table, toilets and a study area with four computers and a printer. Two dryers are also available at the shared common room with outside clotheslines nearby.


All residents are responsible for their drinking patterns and their resulting impact in our community

2023 pricing

The pricing for Atawhai Flats is as follows.

Pricing for Atawhai Flats 2023.
Room type Week Full year Semester One Semester Two
Single room in 5-bedroom flat $185 $7,400 $3,515 $3,700
Standard room in a 2-bedroom flat $220 $8,800 $4,180 $4,400

Room rates include:

  • wifi
  • laundry facilities
  • electricity (residents who use more than a reasonable amount of electricity will be charged extra).

Domestic students will pay a deposit and one initial payment, then 34 weekly payments from March 2023 to November 2023.

International students must pay all deposit and accommodation fees in one payment.


To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay a deposit by the date stated in your letter of offer.

Deposit break down of the accommodation at the Manawatū campus

Deposit break down of the accommodation at the Manawatū campus
Deposit break down Full year One semester
Processing fee $100 $100
Bond (refundable when contract
$450 $450
Activity fee $120 $80
Internet access
Room pack (international
students only)
Total Domestic $1070, International
Domestic $830, International

Withdrawals must be received by 23 January 2023 to secure a refund of fees – the processing fee is non-refundable.

Payment plans

2023 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates that payment is required for.

Atawhai Flats domestic contract dates 2023.
Term Start date End date Duration
Full Year 19February 2023 26 November 2023 40 Weeks
Semester 1 Only 19 February 2023 2 July 2023 19 Weeks
Semester 2 Only 9 July 2023 26 November 2023 20 Weeks

Atawhai Flats international contract dates 2023.
Term Start date End date Duration
Full Year 19 February 2023 26 November 2023 40 Weeks
Semester 1 Only 19 February 2023 2 July 2023 19 Weeks
Semester 2 Only 9 July 2023 26 November 2023 20 Weeks

Your accommodation contract term must reflect your study programme - if your programme of study is full year you must apply for full year accommodation.


Keiller Place, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand

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Manawatū accommodation office


Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Office phone
After-hours only

+64 27 246 2316 (calls Residential Assistant on duty)


Physical address
The Manawatū (Palmerston North) accommodation office is located on the corner of University Avenue and Rehab Road.

Postal address
Massey University
Student Accommodation Manawatū
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442

Apply now for accommodation at Massey.