Atawhai Flats Ngā Whare Atawhai

Atawhai Flats are a collection of stand-alone self-catered houses for mature and returning students 19 years and older, couples and families, located near Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

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  • Cost
    $182-$245 per week
    per week
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    19+ year olds (plus families)
    year olds (plus families)
  • Catering
  • Walking time
    10 minutes to campus centre
    10 minutes
    to campus centre

Atawhai Flats include ten self-contained two-bedroom family houses for up to four people and 13 five-bedroom shared houses with single rooms. All are fully furnished and standalone. 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 74 students aged 19+ years (plus families).
  • Shared bathrooms, lounge, kitchen and laundry.
  • Self-catered.
  • 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 — single rooms in the five-bedroom houses and double/twin single rooms in the two-bedroom family houses. Each bedroom has a window that can be opened, and a secure lockable door.

Each room includes:

  • a single bed and mattress (five-bedroom flats) or a double bed and two single beds plus mattresses (family flats)
  • wardrobe
  • drawers
  • desk, lamp and chair
  • shelves, mirror and rubbish bin
  • sheets and pillows
  • carpet and curtains
  • heater
  • basin (in five-bedroom flats).

Your apartment kitchen contains basic cooking and eating equipment including:

  • plates and cutlery
  • pots and pans
  • cooking utensils such as wooden spoons, spatulas.

Items you should bring

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

  • toiletries and toiletry bag
  • your own bedding and towel (or you can buy a pack containing these items on arrival)
  • 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.

Family 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, or in the common room kitchen.

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 and family flats have their own kitchen and lounge. The lounges include couches and coffee table.

Kitchens come equipped with a fridge/freezer, stove and oven, electric jug, toaster, sink and microwave. The dining area has a table and chairs. All flats have a landline phone.

All flats have a washing machine and laundry tub, and an outdoor deck and grassy outdoor areas.

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.


These flats allow alcohol. We recommend you drink in moderation.

2022 pricing

The pricing for Atawhai Flats is as follows.

Pricing for Atawhai Flats 2022.
Room type Week Full year Semester One Semester Two
Single room in 5-bedroom flat $182 $7,280 $3,458 $3,640
Standard room in a 2-bedroom family flat $245 $9,800 $4,655 $4,900

Room rates include:

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

All students can pay by semester or full year. Domestic students are also able to pay on a weekly basis.


To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay a deposit by the date stated in your letter of offer. The deposit is $670 for a full year or $630 for one semester and includes an administration fee, a refundable bond and an activity fee.

If you need to cancel, there is a cut off date in order to secure a refund of the bond and activity fee – the administration fee is non-refundable.

2022 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates that payment is required for.

Atawhai Flats contract dates 2022.
Term Duration Start date End date
Full year 40 weeks 15 February 2022 22 November 2022
Semester one 19 weeks 15 February 2022 28 June 2022
Semester two 20 weeks 5 July 2022 22 November 2022

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

More information

For an overview of Massey University's accommodation at Manawatū (Palmerston North) including a comparison of halls, pricing, catering, services and support see:

Manawatū accommodation overview

And, download:


Keiller Place, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand

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Contact the office

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 in the YFC Building on Rehab Road.

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

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