Manawatū accommodation overview He tirohanga whānui ki ngā whare noho o Manawatū

Everything you need to know about accommodation at Massey's Manawatū campus in Palmerston North – from options available to pricing and food plans.

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Massey's Manawatū halls, units and flats are fully furnished, have wifi internet access and are smoke-free. Bathrooms are shared in all accommodation, except family units which have their own bathroom.

Manawatū halls, units and flats are either catered or self-catered. We recommend first year students stay in catered accommodation, but offer self-catered options if there is a demand.

Our Manawatū campus is based in Palmerston North, in the lower North Island. A small city surrounded by farmland, Palmerston North offers students all the services they will require along with the opportunity to get involved in lots of outdoor activities. It is a two hour drive south to Wellington city.

Accommodation comparison

Accommodation comparison of all the Manawatū campus accommodation options.
Hall Beds Room type Room size Cost per week Ideal for Catering Wheelchair access Walking time to campus centre
Matai, Miro, Tawa & Totara Hall 200 (50 each hall) Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) Yes 0 mins
McHardy Hall 46 Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) Yes 0 mins
Colombo Hall 66 Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) Yes 0 mins
Walter Dyer Hall 94 Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) Yes 5 mins
Craiglockhart Hall (large) 6 Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins
Bindaloe Hall (large) 5 Comfort Large single $395 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins
Moginie Hall 68 Cosy Single $346 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins
City Court Units 90 Relaxed Single $386 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 2 mins
Egmont Court Units 90 Relaxed / First Year
Self-Catered
Single $214 / $386 17-23 year olds Self-catered / Catered No 2 mins
Craiglockhart Hall (small) 5 Cosy Single $354 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins
Bindaloe Hall (small) 7 Cosy Single $354 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins
Kiwitea Hall 19 Cosy Single $354 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 0 mins
Atawhai family flats 18 Self-Catered Family Unit Family $245 19+ year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Fergusson Hall (super premium) 5 Self-Catered Largest single $230 17-23 year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Fergusson Hall (premium) 9 Self-Catered Large single $215 17-23 year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Fergusson (standard 3) 39 Self-Catered Medium to large single $205 17-23 year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Ruahine &  Tararua Apartments 48 (24 each hall) Self-Catered
Single Room
Single $182 19+ year olds Self-catered No 5 mins
Rotary & Kairanga Court Apartments 120 (60 each court) Self-Catered
Single Room
Single $182 19+ year olds Self-catered No 2 mins
Atawhai single flats 65 Self-Catered
Single Room
Single $182 19+ year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Fergusson Hall (standard 2) 13 Self-Catered Small to medium single $185 17-23 year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Fergusson Hall (standard 1) 16 Self-Catered Small single $170 17-23 year olds Self-catered No 10 mins
Craiglockhart Hall (small) 5 Cosy Single $354 17-23 year olds Catered (two meals/day) No 5 mins

We place you in the accommodation that best suits you, based on the preferences you give us in your application. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences for alcohol-free, single gender, or LGBTQ+, as well as dietary restrictions or preferences, and any accessibility needs.

Services

Internet

All rooms and common areas of our accommodation have WiFi internet access. The cost of this is included in room rates (now included in Ferg room rate as well - unlimited). Each student will have access to 400GB per month on up to 3 devices.

Heating and furnishing

All rooms in our halls, apartments and flats are fully furnished and have:

  • King single or single bed and mattress
  • desk and chair
  • rubbish bin
  • wardrobe and storage cupboards and/or drawers
  • bookcase or shelves
  • lockable door
  • carpet
  • lighting and electrical outlets
  • heater.

Cleaning

We clean the communal spaces of our halls and apartments but residents must clean up after themselves in these spaces. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

Security and safety

All Massey University accommodation facilities have swipe card or key access and rooms have a secure lock. Each campus is supported by a security service which assists the accommodation teams to ensure that the living environment is safe.

2022 Pricing breakdown

Here is the pricing across all of the accommodation at the Manawatū campus for comparison. Costs include furnished room, shared bathroom facilities, electricity and wifi, plus two-meal/day catering, if included.

Accommodation comparison of all the Manawatū campus accommodation options.
Room type Halls Include Weekly
Payment
Semester 1
Payment
Semester 2
Payment
Full Year
Payment
Catered – Comfort Matai
Totara
Miro
Tawa
McHardy
Walter Dyer
Colombo
Craiglockhart (large)
Bindaloe (large)
$395 $7505 $7900 $15,800
Catered – Relaxed City $386 $7,334 $7,720 $15,440
Catered – Cosy Craiglockhart (small)
Bindaloe (small)
Moginie
Kiwitea
$354 $6,726 $7,080 $14,160
First Year
Self-Catered
Based on Demand:
Egmont
$214 $4,066 $4,279 $8,558
19yrs +
Self-Catered
Single Rooms
Kairanga
Rotary
Tararua
Ruahine
Atawhai
$182 $3,458 $3,640 $7,280
Self-Catered Family Unit Atawhai Family Unit $245 $4,655 $4,900 $9,800
Self-Catered Fergusson Hall (Standard 1) $170 $3,230 $3,400 $6,630
Fergusson Hall (Standard 2) $185 $3,515 $3,700 $7,215
Fergusson Hall (Standard 3) $205 $3,895 $4,100 $7,995
Fergusson Hall (Premium) $215 $4,085 $4,300 $8,385
Fergusson Hall (Super-Premium) $230 $4,370 $4,600 $8,970

Prices include catering, if relevant.

Payment

Payments for accommodation can be paid by semester or for the full year. Domestic students are also able to pay by direct debit on a weekly basis.

Deposit

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

Deposit break down of the accommodation at the Manawatū campus.
Deposit break down Full year One semester
Administration fee $100 $100
Bond (refundable when contract ends) $450 $450
Activity fee $120 $80
Total $670 $630

*Fergusson Hall has a different deposit — see the hall page for more information

Fergusson Hall

The activity fee contributes to hall events and activities held throughout the academic year.

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 for 2022.

2022 occupancy dates for the accommodation at the Manawatū campus.
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

Summer school runs mid November to mid February each year. Fergusson Hall has slightly different accommodation dates — see the hall page for more information.

Fergusson Hall

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

Catering

For halls that are catered, the meal plan offers two meals daily – lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and brunch and dinner at weekends. Brunch 10am to 1pm, lunch 11am to 1.30pm and dinner 5pm to 7.30pm.

Students use their student ID card to receive meals, which are served at the communal dining hall at the Student Centre on the main concourse, or can be taken away.

The dining hall offers a diverse range of food choices that change daily.

Food4Me App

Our Food4Me App allows students to view the menu, make orders, leave feedback on meals and respond to polls.

An interactive app to help you manage, offer feedback on and to keep you updated during your hall of residence food journey, Food4Me allows you to:

  • view your menu up to seven days in advance
  • view dietary and allergen information for all meals
  • pre-order grab and go
  • offer feedback & engage directly with your catering team
  • take part in polls to vote on special and themed dinners
  • be notified directly on any changes that affect you & special events throughout the year.

On move in day make sure you download the Food4Me App from the Google Play or App Store. You will then be able to login with your cell phone number.

Don’t hesitate to talk to your RA or your catering team if you have any questions.

Self catering

Self-catered accommodation at Manawatū campus offers residents communal kitchens to store food and cook meals in. Palmerston North has a number of supermarkets for students to shop at.

Rooms in self-catered accommodation are a range of sizes, and are on an as-allocated basis.

Alcohol

Only some of the accommodation options at the Manawatū campus allow you to have alcohol. For those that do, you can store some forms of alcohol, and drink it in moderation within the designated areas on Thursdays to Saturdays between 7pm - 10pm.

Map

This map outlines all accommodation at the Massey University Manawatū campus Palmerston North.

Parking and transport

Halls of residence parking permits

There are parking areas reserved for halls residents for each semester. Since halls parking is allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis, we recommend you apply as soon as you have a confirmed place in a hall. You must re-apply for each semester.

Halls of residence parking is $60.00 per semester, plus a $20.00 refundable bond for an access card to the car park.

Car parking

For those with accommodation a bit further away, parking at Massey’s Manawatū campus is at the Orchard Road car park, which costs $2 per day. Pre-pay parking is also available in the Bourke Road car park.

Bike storage

Bike stands are located around campus. Space in the bike storage shed can be rented for $5 and a $20 refundable bond.

Maps & parking for Manawatū campus in Palmerston North

Public transport

The Palmerston North public bus service route includes Massey University’s Manawatū campus. Students travel free.

Accessibility

Massey's Manawatū campus accommodation offers accessibility options for those students who require it. Please outline any requirements you have in your accommodation application.

24/7 support

Our accommodation teams Massey University’s Manawatū Campus provide all day, everyday support to all student residents.

Accommodation manager

Manawatū Campus has an Accommodation Manager or Head of Hall who oversees the student community. They are responsible for the pastoral care, wellbeing and behaviour of students living in student accommodation and for the Residential Assistants.

Residential assistants

Each hall has Residential Assistants (known as RAs) who live on-site. RAs welcome new residents, support them and create a fun and safe community. These are Massey students, employed to provide pastoral support to residents out of office hours. They organise events like sports days and barbeques to help to create a community that is a fun, safe place to live and achieve academic success.

Contact us

Phone: +64 6 951 7163 | Emergency after hours phone: +64 27 246 2316 (Hall Duty Residential Assistant) | Email: accommodation.manawatu@massey.ac.nz

Other support services

  • Kaingarua (Māori students' study space) and Te Atawhai (Manawatahi common room).
  • Fale Pasifika - computer lab, free wifi printing, study and meeting space, a kitchen and shower.
  • Chaplaincy and religious services are available at The Centre.
  • An Islamic prayer room is situated on campus.

International students

We encourage all new international students to live at Massey halls for their first year of study. Our halls provide a supportive, welcoming environment for international students.

Our on-site International Support Staff and International Student Support Tautoko Tauira Manene on Massey’s Manawatū campus will help students with any welfare or other issues they may have while studying here.

Airport pick-up for international students

A pick-up from Palmerston North Airport between 8.30am and 8pm is available for international students living at our Manawatū campus.

You must submit your pick-up request form at least 72 hours before your arrival into Palmerston North airport.

Pick up request form

For any changes to your arrival details, please advise Massey Halls Manawatū via accommodation.manawatu@massey.ac.nz or +64 6 356 9099 extension 84163 immediately. Cancellations at late notice will be charged a $20 penalty fee.

On arrival

A Massey halls representative, holding a Massey University welcome sign, will collect you on arrival at Palmerston North airport and take you to your campus accommodation.

If you cannot find your representative or in case of an emergency, please phone the Duty Residential Assistant on +64 27 246 2316, Duty Residential Manager on +64 27 295 4815.

Other options for transport are to catch a taxi or an airport shuttle to the campus. The help desk at the Palmerston North Airport can assist you with this.

Accommodation handbooks

For more information on all of Massey accommodation download the following documents.

Contact the office

Manawatū accommodation office

Hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Office phone

After-hours only

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

Location

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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