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.
Accommodation option Beds Housing style Room size *Full Year Cost Ideal for Catering Wheelchair access Walking time to campus
Matai, Miro, Tawa & Totara
Hall, Colombo, Walter Dyer, Egmont & City Courts
416 Shared living Single *$17,510 - *$18,310 First year and international
Catered Yes 0 mins
Egmont Court 47 Shared living Single *$10,510 - *$11,310 First year and international
Self-catered No 0 mins
Atawhai single (2 bed house),
Atawhai single (5 bed house), Kairanga and Rotary Courts
199 Independent living Single *$8,470 - *$10,670 Senior students and
Self-catered No 10 mins

*Cost includes deposit



All rooms and common areas of our accommodation have WiFi internet access. The cost of this is included in room rates. 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.


We clean the communal spaces of our first year halls 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.

2023 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates for 2023.

2023 occupancy dates for the accommodation at the Manawatū campus.
Term Start date End date Duration
Full Year Sunday 19 February 2023 Sunday 26 November 2023 40 Weeks
Semester 1 Only Sunday 19 February 2023 Sunday 2 July 2023 19 Weeks
Semester 2 Only Sunday 9 July 2023 Sunday 26 November 2023 20 Weeks


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. Our senior accommodation offers self-catered pods/house with shared kitchens.


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.


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 $140.00 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 $2.30 per day. Pre-pay parking is also available in the Orchard Road and Bourke Road car parks.

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.


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

Manawatu Campus has two Assistant Managers living on-site overseeing our residential life experience. A Residential Life Coordinator also lives on site and supports management.

Residential Assistants/ Residential Life Officers

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.

Residential Life Officers (RLOs) are senior students who have lived in our Halls as students and RAs. They support the RAs and ensure our incident response is robust.

Contact us

Phone: +64 6 951 7163 | Emergency after hours phone: +64 27 246 2316 (Hall Duty Residential Assistant) | Email:

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 provided they are over 18 years of age. Our halls offer 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.

Accommodation handbooks

For more information on all of Massey accommodation download the accommodation handbook.

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

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