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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, with the option of self-catered accommodation from second year onwards.
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.
The following table compares the prices and services of all the Manawatū campus accommodation options.
|Accommodation option||Beds||Housing style||Room size||Cost per week||Ideal for||Catering||Wheelchair access||Walking time to campus centre|
|Matai, Miro, Tawa & Totara Hall||200 (50 each hall)||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||Yes||0 mins|
|McHardy Hall||46||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||Yes||0 mins|
|Colombo Hall||66||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||Yes||0 mins|
|Walter Dyer Hall||94||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||Yes||5 mins|
|Craiglockhart Hall large||6||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||5 mins|
|Bindaloe Hall large||5||Room in hall||Large single||$387||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||5 mins|
|Moginie Hall||68||Room in hall||Single||$346||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||5 mins|
|City & Egmont Court Units||180 (90 each court)||Room in 6-bedroom apartment||Single||$346||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||2 mins|
|Craiglockhart Hall small||5||Room in hall||Single||$346||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||5 mins|
|Bindaloe Hall small||7||Room in hall||Single||$346||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||5 mins|
|Kiwitea Hall||19||Room in hall||Single||$346||17-23 year olds||Catered (two meals/day)||No||0 mins|
|Atawhai family flats||18||Room in 2-bedroom flat||Single/Coples ??||$240||19+ year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Fergusson Hall super premium||5||Room in hall||Largest single||$220||17-23 year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Fergusson Hall premium||9||Room in hall||Large single||$205||17-23 year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Fergusson standard 3||39||Room in hall||Medium to large single||$195||17-23 year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Ruahine & Tararua Apartments||48 (24 each hall)||Room in 6-bedroom apartment||Single||$179||19+ year olds||Self-catered||No||5 mins|
|Rotary & Kairanga Court Apartments||120 (60 each court)||Room in 4-bedroom apartments||Single||$179||19+ year olds||Self-catered||No||2 mins|
|Atawhai single flats||65||Room in 1-bedroom flat||Single||$179||19+ year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Fergusson Hall standard 2||13||Room in hall||Small to medium single||$180||17-23 year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
|Fergusson standard 1||16||Room in hall||Small single||$165||17-23 year olds||Self-catered||No||10 mins|
Prices include catering, if relevant.
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, LGBTQ+ or Kaupapa Māori accommodation, as well as dietary restrictions or preferences, and any accessibility needs.
All rooms and common areas of our accommodation have WiFi internet access. The cost of this is included in room rates – except Fergusson Hall which offers a separate plan. 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
- lighting and electrical outlets
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.
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.
|Hall/ apartment||Catered / Self-catered||Week||Full year||Semester one||Semester two|
|Fergusson standard 1 (smallest room)||Self-catered||$165||$6,435||$3,135||$3,300|
|Fergusson standard 2||Self-catered||$180||$7,020||$3,420||$3,600|
|Fergusson standard 3||Self-catered||$195||$7,605||$3,705||$3,900|
|Fergusson super-premium (largest room)||Self-catered||$220||$8,580||$4,180||$4,400|
Prices include catering, if relevant.
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.
To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay the following deposit by the date stated in your letter of offer*.
|Deposit break down||Full year||One semester|
|Bond (refundable when contract ends)||$450||$450|
*Fergusson Hall has a different deposit — see the hall page for more information
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.
2021 occupancy dates
These are the contract dates for 2021.
|Term||Duration||Start date||End date|
|Full year||40 weeks||16 February 2021||23 November 2021|
|Semester One||19 weeks||16 February 2021||29 June 2021|
|Semester Two||20 weeks||6 July 2021||23 November 2021|
Summer school runs mid November to mid February each year. Fergusson Hall has slightly different accommodation dates — see the hall page for more information.
Your accommodation contract term must reflect your study programme - if your programme of study is full year you must apply for full year accommodation.
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.
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-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.
Some accommodation at Manawatū campus allows alcohol and others don't. For those that do allow alcohol, students are allowed to store some forms of alcohol and drink it in moderation within designated areas Thursday - Saturday, 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 $120.00 per semester, plus a $20.00 bond for an access card to the car park.
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 stands are located around campus. Space in the bike storage shed can be rented for $5 and a $20 refundable bond.
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.
Our accommodation teams Massey University’s Manawatū Campus provide all day, everyday support to all student residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For any changes to your arrival details, please advise Massey Halls Manawatū via firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 6 356 9099 extension 84163 immediately. Cancellations at late notice will be charged a $20 penalty fee.
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.
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.
For more information on all of Massey accommodation download the following documents.
Contact the office
Manawatū accommodation office
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
+64 27 246 2316 (calls Residential Assistant on duty)
The Manawatū (Palmerston North) accommodation office is located in the YFC Building on Rehab Road.
Student Accommodation Manawatū
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442
Short-term accommodation for students or groups is available at Massey's halls of residence in Auckland and Palmerston North.
With its green, park-like grounds in the compact, friendly city of Palmerston North, Manawatū campus is a great place to enjoy the real student lifestyle.
We offer a lot of support to help you have a positive time at Massey and to make the most of student life.