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, 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.

Accommodation comparison

The following table compares the prices and services of all the Manawatū campus accommodation options.

Accommodation comparison 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.

Services

Internet

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
  • 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.

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.

Pricing breakdown of the accommodation at the Manawatū campus.
Hall/ apartment Catered / Self-catered Week Full year Semester one Semester two
Bindaloe small Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Bindaloe large Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
City Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Colombo Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Craiglockhart small Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Craiglockhart large Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Egmont Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Kiwitea Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Matai Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
McHardy Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Miro Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Moginie Catered $346 $13,840 $6,574 $6,920
Tawa Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Totara Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Walter Dyer Catered $387 $15,480 $7,353 $7,740
Atawhai single Self-catered $179 $7,160 $3,401 $3,580
Atawhai family Self-catered $240 $9,600 $4,560 $4,800
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 premium Self-catered $205 $7,995 $3,895 $4,100
Fergusson super-premium (largest room) Self-catered $220 $8,580 $4,180 $4,400
Kairanga Self-catered $179 $7,160 $3,401 $3,580
Rotary Self-catered $179 $7,160 $3,401 $3,580
Ruahine Self-catered $179 $7,160 $3,401 $3,580
Tararua Self-catered $179 $7,160 $3,401 $3,580

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.

2021 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates for 2021.

2021 occupancy dates for the accommodation at the Manawatū campus.
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.

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

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.

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 $120.00 per semester, plus a $20.00 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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