• Cost
    $16,440 per year
    per year
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    17-23 year olds
    year olds
  • Catering
    Two meals per day
    Two meals per day
  • Walking time
    0 minutes to campus
    0 minutes
    to campus

The halls are centrally located in a park-like setting within Massey’s Manawatū campus, close to student facilities and the bus stop to Palmerston North.


  • Spacious, fully furnished single rooms in a modern living environment for 200 students (50 per hall), aged 17 to 23 years.
  • Shared gender-neutral bathrooms on each floor, and common room with TV, laundry and kitchenette.
  • Two meal plan catering – lunch and dinner weekdays, and brunch and dinner weekends.
  • Wifi in all rooms and common areas, and communal computer labs.
  • Close to all student facilities including lecture theatres, the library and the dining hall, and the Colombo Road public bus stop to Palmerston North.
  • Based within a community of four halls of residence, forming a supportive student environment in attractive surroundings.
  • Accommodation is available for students with accessibility requirements.

Rooms and furniture

All bedrooms in Matai, Miro, Tawa and Totara halls are fully furnished, large single private rooms. Each has a window that can be opened, and a secure lockable door.

Each room includes:

  • king single bed and mattress
  • drawers
  • wardrobe
  • desk, chair and desk lamp
  • shelf, mirror and rubbish bin
  • carpet and curtains
  • heater.

Items you should bring

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

  • dinner plate, side plate and cereal bowl
  • coffee mug and water tumbler
  • knife, fork, spoon and teaspoon
  • toiletries and toiletry bag
  • your own bedding and towel (international students will receive a room pack with bedding, towels and a few utensils which is included in the deposit for international students only).
  • 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 halls have shared gender-neutral bathrooms with showers, toilets and sinks on each floor. There is one bathroom for every four students. Bathrooms have shower cubicles with lockable doors.


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

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

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

See sample menus

Food4Me App

Our Food4Me App allows students to view the menu up to seven days in advance, see dietary and allergy information, make orders, leave feedback on meals and respond to polls.

Communal spaces and shared facilities

The halls have a common lounge with TV, couches and a fully equipped kitchen. The halls share two external communal spaces, called Karaka and Kanuka which have a laundry with washers, dryers and an ironing board. These are free of charge to use - students supply their own detergent etc.

There is also a computer lab with printers, a TV lounge and a kitchenette. 

There is also plenty of communal outdoors space in a park-like setting, including a volleyball court.


Students are allowed to store some forms of alcohol in these halls and drink it in moderation within designated areas on set days and times.

2023 pricing

The pricing for Matai, Miro, Tawa and Totara halls is as follows:

Domestic pricing for Matai, Miro, Tawa and Totara halls 2023.
Week Full year Semester One Semester Two
$411 $16,440 $7,809 $8,220

Room rates include:

  • two meals per day – lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends
  • wifi
  • laundry facilities
  • electricity (residents who use more than a reasonable amount of electricity will be charged extra).

You can prepay by semester or 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 a 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
Processing fee $100 $100
Bond (refundable when contract
$450 $450
Activity fee $120 $80
Internet access
Room pack (international
students only)
Total Domestic $1070, International
Domestic $830, International

Withdrawals must be received by 23 January 2023 to secure a refund of fees – the processing fee is non-refundable.

Payment plans

2023 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates for 2023:

Matai, Miro, Tawa and Totara halls contract dates for 2023.
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

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


Colombo Road, Manawatu-Wanganui 4410, New Zealand

Take a virtual tour of Matai Hall and Kanuka Common Room

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

Apply now for accommodation at Massey.