Massey University, Palmerston North, also known as "The Manawatü campus", houses 6000 students studying in fields such as business, humanities, social studies and science.
The Manawatü campus is known as New Zealand's center of learning and research in sciences such as agriculture, animals, biology, food technology, veterinary and biotechnology. Massey University is recently recognized as being among the top 3% best universities in the world.
The university campus offers great on-campus dorm rooms at favorable rates with free bus service covering the main parts of Palmerston North. The university campus gives you great circumstances for making new friends and expanding your network.
The Manawatü campus at Massey University has a wide range of clubs and associations available and there is even free access to an award-winning recreational center, sports clubs and an Olympic athletics track. Lessons are taught in smaller classes to give students more quality of teaching and a closer community with their fellow students.
Palmerston North is the most student-friendly city in terms of living costs in New Zealand. The city is a proper student town, as 40% of the inhabitants are students. Palmerston North, with its 80,000 inhabitants, is the 8th largest city in New Zealand.
As a popular student city, the city has evolved in areas such as art, entertainment and sports but has managed to maintain its friendly and warm core culture. The city offers cafés, restaurants offering exquisite delicacies from all over the world and lots of outdoor adventures. Palmerston North is very easy to get around on foot, bike and an efficient network of public transport.
Students in Palmerston North have great opportunities for outdoor activities with spectacular views, starting from Tararua and Ruahine and stretching all the way down to the coast with local sand beaches.
Living at the Massey hall of residence gives you the ultimate sense of being included in a true student community. It gives you great opportunities to establish a student life where you meet people from all over the world.
Homes are available both with meals included and without. There are 24/7 dedicated and professional staff available for all residents. There will be a team living at the student accommodations, which welcomes students, helps them if necessary, creates a safe environment and generally provides the environment with a social and fun atmosphere.
It is important to note that the residence areas are smoke-free and some of them are non-alcoholic. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own student housing and, of course, cleaning up after themselves in the common areas.
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The Homestay option is for those who want an authentic experience with a local family from New Zealand. You become a member of a family that supports you from start to finish during your study abroad adventure.
Students who take advantage of the homestay option get their very own fully furnished room. This includes:
- Bed with linen that is washed weekly
- Desk with chair and lamp
- Pillows, blankets and towels
- Street cupboards and drawers
- Unlimited internet
Additionally, there is access to the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, laundry room, living room and dining room. Some homestay families have multiple rooms so one can share one's homestay experience with another student. The families have been carefully selected and have several years of experience as host families for international students.
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It is of course also possible to find something private such as an apartment, house or room. It is even an option to rent a room in a hostel or apartment with or without roommates at the following links:
It is important to make sure of the credibility of the landlord along with reading the contract carefully before signing when applying for accommodation outside the university's own student accommodation and collaborators.
Should you be unsure about some elements of private housing rental, it is always a good idea to contact the company/person you are renting from or possibly contact Tenancy Services New Zealand.
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