Studying in Palmerston North

Nau Mai Haere Mai ki Aotearoa, Nau Mai Haere Mai ki Te Papaioea.

Welcome to New Zealand and welcome to Palmerston North.Students

There’s no doubt about it, Palmy is a young person’s city. Around 40 percent of our population is studying – be it full or part-time, and a third of our population is aged between 15 and 30.

We’re pretty keen on our students. We even let them ride the bus for free. Plus we have an energetic Student City team dedicated to showing students a good time.

Rent’s well below your average New Zealand education city, which is great news for your back pocket. Yay for affordable living!

But, if you do need to top up the piggy bank, we’ve got plenty of part-time/casual work available thanks to an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars and retailers. Check out our home page to see what’s on offer.

Located in the lower half of the North Island, we’re central to all parts of the country. Wellington’s just a couple of hours drive away and we’re pretty close to the Central Plateau ski fields, Lake Taupo and Hawkes Bay as well. Our airport will fly you almost anywhere in NZ, but we reckon the best place to be is right here.

We’re surrounded by awesome scenery, from the mighty Manawatu River to the majestic Tararua Ranges and the coastal plains of Himitangi. There are plenty of places to explore in the Manawatu and lots of new people to meet. Take a look at our range of clubs and societies, you’re bound to find something you like.

Palmy has all the benefits of big city life with none of the drawbacks. We’re a safe city and our weather’s reasonable. There’s always something going on around here and there’s no better place to be a student. Check out our Events, Things to do and the Bars, Clubs & Dining.

The Region

Palmerston North is the biggest City in our Region called the Manawatu. Find out more about what is going on in our region on the “Destination Manawatu” website or at Tourism New Zealand.


We think the real question here is why not? Palmerston North is faster, easier and cheaper. Plus we’ve got the goods as far as quality education goes. Forget about forking out the big bucks for rent or transportation. Here in Palmy, we love our students so much we even let them ride the bus for free.

Need a part-time or casual job to fund your busy student lifestyle? No worries. We’ve got more bars, restaurants and retailers than you can shake a stick at. We’re central to all parts of the country. We’ve got cinemas, live theatre and music, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and a whole Student City team dedicated to showing students a good time.

Palmerston North is the smart choice. We’ve got more PhDs per capital than any other city in New Zealand! Smarten up in a city where quality education meets easy living and good times. Student City – check us out!



Massey University’s Manawatu campus is one of the best places in the country to experience the real student lifestyle. Nearly half the city’s population is under 25, making it the perfect place for learning and living. The Massey campus has two locations: Turitea – renowned for its beautiful park-like setting of trees and gardens; and Hokowhitu – on the city-side of the Manawatu River, near the lagoon. Click here to read more.


UCOL Palmerston North’s stunning architecturally designed campus is situated in the heart of vibrant, youthful Palmerston North and has become one of the city’s landmarks. We pride ourselves on our down-to-earth practical, creative and adventurous style and we’re committed to supporting you in achieving academic success. There’s always something happening at the UCOL campus. Click here to read more.


Subjects at Palmerston North’s International Pacific College (IPC) have a strong international focus. We offer programmes in international business, international relations, Japanese studies, English language studies, environmental studies, ecotourism and international sports. Though many IPC students come from overseas, we also cater for domestic students who wish to study Japanese or gain TESOL qualifications. Click here to read more.


Te Wananga o Aotearoa has provides a fresh and vibrant alternative from two Palmerston North locations. Click here to read more.


Private training establishments (PTEs) are specialist tertiary educators. They are private organisations quietly training young men and women for practical, fulfilling careers, raising them to the exacting standards set by industry. Click here to read more.