Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Frequently asked questions

Excited about the idea of moving to Palmerston North City and Manawatu?
Here are a few of the frequently asked questions about studying in Palmerston North City.

Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand?
If you are coming from overseas to study in New Zealand you will need to meet certain requirements including obtaining a student visa.

Can I work while studying?
If you’re a student with a Student Visa enrolled in a full-time programme, you may be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the year and full-time during scheduled breaks in your study. Learn more about studying and working in New Zealand.

Can I work in New Zealand after Studying?
If your long-term plan is to become a New Zealand resident one day then you’ll need to know about working after study and your visa options to stay here. Depending on your area of study, you may be able to stay and work in New Zealand for up to four years after finishing your studies, and possibly gain residence. However, you will need the appropriate visa to do this.

How to I find accommodation in Palmerston North?
Many students stay at student halls of residences or home stays in their first year. Flatting is also a popular option.

What opportunities are there for me in Palmerston North City & Manawatu?
There is a wide range of key industry sectors in the Region. Recruitment agencies can assist you in finding a job, and you may also want to check the skill shortage areas in New Zealand.

How far away is Palmerston North from Auckland?
Palmerston North is a 1 hour direct flight, or 7 hour drive.