Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Student Accommodation


A large number of students, particularly in their first year of study, will chose to stay in a hostel or student halls of residence. Living in the hostels can be a wonderful experience, allowing you to meet other students and live relatively “hassle-free”.

Most education providers have their own on-campus hostels where their students can stay and be involved in a number of additional university activities. Alternatively there are also a number of privately run and independent hostels in Palmerston North City.

If you are interested in hostels, check out:

Private Renting (Flatting)

Flatting is a popular choice for many students in Palmerston North City, and there are hundreds of properties for students to choose from. When selecting a house to rent there are many things to consider, including finding the perfect location, entering into a Tenancy Agreement and setting up electricity, phone, and internet.
If you are looking to rent in Palmerston North City and Manawatu, the following sites can help you:


Many of the educational institutions are able to arrange homestay accommodation for their students, where students live with a local family in the family’s home.

This accommodation method is particularly popular with international students, as it offers a supportive and safe family environment, and opportunities to develop English-speaking skills.

Homestay accommodation usually costs between $200 – $240 per week and often includes the main meals of the day.