Massey University

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Massey University is associated with AustraLearn: North American Center for Australian and New Zealand Universities, located in Denver, Colorado. AustraLearn is a non-profit organization, which facilitates students' enrolment into 26 institutions in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how AustraLearn can assist you with applying to this university and others, please visit Massey University is New Zealand’s largest educational research institution. It is also the only truly multi-campus university with campuses in three key cities of Palmerston North, Wellington, and Auckland. A proud 77-year tradition of academic excellence, and a strong national and international reputation makes Massey University a premier education provider with a key role in New Zealand’s quality education system. Methods of teaching and standards of excellence are based on traditional university models, so students benefit directly from a quality education that is respected worldwide. Qualifications gained at Massey University are both highly regarded and internationally recognized and accepted. International students who come to Massey University find a conducive, friendly place to study and an intellectual climate in which they are encouraged to excel. The Massey philosophy is to help students prepare for career challenges in today’s world with programs that are relevant, innovative, flexible, and progressive.

Areas of Expertise

Massey has a reputation of academic excellence and leadership across a wide range of disciplines and is, for example, New Zealand’s premier and largest institution for agricultural and horticultural teaching and research. The University’s strengths also include Aviation, Biotechnology, Communication, Design, Environmental & Ecological Studies, Forestry, Food Technology, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Psychology, Performance Jazz, Sociology, Sports Studies, and Veterinary Sciences.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:802 bedsLowest: $100Highest: $225
Family:12 bedsLowest: $152Highest: $185

At Massey, you have a range of quality housing and living options to choose from, including Hall of Residence (on-campus - catered and self-catered) and university managed flats or apartments (off-campus - self catered). Students enjoy the social environment and recreational events organized between the Massey housing facilities. On-campus accommodation is within a short distance from central campus. Typically single room occupancy rooms, where students share the bathroom, lounge, and kitchen facilities. Accommodation is guaranteed to international students.

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:600 bedsLowest: $175Highest: $200
Other:1,429 bedsLowest: $100Highest: $220

University managed off-campus accommodation is available in Albany, Palmerston North, and Wellington.

Incoming Students

A compulsory new student orientation program is run on each Massey campus and provides students with valuable information of how to be successful in their studies at Massey, campus and city tours, health and safety issues while in New Zealand, and a chance to meet both international and New Zealand students.


Student life is not just about studying and so Massey provides you with a range of indoor and outdoor recreational, cultural, and leisure programs through the Recreation and Student Association Centres. Campus facilities include circuit and cardio training rooms, squash, basketball, and volleyball courts, climbing wall, dance room, as well as playing fields for rugby, soccer, and hockey.


Throughout the year, the Massey Student Association and the Massey International Support Centre organize a variety of day trips, sporting events, BBQ’s, dinners, cultural events, and other activities for students to participate in.


There are a variety of clubs to choose from at Massey, including the Massey Rugby Club, Alpine Club, Christian Fellowship, Massey Soccer, Student Chinese Association, Postgraduate Club, and many more.

Information Technology

Most housing on-campus have access to the internet via a telephone line connection in individual rooms, there are also mini-computer labs in the housing blocks, as well as large computer labs around campus. All students may register for a university e-mail address during their enrolment at the university.


There are several cultural clubs on campus and allocated rooms for meetings etc., including a general international student lounge, Maori association, Chinese association, and others.

Special Services

The International Office is the central point of contact for international students with dedicated support staff to provide you with on-going support throughout your studies at Massey. The University has a modern computerized library with in excess of 850,000 volumes, which is supported by an electronic online journal service. Other student services include accommodation placement, free airport pickup, chaplaincy, computer facilities and support, disability services, a Health and Medical Centre, a Learning Support Centre, and student counseling services. Students attending the Massey Palmerston North campus receive free bus services throughout the city.

Affiliated Institutions

Massey has several exchange agreements with universities within Canada, USA, Scandinavia, England, Europe, and Asia.

International Involvement

Massey welcomes students to apply to study at the university as a full degree student, a study abroad student, or an exchange student. There are more than 200 programmes of study to choose from. You may also contact AustraLearn for more information about abroad programs at Massey University.

Campus Tour

Official University Open Days 6th August 2006 - Palmerston North campus 19th August 2006 - Wellington campus 17th September 2006 - Auckland campus Students are also welcome to visit the campus at any other time during the year.

Modified on December 08, 2005