Founded in 1927

Founded in 1927

Massey University

Founded in 1927

Founded in 1927

Massey University

Quick facts

  • 30653

  • 5000

    International students
  • 284

    World ranking
  • 5

    Country ranking

Massey University

Massey University has grown from a small agricultural college in Palmerston North to become New Zealand's largest residential university spread over three cities. 

Massey University now has three campuses in the North Island, and the highest number of extramural students.

Massey offers the only veterinary science programmes in New Zealand. Massey also offers the only Bachelor of Aviation degree in New Zealand. 

Massey University qualifications are recognised worldwide and several programmes have international accreditation.

From 85 students in the first year, Massey now has over 35,000 internal and extramural students.

Massey expands into three cities (1993-2009)

Massey University expanded in the 1990s with new campuses in Auckland and Wellington.

Auckland campus:

On 20 March 1993, Massey University's Auckland campus in Albany was officially inaugurated with a tree-planting ceremony.

Ongoing changes at the Manawatū campus:

Massey University formally merged with the Palmerston North College of Education on 1 June 1996. The Palmerston North College of Education was established as the Palmerston North Teachers' College in 1956. 

Throughout it its existence the College had a close association with Massey University. A merger with Massey University had been discussed since the 1980s and finally happened in 1996.

Restructuring in the late 1990s saw the University's nine faculties amalgamated into four colleges: Education, Business, Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Wellington Polytechnic merges with Massey University:

Massey University extended its reach to Wellington when it merged with the Wellington Polytechnic on 1 July 1999 to establish the College of Design, Fine Arts and Music (now the College of Creative Arts).

On-campus accommodation

Campus(es) list based on university info

Auckland campus

Residence fee Duration

$11,680 NZD

UP to $16,642

Manawatū campus

Residence fee Duration

$7,160 NZD

UP to $13,840

Wellington campus

Residence fee Duration

$11,750 NZD

UP to $11,970

Off-campus accommodation

annual rent in Palmerston North based on univly research


Shared house

$4,896 NZD


Shared house

$3,264 NZD


Entire house

$9,792 NZD


Services and support for students:

The university offers a wide range of support to help you have a positive student experience and to make the most of student life.

  • Student health centres
  • Counselling services
  • Childcare on Massey campuses
  • Disability services
  • Student associations, clubs and societies
  • Student success support
  • Spiritual wellbeing, faith groups & chaplaincy service
  • Harassment & racial discrimination
  • Student rights advocacy
  • Support with making a complaint
  • International students support
  • Centres for Teaching and Learning

Facilities on Manawatū campus:

Locations of facilities to help you study and enjoy student life on Massey's Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. The public can also use some campus facilities, like the vet clinic.

Study facilities

  • Library
  • Computers for students
  • Campus information centre and cashier services – Mōhiohio
  • Campus Books
  • Scholarships Office

Where to eat

  • The Dining Hall
  • MUSA cafeteria and shop
  • Wharerata historic homestead
  • The Library Cafe

Student life facilities

  • Massey University Student Associations (MUSA)
  • Accommodation Office
  • Childcare Centre
  • Chaplaincy service – Minita whakapono
  • Islamic Prayer Centre
  • Sport and Recreation Centre

Tour Manawatū Campus

Start your journey with a tour of the Massey Manawatū campus.

Massey Uni app for maps

Get campus information and maps in your pocket with the Massey Uni app.

Facilities for the public

  • Veterinary clinic
  • Venue hire

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