Private accommodation

There are a number of private accommodation options for Massey students. The University is not responsible for private accommodation but the accommodation office can offer advice and support to students living in or wanting to live in private accommodation. We can help you with knowing where to find accommodation, plus what to be aware of when renting in Palmerston North and New Zealand.

Private accommodation can include hostels, apartments, houses, units, flats or boarding. Your accommodation adviser will be able to give you lots of options near your campus.

How to find private accommodation at Massey

There are a number of ways to find private accommodation at Massey, and here are a few of them. Flats and apartments are advertised:

  • Weekly on Massey’s students’ associations’ notice boards
  • On other notice boards around the University including the accommodation office noticeboard
  • On student radio stations (listings played once or twice a day)
  • In the ‘To Let’ section of local newspapers (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
  • With private rental agencies (this comes at a cost)

Private accommodation in Palmerston North

The Destination Manawatu website provides a selection of accommodation options available to visitors to the Manawatu region.

Accommodation Services Office Massey University

Reception - Level 2
Student Centre Building
Ph: +64 356 9099 xtn 81688

Please feel free to drop in or contact the office with any queries.


After their first year of study, many students move into rented flats. Sometimes it can be quite a change from living in a Hall of Residence or managed apartment, and there are some important things to consider before you take the plunge.


  • Can you afford to pay the rent?
  • How much is the bond, and how much do you have to pay in advance?
  • How much will food and bills cost you? > Is the flat furnished or will you have to buy furniture?
  • Are there hidden costs: connection fees for utilities (power, gas and phone), moving costs, letting agency fees (if you use one), heating costs and groceries? Make a list.


  • Is the room big enough and light enough to study?
  • Is there room for your car or bike to be off the road?


  • Do they have similar ideas about housekeeping?
  • Have you discussed household chores, cooking requirements and how you’ll pay the bills?
  • Who will put the utilities in their name?


  • Is it within walking/biking/driving distance of Massey or on the free bus route (Palmerston North)


  • Will your belongings be secure?

The lease

  • Have you read and understood the lease?
  • Are you happy with the duration of the lease?
  • Is everyone in the flat paying a bond and signing the lease?

We recommend that you look at a selection of flats before choosing one. When it comes to the lease, make sure you read the document and that you and your flatmates are aware of your responsibilities before you sign it. If there’s anything you don’t understand, call your local accommodation adviser or contact the nearest branch of Tenancy Services.

If you have problems during the year, either with your flatmates or landlord, you can get help from the Accommodation Office, or the Students’ Association at your campus.


Residential Tenancy Agreement (434 KB) Residential Tenancy Agreement

Flat or House Sharing Agreement Template (38 KB) Flat or House Sharing Agreement Template

Guide to Living and Studying in New Zealand - Ministry of Education (965 KB) Guide to Living and Studying in New Zealand (Ministry of Education)

Tenancy Information - Dept Building and Housing (33 KB) Department of Building and Housing Tenancy Information Sheet

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