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Students have multiple options for living and accommodation while studying in the Manawatū. Hostels, flatting with friends or boarding in a homestay – there is a place for everyone to call home.

Hostels and Halls of Residence

A large number of students, particularly in their first year of study, will choose to stay in a hostel or a student hall of residence. Living in the hostels can be a wonderful experience, allowing you to meet other students and the opportunity to create new friendships. It also offers you an independent lifestyle with the perks of a structured, organised accommodation system in place.

Most education providers have their own on-campus halls of residence 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, 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 Manawatū, the following sites can help you:

Students talking Manawatu

Students talking at shared accommodation


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 as well as making life long friends!

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

What to expect at a homestay

The homestay student is integrated into the life of the host family, participating in family activities, outings and provide them with a real feel for the kiwi culture.

Homestay hosts are paid a fee set by each individual education provider and covers the provision of food, the internet and living costs of the student. In return hosts are expected to provide a clean, warm, and tidy room with a bed and bedlinen, a set of drawers and wardrobe, a heater, study desk, chair and reading lamp, pillows, blankets and towels. Access to a kitchen, a bathroom, toilet, laundry facilities, living and dining rooms, a telephone, a power point and the internet. You will also need to provide morning, lunch and evening meals for your homestay student.

Becoming a homestay host

Being a homestay host is when an international student lives with a local family in the family’s home, sharing meals and activities with the host family. Become a homestay accommodation host in Manawatū and experience the rewards international students can bring to your family!

Homestay Case Study

Family with homestay student homestay
June 12, 2018

Millward family homestay

Mike & HeyJoung Millward have been hosting international students for around ten years.  The Millward Family Mike & HeyJoung Millward have been hosting international students for around ten years. Both have lived overseas and know how difficult…