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Palmerston North



Nestled in the heart of the city, close to cafes, bus stops and the square is our Palmerston North campus. Named 'Rangitā ne Tikaraina ki te Matauranga' by Rangitāne, its name translates in part to "straight pathway to education".

The campus architecture blends historic buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. The central hub of UCOL Palmerston North is the Atrium, where students can access computers, quiet study areas, learning support, the library, café, and wellbeing and information hubs. Nearby, students can find the Whānau Room which is equipped with a kitchen and lounge with Māori and Pasifika support staff on hand.

A free bus service is available to all UCOL students and staff within the city, departing from and arriving at the Central City Terminal every 20 minutes. There is also a public Whanganui-Palmerston North (return) commuter bus service which UCOL students ands staff can travel on for free, with convenient stops at both campus locations (ID required). 

UCOL Palmerston North has a wide range of industry standard training facilities. The most recent additions to these are the new hairdressing salon and beauty clinics, alongside the region's largest trades training building. The campus also has a fully operational training restaurant, nursing simulation labs, sports gym, photography and design studios, performing arts space, vet nursing clinics and medical imaging rooms.

To support our students, UCOL Palmerston North has disability support staff, international support staff  for our international students, and an experienced Student Success Team to provide academic guidance and support for all students. 

The Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U) is located across the road from the campus, providing additional student support and advocacy.

To find out what's happening at our Palmerston North campus, see our news and events

If you're considering moving to Palmerston North to study at UCOL, the Central Economic Development Agency has some useful information about what it's like to live and study here. Also see News Hub's story, The Hub of Palmerston North.







Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me. Located on the banks of the beautiful Whanganui river next to Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens, the Whanganui UCOL campus blends heritage buildings with industry equipped learning facilities. Whanganui Iwi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, gave the campus the name 'Matapihi ki te Ao', which means window of opportunity to the world.

The Whanganui School of Design encompasses Whanganui UCOL's creative programmes which include Computer Graphic Design, Visual Arts and Textile/Fashion Design. 

Whanganui UCOL's state-of-the-art facilities include a new purpose-built, public hairdressing salon and beauty therapy clinic, full training kitchen and restaurant Visions on Rutland, nursing simulation labs, fashion, art and photography studios along with computer graphic design suites, computers suites, cafe and a warm friendly study environment. 

A free bus service is available to all UCOL students and staff within the city, departing from and arriving at Trafalgar Square every hour. UCOL also provides a free intercampus bus service between Palmerston North - Whanganui (return) available for both students and staff. Passenger registration and UCOL ID card is required for travel with departure times as follows: 

6:45 am - Bus to Whanganui UCOL departs Palmerston North UCOL campus (King Street - at the rear of the Regent Theatre next to Stage Door Cafe) 

5:15 pm - Bus to Palmerston North UCOL departs Whanganui UCOL

The campus shifted to this new site in 2008, integrating modern architecture with existing heritage buildings on Taupo Quay. In 2014-2015 the atrium was transformed into a learning hub, providing a modern and welcoming place for staff, students and visitors. Heritage buildings were strengthened and are now home to the Whanganui School of Design, as well as shared community space with the Whanganui District Council, and Community Education Whanganui. 

Whanganui UCOL believes in a whole of community approach, and recognises a special Accord with Te Puna Mātauranga o Whanganui for the benefit of all.

This connectedness to the community led UCOL to become a proud supporter of Digital Whanganui, an online directory of web designers, programmers, photographers, IT support, hardware and software outlets, web writers, government and community organisations. See

Taught by industry experienced and award winning lecturers from around the world, graduates of Whanganui UCOL are well recognised by employers.

To find out what's happening on our Whanganui campus, see our latest news.






The Wairarapa campus is located in the heart of Masterton and has strong ties with the community and local iwi, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, ensuring the campus is consistently working to meet the region's training needs.

The campus is set amongst trees and streams, with space for students to meet and study. UCOL Wairarapa is close to the CBD, with easy access to cafes and shops, with an on-campus childcare facility and cafe. Central to the campus is Whakaoriori Marae, which includes the campus' whā nau room. The marae serves iwi and the wider community, alongside our students and staff.

On campus, the facilities include purpose-built spaces for trades students, industry standard science and clinical laboratories, hairdressing salon, beauty therapy clinic, music studios and commercial kitchen as well as computer labs. There is a library available for student use, which is part of the SMART library network. This enables students to borrow books from other libraries within the wider region, and UCOL shares its library resources across all campuses. To keep students connected, free wireless internet and laptops are available for students on campus.

To find out what's happening at our Wairarapa campus, see our latest news.





The UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography in Auckland (UICP/A) is our newest campus in the heart of Newmarket, specially designed to suit creative learning and in particular, award winning photography.  

The facilities were designed with creativity and innovation in mind and include collaborative group workspaces, meeting pods, industry standard mac labs and design facilities alongside photography studios.

UICP/A offers the two year Diploma in Photographic Imaging, a programme which has set a high benchmark in visual imaging across New Zealand.

UCIP/A has a partnership with leading imagery brand Canon which ensures students are equipped with the latest imaging technology, industry resources and knowledge. Canon trains our industry experienced lecturers on new technology, runs leading print, cinema and photographic workshops, and they make specialty products available for student use on occasion. 

UICP/A can be found nestled in the centre of Newmarket with train station, cafes, bars and shops all on its doorstep.


Other Locations


Alongside our Auckland, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Palmerston North campuses, UCOL also delivers programmes in the Horowhenua, Kāpiti, and Ruapehu areas.

We deliver a U-Skills Hair and Beauty programme at Te Takere in Levin for Year 12 and 13 students, so that they can explore Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy as a career, and gain credits towards NCEA.

On the Kāpiti Coast, we also deliver a U-Skills Construction programme in Ōtaki for Year 12 and 13 students, based at Ōtaki College. Students on this programme explore Construction as a career option and also gain credits towards NCEA. 

In Taumarunui, UCOL delivers the Certificate in Carpentry with close support from Hinengakau Development Trust, Te Puni Kōkiri & the Ministry of Social Development. This programme is also available through/with support from Tui Ora (SWEET Team) in Opunake.