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Palmerston North


Nestled in the heart of the city, close to cafes, bus stops and the square is UCOL's 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. 

All students enrolled at UCOL gain automatic membership to Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U), which offers a range of support services and advocacy. The office is located across the road from the main campus in The Gap mall.

Visiting UCOL 

Car parking
Let UCOL know when you're visiting and we'll arrange a UCOL Temporary Parking Permit for you in advance of your visit. Contact Facilities Management on 06 952 7001 extn 7333.
  • Free 30 minute parking with a permit is available to visitors on Queen Street outside Block 6. Book your space with Facilities Management.
  • $1 half day and $2 all day parking with a permit is available to visitors on Grey Street, Queen Street and Princess Street. Pay via the machine located in the car park.

Make sure you display your Permit clearly,  your Pay and Display ticket (if in a paid space), and if you're parking in a mobility space, also display your Mobility Card.

Moving to Palmerston North?

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.

Free bus transport for UCOL students

A free bus service is available to all UCOL students and staff within the city. There is a bus stop directly outside the campus on Princess Street and we're a five minute walk from the Central City Terminal, where buses arrive and depart every 20 minutes. 

There is also a public Whanganui-Palmerston North (return) commuter bus service, which UCOL students and staff can travel on for free, with convenient stops at both campus locations (ID required). 

What's happening on campus

To find out what's happening at our Palmerston North campus, see our news and events, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Starting soon at UCOL Palmerston North

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Keen to study at UCOL Palmerston North? Take a look at our classes starting July 2017.

Ambitions Training Restaurant

Fish and chips

UCOL's Chef Training and Hospitality team welcome you to dine with us for lunch or dinner in our training restaurant, Ambitions.

Hair and Beauty

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UCOL's Hair and Beauty team welcome you to visit us for a hair, beauty or nail treatment in one of our salons in Palmerston North, Wairarapa or Whanganui.

TOEFL iBT test

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UCOL's Palmerston North campus is one of three TOEFL iBT testing centres in New Zealand. The English proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.