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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.