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The grounds of UCOL Wairarapa campus 

Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the River, the River is me, a Māori whakatauki/proverb to describe the people, place and Awa o Whanganui.

Located on the banks of the beautiful Whanganui River next to Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens, UCOL shifted to its current location in 2008, integrating modern architecture with existing heritage buildings on Taupo Quay. Whanganui Iwi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, gave the campus the name 'Matapihi ki te Ao', which means window of opportunity to the world.

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. 

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

UCOL provides a friendly study environment with state-of-the-art facilities centred around The Atrium, where students can access computers, quiet study areas, learning support, the library and cafe. Other facilites include:

  • Visions Training Restaurant
  • Hair and Beauty Salon
  • Nursing sim lab
  • Fashion, art and photography studios
  • Computer graphic design suites and computers suites
  • Learning hub

Study options

A range of classes are starting in July 2017. Find out what you can study.

Still in school? UCOL runs a range of programmes for seniors at secondary school seeking to transition into tertiary study and gain practical skills. See our brochure, Discover your Career while in School - Study Options for 2017.

Visiting UCOL

Feel free to visit UCOL to see what it's like, and talk to our friendly Information Centre team.

Moving to Whanganui?

If you're considering moving to Whanganui to study at UCOL, Whanganui & Partners has some useful information about what it's like to live and study here

Free bus transport and other benefits

UCOL students have access to a range of benefits, including free bus transport within Whanganui departing Trafalgar Square every hour, and to and from Palmerston North. To find out more, see Benefits and Discounts.


UCOL has a range of services to help you with your study journey, including tips on how to fund your study and information about scholarship opportunities.

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. 

Community connections

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

What's happening on campus

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


Starting soon at UCOL Whanganui

People sitting together inside

Keen to study at UCOL Whanganui? Take a look at our classes starting June 2017.

Visions Training Restaurant

A chef plating up a dish under the heat lamps in a commercial kitchen

UCOL's Chef Training and Hospitality team welcome you to dine with us in our training restaurant, Visions.

Hair and Beauty

A hairdresser demonstrating a cutting technique on a mannequin to a class of people

UCOL's Hair and Beauty team welcome you to visit for a hair or beauty treatment at our Whanganui salon.