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UCOL Palmerston North Campus

Palmerston North campus
The UCOL Palmerston North campus can be found right in the heart of Palmerston North City as one of the city’s stand out landmarks. Its Maori name is Rangitaane Tikaraina ki te Matauranga, which translates in part to “straight pathway to education”.


Our unique architectural design blends historic buildings with state-of-the-art facilities.


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Trades Building

Trades building
UCOL Palmerston North recently opened the region’s largest trades training centre in March 2012. 5,315 square metres of shared space provides enough room for you to combine traditional skill training with hands-on project-based learning using the latest industry equipment and technology.

Modern Gymnasium

Palmerston North gym
The campus maintains its very own health and fitness facilities exclusively for students studying health science programmes such as Bachelor in Exercise and Sport.

Teaching Kitchens

Ambitions Training Restaurant
Ambitions is UCOL Palmerston North's training restaurant. It is staffed by students currently enrolled in the Certificate in Hospitality and Professional Cookery Level 3 programmes.
Ambition’s Training Restaurant provides “on-the-job” training for our students. Our trainee chefs prepare and cook delicious food, served in the restaurant by our hospitality students.  Click here for our menu.
We are open in term time only. We are fully licensed and have an amazing range of cocktails and mocktails.
Both staff and students regularly gain recognition in prestigious national culinary contests.

Learning Hub

Palmerston North Learning Hub
The Learning Hub is equipped with computer stations and wireless internet access to aid you in your learning. You can relax and study between classes in an open lounge-style environment. 

Staff are on hand to help you with your studies, find resources, online searches and other questions.

Barista Cafe

You can get your daily caffeine fix at the Stage Door Cafe, situated within the Learning Hub or at nearby cafes.


The campus is located close to the Palmerston North city CBD.

Why Palmerston North?

Surrounded by the rolling hilltops of the Tararua Ranges, Palmerston North City boasts the clean air and beautiful scenery of the Manawatu with a strong retail, arts and cafe culture.

Scenic view of Palmerston North
The location makes an ideal home base for keen travelers. New Zealand’s capital (Wellington), Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa wineries are an easy two hour drive away, while Lake Taupo and the impressive ski fields of the Central Plateau are within three hours. 

Palmerston North combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated appeal of a larger city.  Major industries include agriculture, Crown Research Institutes and a regional transport hub.


What can you do here? Plenty – including dining, shopping, biking, fishing, swimming, motorsport and other outdoor pursuits. 

For the perfect way to spend a well deserved break from study, check out what’s going on at Student City www.studentcity.co.nz and www.manawatunz.co.nz

George Street and the Square are lined with heaps of cafes and boutique shops, creating the perfect environment for you to relax, refresh and study. The Plaza mall is well known for its good shopping and is popular with locals and out of town visitors.

Palmerston North has a strong rugby culture and is home to the Manawatu Turbos. Arena Manawatu hosts quality regional matches at affordable prices, even for students!  You can also explore the rich history of this sport at the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

The Te Manawa Museum gives you an in depth insight into the history and culture of the city and the Manawatu region. Te Manawa hosts many international as well as regional exhibitions.

Facilities and Services

Palmerston North City Library is the biggest in the region and their services are available to all students in the city.

A free bus service is available to all UCOL students within the city, departing from and arriving at the Central City Terminal every 20 minutes. The terminal is situated just a five minute walk from the campus.

Palmerston North Airport offers domestic flights to and from all of New Zealand's major cities.


Palmerston North residents
The population in Palmerston North is made up of a vibrant and youthful multicultural demographic. Over half of the 82,400 people who live here are aged between 15-29 years old.


What makes Palmerston North unique from other cities is its low rent prices and affordable living. Rent prices for CBD four bedroom houses start from around $270 per week. The city is also home to a diverse and bustling nightlife.


The climate here is much milder than many New Zealand cities. Palmerston North summer temperatures average around 22 degrees. Winters are mild, with a few frosts each year and medium rainfall.

Contact Details

For further information about the exciting opportunities offered at UCOL Palmerston North, feel free to contact us at…

 Physical Address:

 Corner King and Princess Streets, Palmerston North

 Postal Address:

Private Bag 11-022, Palmerston North 4442

 Phone Number:

0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265)




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