Palmerston North is equipped with everything that is being required by the students which help in fostering the standard of living to the highest level of persistence. This city is known for the rich farming facilities owing to the flourishing river Manawatu and it is also home to the Massey University which is the largest in New Zealand.
Food and drinks in the city can be enjoyed in full ease which span across various cuisines from across the world. Asian, Turkish, Indian, Mexican, almost everything on earth can be found here when it comes to the food. The quality of food served is awesome and the cost in which the food if afforded is also as per the standards.
Also known by the name, Palmy, this city is touted to be the seventh largest city in New Zealand and eighth in the urban area. Economically the country is well advanced and offers many opportunities of employment of jobs and education. Accommodation facilities are available in almost every segment and it perfectly fits your budget as well, therefore, the subsistence level in the economy fits the limit that you have decided.
Education level of the city is quite up-to-the-mark with these colleges and schools which includes Universal College of Learning situated in Palmerston North Central, The Design School at The Square Palmerston North, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa which is located at different locations from Palmerston North, Institute of the Pacific United at Aokautere and Massey University at Turitea. Besides that there are many primary and secondary schools in the city which ensure that there are enough of the educational facilities that help if fostering the level of education across the place.
For the students, many types of accommodation are present which include the following:
- Private rent accommodation
In the hostel, numerous students can reside and the facilities being offered here are quite comfortable and provide for a hassle free living. The hostel facilities are available in the following ones:
- @ the Hub
- Baptist Student Hostel
- IPU New Zealand Accommodation
- Massey University’s hostel
In the homestay option, you will get to live with a local family who will take care of your needs and this will cost you $240 for a week maximum. This cost will also include the meals as well that you will be getting in the same rent.
Going for the private rented flats includes the facilities like the internet, phone and fooding and for acquiring these accommodations; you will have to sign the tenancy agreement which helps you to find the perfect locations.
Cost of living
Cost of living includes the cost of the food and the rent that you have to pay per week. If you are getting the scholarship, then plenty of the fees will get covered in the financial assistance that the university provides you. The cost of the clothes, transportation, personal care, everything gets covered in the price range that you will have to shell out for living here.
This city is considered to be the cheapest for the students and for this reason and Palmerston is also the city where most if the students come for studies. If the students do not have the dependents then it is easy for them to get adjusted in the city without losing out much of the money.
This city is a good place to study and also to explore an altogether a different experience. You will get to enjoy the gardens, the Te Apiti and the scenic journeys which can unveil a new place. The museums are a good way out to explore the heritage of the city also to see the artworks of the famous painters.
Coach House Museum, County Fayre, New Zealand Rugby Museum, Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum are some of the museums which you can visit. The Carolines Gardens, Caccia Birch House & Gardens, Cross Hills Gardens, Greenhaugh Gardens are places which you can visit to enjoy nature like nowhere else.
Travel and Transportation
The city is well connected and there are many modes of transportation through which you can get to reach the place you like. Rail network of the city is quite expanded and it is the passenger trains that can be boarded from the North Inland Main Trunk. Woodville serves as a connecting point with the Wairapara Line and the main trunk railway station gets joined by the Palmerston North.
The KiwiRail runs the passenger trains and in the category of the commuter train, it is the Capital Connection which runs once a day and has the stoppage at the Northern explorer and Auckland.
Bus travel in the city is rampant and with the availability of the Urban services, there are seven buses which commute on a daily basis from the Main Street and is you are studying in the Massey University and IPU, then boarding the buses it no more a problem. The Urban services are managed by the Tranzit Company that is based in Masterton. The bus service connects the following towns:
If you are staying across the North Island, then also reaching this part of the city is not a problem at all. State highways are also there through which you can easily drive and reach the place you want but it is the rail and bus service through which commuting is much easier.
You can choose to play the golf or go for shopping, everything is simply reachable here. For the avid golfers, you can choose to pick the clubs such as Manawatu Golf Club and Orlando Country Club. You can go for rad rides or join the cycle tours or for the adventurous mountain biking expedition with your friends.
Te Apiti, Tawa Loop, Sledge Track, Rangiwahia Hut Track, Fern Walk or Manawatu River Pathway is the ultimate dream destinations for those who love to trek. You may choose to shop and enjoy at Plaza Shopping Centre and George Street and Coleman Mall which offer everything that is of your need.
Food and Grocery Shopping
Finding the stuff from the local market is no more a trouble because there are markets which are available for the same. Apart from the grocery you can pick the home wares and the things which are tough to find elsewhere. You can shop at the weekly markets such as:
- Sanson Market
- Palmy Sunday Market
- Feilding Farmers’ Market
- Cloverlea Sunday market
Similarly, there are monthly markets as well which include Hokowhitu Village Farmers’ Market, Makers Market, and Village Night Market. Annual markets include Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair and Magic of Christmas Night Market from where finding the local stuff is easy and quite economical.
Numerous companies are based in Palmerston north which include the Toyota, FMG, Sime Darby, Truck Shops to name a few. The economy of the area is based upon the innovative aspects of technology and for this reason, many job opportunities are available. Sales support, production manager, Generalist HR Advisor, Environmental Manager, Postdoctoral Scientist, QA Automation Engineer, and Veterinary Pathologist.
Focus remains upon the creation of jobs which can boost the innovative research in many other areas. This has happened owing to the flourishing universities and institutions which promote the research work in varied fields.
To meet the daily expenses and the cost of living, it is easy to get the jobs here. Part-time jobs are available as support worker, clinical receptionist and admin support, referral assistant, customer service and administration, regional administrator and so on. These jobs provide good opportunity to earn as well as learn and the skills thus acquired can also be used in your applications for jobs at a later stage.
It is great if you can find any opportunity in the field of your studies so that it helps you in your career as well.
Throughout New Zealand many Indians have settled and as a student, you can choose Palmerston North for everything like activities, sports and the education institutions as well which have the larger number of Indians studying there. Indian communities in the cities are widespread and this has inspired many other students from India to pursue their education from here.
As a promising place to pursue education, this city has in the recent times seen a massive rise in the influx of Indians.
Café bars in the city are largest in numbers in the whole of the country and it is easy to find the gourmet cuisine from the restaurants available here. Ethnic food is quite easy to find and one can watch out for the pubs as well in the city who offer the classic drinks in the price that you can pay.
Rose & crown olde English pub, Awastone, Apiti Tavern and Eatery, Cartwheel Creamery, Murray’s Irish Bar, Waterford Café & Bar and Woolshed Cafe to name a few. The ambience of these pubs are spacious and lavish and the cost of the drinks are well within you reach so these are a must visit place.