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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:

Study options

A range of classes are starting soon. 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 In School study options.

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. To find out more, see Benefits and Discounts.

Intercampus bus

If you live in Palmerston North and wish to study/work at UCOL in Whanganui, you can travel on our free intercampus bus. Simply register with Facilities Management and show your UCOL ID to the driver. Note that Friday 1 December 2017 is the last day the service is operating this year. It will resume again on 19 February 2018.

Palmerston North to Whanganui
6:45am - The bus departs outside Stage Door Cafe, on King Street, Palmerston North.
7:15am - The bus passes through Bulls* (the pick up point is north of Coffee on the MOOve). 

Whanganui to Palmerston North
5:15pm - The bus departs from UCOL on Rutland Street, Whanganui. 

*Bulls isn't a scheduled stop, and space isn't guaranteed, but it is possible to catch the bus, and be dropped off there on the return trip.


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 www.digitalwhanganui.org.nz

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

A group of people sitting together in a communal space

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

Visions Training Restaurant

A chef delivering a meal for service 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 photograph of a hairdressing training class

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