ucol furniture design school

a tradition of fine design

UCOL campus
The Furniture Design School is based at UCOL's stunning architecturally-designed campus in the heart of vibrant and youthful Palmerston North.

The local Manawatu region combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the picturesque provincial appeal of Palmerston North city (affectionately known by the locals as ‘Palmy').


Student City
With a population of 78 000, Palmerston North has long been known as the ‘Student City' of the North Island - for around 40% of the city's residents are studying something! Palmy loves its students. It's cheap and easy to get around, accommodation is plentiful, rents are affordable and you'll find all the shopping, dining or entertainment you could ever ask for.


A creative heart
At the heart of the city's creative centre lies Te Manawa - a unique combined public art gallery, museum and science centre complex where our graduate students often exhibit. Numerous smaller galleries, museums, craft outlets and working artists also call the city and its surrounds home.


Kiwi adventures close at hand
Right at the heart of the central/lower North Island, the city's international airport means Australia is a mere two hours away, while other North Island centres and attractions, including impressive ski-fields, resorts and unspoilt wilderness are within an easy two to three hour drive.