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Welcome to Abbey College

Abbey College is the University of Otago's dedicated accommodation for postgraduate and graduate students, and the only residential college of its kind in New Zealand.

The College is primarily for those students seeking long-term, convenient and collegial accommodation while they are studying in Dunedin. Our residents enjoy an independent lifestyle within a purpose-designed academic community, just a few minutes’ walk from the University.

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“At Abbey you can be as independent as possible without the hassle of setting everything up. And when writing, having cleaning done and meals cooked for you means you can concentrate on just one thing, your thesis."

Sarah, 31, PhD

Who may stay at Abbey College

  • Doctoral and Master’s students
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Honours’ Year students
  • Graduate students undertaking a subsequent course
  • Other members of the postgraduate community, including postdoctoral research fellows, visiting academics and fellows, and other University visitors

Additional financial support to residents on a PhD scholarship

The University of Otago provides additional support for Abbey residents receiving a University of Otago PhD scholarship of $1000 per annum pro-rated.

Apply to stay at Abbey College

To apply for accommodation at Abbey College, please click here Application for Accommodation.

“Abbey College has really enabled me to be a high achieving academic and a future leader in my research field. "

Terry, 30, Master's