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Applying for accommodation at Otago

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Applications for accommodation in 2017 may be made from the 1 August 2016.  Click on link to start the application process:  Application for Accommodation

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Current or future student of the University of Otago.
  • Prospective students from other institutions may apply for limited places in City College & Salmond College.
  • For helpful information please check out our flowchart about the application process.

When to apply

Full Year and Semester One

  • Applications open 1 August for full academic year accommodation.
  • Study Abroad/Exchange students may apply from the 1 August for Semester 1
  • Postgraduate students are welcome to apply at any time for accommodation at Abbey College.

Semester Two

  • Applications open 1 April each year.

Closing dates

  • Full academic year accommodation in the Residential Colleges should be made before the end of September.
  • International Students eligible for Semester One accommodation should apply before 1 December each year.
  • Applications received after these dates may be considered as places become available.

Important Information

  • The University of Otago requires accommodation applications to be made online.
  • This is a seperate process to applying to study on eVision.
  • Students applying for an undergraduate college and attended a New Zealand secondary school in 2015 or 2016 require a Common Confidential Reference Form completed by their school on their behalf. Please use this link to make an online request for this document: Online CCRF Request
  • Students that did not attend a New Zealand secondary school but attended school in 2015 or 2016 need to print the CCRF PDF file and complete section A then forward it to their school for completion: CCRF PDF File
  • Students applying for an undergraduate college and have not been attending or attended secondary school in the past 2 years are required to provide two character references.  These are attached to the accommodation application and must be provided to be considered for a place in a residential college.
  • Students that are transferring from another Tertiary Institution will be considered for a place once they have an unconditional academic offer from the University of Otago.

General Terms and Conditions

The University of Otago owns and manages the following undergraduate Residential Colleges: Aquinas College, Arana College, Carrington College, Cumberland College, Hayward College, Studholme College, Te Rangi Hiroa College, Toroa College and University College.


2016 General Terms & Conditions Undergraduate Colleges

2016 Contract Payment Schedule for Aquinas, Arana, Carrington, Cumberland, Hayward, Studholme, Toroa, University College