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About University of Otago


The University of Otago campus is situated in the centre of Dunedin, a city offering the best of both worlds to students. It has the facilities, entertainment and variety of larger cities, with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities. However, it is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.

Dunedin welcomes students for the life and vitality they bring to the city. Otago students rate the quality of the university's "campus lifestyle" as one of its strongest attractions.

Finding the balance between study and leisure is an important part of university life. At Otago, the recreation programme offers something for everyone, including: windsurfing, gliding, dance, crafts, debating and social sports. Otago students also play leadership roles in professional sport.

The University Union is the hub of social life on campus. Centrally located, Union facilities include a clothing and gift shop, bar and restaurant, and an extensive food court cafe where students can meet between lectures for study breaks, meals or just coffee with friends.

Within an hour's drive of the campus, students can explore some of the region's most spectacular scenic and outdoor attractions. The extreme seasons of the greater Otago province lend themselves towards snow sports in winter, water-sports in summer, and a variety of sightseeing tours and wildlife reserves.

The 17,000 students who choose to study at the University of Otago become part of this unique education environment.