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Rental accommodation

UnipolStudents at Otago may choose to flat from their first year, although for many it is where they live in their second year after their first in one of our 15 residential colleges.

As Dunedin is a compact city there are many options of areas to live in that don’t result in long commutes to uni, and there is public transport covering all of the main suburbs.

While some rooms or flats may be partially or fully furnished, you might find you need to purchase some furniture, appliances or kitchen equipment. 

There can be initial setup costs which may include:

  • Rental bond (can be 2-4 weeks rent)
  • Rent in advance
  • Insurance
  • Internet connection fee
  • Power connection bond
  • First grocery shop for the basics

There will also be ongoing costs in addition to rent which may include:

  • Internet
  • Power
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Transport

It is important that you and your flatmates discuss expectations around budgets, cooking (either individually or for the flat) and cleaning. Drawing up a roster is a good way to ensure that everyone pitches in to do their part.

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Locals programme


If you’re going to be studying at Otago for the first time and living in the local Dunedin area, whether that is living at home, flatting, boarding or renting, then you could be part of the Locals programme for first-year students.

The programme provides access to academic, social, sporting and community-based opportunities. They also offer study advice and skills workshops, and there is a Locals HQ where you can study and meet up with other Locals. A team of University staff and senior students provide mentoring and support as you study.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Local see their website, and follow them on Facebook for upcoming activities and events.

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International students

See the Accommodation for International Students page.