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About Arana College

Arana College Pano

Diverse range of accommodation

Arana is a University of Otago Residential College occupying an historic administration building and purpose-built residential blocks.

Arana also manages a number of renovated villas, bungalows and even studio apartments in restored professorial mansions. Residents have been placed in these houses since 1943.

Options can be found to suit the needs of almost all students at any level of tertiary study.


First class facilities

  • Variety of recreational facilities
  • Comfortable open-plan common rooms and floor lounges
  • State-of-the-art computer suite
  • Excellent study facilities
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Top-notch cuisine
  • First-rate staff


Perfect location

The clock tower and registry building

Arana stands overlooking the northern aspect of the University Campus, only three minutes' walking distance from the historic Registry building.

5 minutes to campus

We are within five minutes walk of all campus lecture theatres, libraries, departmental offices and assorted computer and study facilities.

10 minutes to shopping and nightlife

George Street, Dunedin's main street and home to shopping, cafes, and nightlife, is only ten minutes scenic walk through the well-lit campus area and museum grounds.

5 minutes to the gym

Unipol Sports Centre, with a complete array of fitness and leisure facilities is only a short walk away.