Designed by iconic architecture firm Mason and Wales, Caroline Freeman College was named City College when it opened in 2000.
Jointly owned by Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago, Caroline Freeman College was built to house students from both institutions. In 2017, the University of Otago purchased the Polytechnic's share in City College, making it exclusively available for University students from 2018 onwards.
To mark its new era of University ownership, the College was renamed Caroline Freeman College in honour of the University's first female graduate.
Caroline Freeman College has 210 single bedrooms spread across 37 apartments. Each apartment comprises four, five or six bedrooms; a lounge; a kitchenette; and shared bathrooms.
Students also have access to newly-refurbished common areas including a large dining hall, two lounges, an exercise room, a library and multiple tutorial rooms.
Our supportive environment
Small enough for everyone to get to know everyone else, but big enough to have a full range of facilities and services, Caroline Freeman College is the ideal size for a great first-year residential college experience.
Our experienced team at Caroline Freeman College are fully immersed in College life to support you to get the best out of your first-year experience and to achieve your goals for the year.
Caroline Freeman College is the ideal size for a great first-year residential college experience.
Our great location
Caroline Freeman College has the benefit of being a short, flat walk from the University, the North-East Valley village and supermarket, Dunedin Botanic Garden, the North Ground and Logan Park sportsgrounds, the George Street shopping precinct and Dunedin's student-focused hospitality industry.
|University campus (main entrance)||5 mins|
|Subway, Mobil Shop, BP 2go||1 min|
|Dunedin Botanic Garden||3 mins|
|Marsh Study Centre||3 mins|
|North Ground (park and rugby ground)||3 mins|
|Domino's, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut||3 mins|
|Bus stop (for bus to St Clair Beach)||3 mins|
|North East Valley village, New World supermarket||6 mins|
|Science Library||6 mins
|Otago Museum||8 mins|
|OUSA (Otago University Students' Association), Student Union Complex
|24-hour Night 'n Day convenience store||9 mins|
|Logan Park (athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby, soccer, tennis, touch)||12 mins|
|Otago Polytechnic||12 mins|
|Forsyth Barr Stadium||18 mins|
|Unipol student gym and recreation centre
|Cadbury Chocolate Factory||18 mins|
|Meridian Mall, Golden Centre, Wall Street Mall||20 mins|
|The Octagon (art gallery, bars, cafes, cinemas, public library, theatres, town hall)||25 mins|
|OUSA Aquatic Centre (Otago University Rowing Club)
|Baldwin Street (the world's steepest street)||25 mins|
Caroline Freeman College is a short flat walk from the University campus.
About Caroline Freeman
Caroline Freeman was born to an English farming family near Halifax, England, and emigrated to Otago as a child in 1858.
Her family farmed at Abbotsford in Dunedin. Caroline attended Green Island School, where she was Dux in 1866. She later served as the single-room rural school's first pupil teacher, from 1868 to 1872.
She had no secondary education but kept studying and became infant mistress at Caversham School in 1872. Encouraged by the principal, she studied for the matriculation exam to gain admission to the University of Otago.
At Otago, she walked over 10 km home to Green Island after lectures each day, while also supporting herself by teaching – although eventually, poor health forced her to take rooms in Dunedin.
When she walked on stage to graduate from University, her fellow students clapped, cheered, threw bouquets and burst into song. Otago Medical School's Dr William Brown then spoke about higher education for women.
Caroline died of a heart attack at her home in Christchurch in 1914. Her pupils erected a tombstone to "The beloved teacher and guide of many of New Zealand's girls".