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Staff Families Association

Want to come to Otago but worried how the family will settle?

Staff Families exists to help the partners and children of all newcomers to establish themselves as quickly as possible and make new friends.

For more than 50 years the Otago University Staff Families Association (OUSFA) has worked to make newcomers feel welcome.

Our members have all been through the same upheavals and know what it's like.

Coming to Otago on Sabbatical or for Postgraduate or Postdoctoral Study?

All visitors to the University are welcome to join all our activities, whether here for a few weeks or long stay.

OUSFA also assists the families of postgraduate and postdoctoral students new to Dunedin.

What do we do?

  • Meet weekly during the academic year for coffee, company and conversation.
  • Organise other events throughout the year for the whole family to join in and meet new friends.
  • Organise special interest activities - book group, craft evenings, babysitting.
  • Compare notes about local facilities, schools, shops etc with people who already know the ropes.

Let us know you're coming

Let us know you're coming so we can contact you very soon after arrival.

We look forward to meeting you and helping to make your stay in Dunedin an enjoyable one.

For information on lifestyle, schooling, accommodation and climate in Dunedin please visit the City of Dunedin website at

Working in the hospital?

Further information for Healthcare Otago staff is also available at

For more information about our Association

Please email us at or view our upcoming events by searching on Staff Families in the current Otago Bulletin at