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Student Services Fee


Late in 2011, Parliament passed the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill which removed the compulsory element of all students paying for membership to a Student Association. In November this Act of Parliament was closely followed by a Regulation from the Minister of Education specifying the services that Universities could charge compulsory fees for.

Government regulation requires the University of Otago to ensure a range of services is available to students and that a specified number of these can be funded through the compulsory Student Services Fee.

Late in 2011, the University Council approved how the University would respond to this new environment and approved the new Student Services Fee. When first introduced at the start of 2012, the University took the opportunity to enable greater equity in how the fees are applied by establishing part charges for single semester and summer school only students.

This fee and the services it provides were reviewed and subsequently approved by University Council. The Student Services Fee covers only those elements permitted under the current Regulation. 

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Student Services Fee (Current)

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How the Student Services Fee is applied (Dunedin Campus)


$ (GST incl)

Advocacy & legal advice   65.87
Careers information, advice & guidance   38.13
Counselling Services (incl Accommodation & Chaplaincy)   28.87
Financial support & advice     1.43
Health Services 243.94
Media   39.79
Childcare services     6.74
Sports and Recreation Services facilities (incl $42.44) Internet) 307.83



How the Student Services Fee is applied (Christchurch & Wellington Campuses)


$ (GST incl)

Health & related welfare services available on the Christchurch and Wellington campuses 107.85
Advocacy & Recreation (includes $42.45  internet)    72.95



Invercargill campus students will pay $129.85 (GST incl) for Health & Related welfare services, Advocacy & Recreation (includes $42.45 internet)

Some services are provided by the University and others are purchased from contracted third parties which include OUSA.

The funds collected from the Student Services Fee must be used for the purposes identified above and are reported annually through the audited annual accounts in the University Annual Report.

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Exemptions Rebates & Variations

Summer School

Students enrolled in Summer School only, pay 1/6th of the Student Services Fee. Students who subsequently enrol in semester one or two will pay the balance of the relevant (S1 or S2) Student Services Fee.

First Semester Only

Students enrolling in the first semester pay the full year Fee but can apply at the Fees Office in the Clocktower for a refund of half the Fee provided they are not enrolled for the second semester and on surrender of their University Student ID Card before the start of second semester classes. PLEASE NOTE: For 2016 2nd semester starts on Monday 11 July. If students not enrolled for second semester wish to apply for a half refund, they should do so by handing in/sending their ID Card to the Fees office before Friday 8 July. Fees Office address: Fees Office, Clocktower, University of Otago, PO Box 56,  Dunedin 9054.

From the time of making an application students will be ineligible to use any of the services to which the Fee contributes.

Second Semester Only

Students enrolling for the second semester only, pay half the Student Services Fee.


In some circumstances students may be eligible for exemption of the Fee. Exemptions are granted only on the grounds outlined in the policy available here

Please check eligibility before applying. If a student believes they fit any of the criteria for exemption, please email the Director, Student Services with their name, student ID number and which exemption regulations clause(s) apply to their situation.

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Further Information

Fees Information

Fees Statute