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About us

The University Union is a commercial University owned operation comprising of 24 business units in 19 locations around campus.

The University Union is part of the University's Campus and Collegiate Life Services Division, with the General Manager reporting directly to the Director of Campus and Collegiate Life Services.

The Union's business units are divided into three major areas of operation, College Catering, Retail and Food & Beverage. The College Catering operation caters onsite to 1600 students residing at:

  • University College
  • Caroline Freeman College
  • Hayward College
  • Aquinas College
  • Cumberland College
  • Abbey College
  • Toroa College
  • Te Rangi Hiroa College

The Retail operation consists of: 

  • Campus Shop
  • Archway Shop
  • Marsh Study Centre
  • Visitors' Centre

The Food and Beverage operation consists of the following food outlets:

  • Te Mātiti
  • Frankly Sandwiches
  • Café Albany
  • Union Grill
  • Wasabi
  • World Kitchen
  • Detour Café
  • St Davids Café 
  • Hunter Café
  • Plaza Café

The Union also operates the University of Otago Staff Club, Lab Cafe, the student entertainment venue - Union Bar, and a significant University wide Conference and Events operation.

The Union is responsible for the management of the common space in the ISB Link, University Union Building, Staff Club, Hunter Building, St David Complex, the Marsh Study Centre, Plaza Complex and the Otago Business School.