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Official University of Otago residential colleges 

A perfect place to find like-minded people and discover life-long friendships, our residential colleges combine the right living and learning environments for you to thrive

College Aquinas

Aquinas College

  • 15 mins
  • 156
  • $15,390

College Arana

Arana College

  • 3 mins
  • 404
  • $15,390

College City College

Caroline Freeman College

  • 5 mins
  • 214
  • $15,390

College Carrington

Carrington College

  • 6 mins
  • 243
  • $15,390

College Cumberland

Cumberland College

  • 4 mins
  • 327
  • $15,390

College Hayward

Hayward College

  • 3 mins
  • 162
  • $15,390

College Knox

Knox College

  • 12 mins
  • 262
  • $15,314

College St Margarets

St Margaret's College

  • 0 mins
  • 224
  • $16,625

College Salmond

Salmond College

  • 12 mins
  • 260
  • $15,162

College Selwyn

Selwyn College

  • 0 mins
  • 201
  • $16,825

College Studholme

Studholme College

  • 3 mins
  • 184
  • $15,390

College Te Rangi Hiroa

Te Rangi Hiroa College

  • 5 mins
  • 125
  • $16,340

College Toroa

Toroa College

  • 3 mins
  • 152
  • $15,390

College UniCol

University College

  • 0 mins
  • 507
  • $15,390

College Abbey

Abbey College: Postgraduate

  • 5 mins
  • 75
  • varies

Aquinas College

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  • 15 minutes
  • 156
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

It’s testament to the unique community spirit that exists here at Aquinas that our members regularly clock up hundreds of hours of volunteer work before the first semester has officially begun – with students coming together to help out the community and forge new friendships.

You’ll connect with your fellow residents the moment you step in the door – joining our inclusive, diverse college whānau. We offer a full social, cultural and sports calendar to ensure you enjoy a balanced lifestyle, combining study, community and fun as you make your transition from teenage life to independence.

Featuring a spacious, newly-renovated environment with stunning views over the city, a gym, indoor sports court, outdoor space and personalised academic support from dedicated staff, Aquinas is located just a 15-minute walk from campus, or you can use our free shuttle service.

Fees

$15,390 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Luke Morrison
Aquinas College | 74 Gladstone Road
Tel +64 3 479 5562
Email aquinas@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Aquinas College website

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Arana College

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  • 3 minutes
  • 404
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

Open the front door to Arana College and step inside a collegiate community where your success is measured not only in academic achievement but also by your engagement with your community.

Our diverse learning environment allows you to thrive. Support your team while navigating the bush together, volunteer for a local community group and share new ideas with fellow members while experiencing university life.

From our humble beginnings – established in 1943 to house returning soldiers – we have become a modern college that holds true to its core values of care, togetherness and strength. Sure, sometimes we dress up and have fancy dinners, but we remain thoroughly relevant to today’s world. Help “wield the paddles together” and be part of a new generation of leaders, thinkers and citizens who will help shape our future.

Fees

$15,390 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Jamie Gilbertson
Arana College | 110 Clyde Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 5508 or +64 3 479 5509
Email jamie.gilbertson@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Arana College website

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Caroline Freeman College

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  • 5 minutes
  • 214
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

At Caroline Freeman College – named in honour of the University’s first female graduate who was a passionate pioneer in education – you’ll experience a world of diversity. Our members study arts, commerce, health science, law, science and teaching.

Artworks from alumni cover the walls of our modern custom- built college, which includes a common room, tutorial rooms, a library and a sports court. Our members have many opportunities to represent the college in sporting, cultural and social activities – we celebrate all of our members’ talents.

Shared living offers you a perfect stepping-stone into your first year away from home with all the benefits of college life – from meals to structured academic support. Learn, network and engage with others during an immensely fun and memorable year.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2018 fees) + $740.00 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Chris Addington
Caroline Freeman College | 911 Cumberland Street
Dunedin 9059
Tel +64 3 479 5590
Email chris.addington@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Caroline Freeman College website

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Carrington College

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  • 6 minutes
  • 241
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

Escape the busy university campus in our tranquil college set in beautiful garden surroundings that are referred to as the “Heartland”. Our well-resourced facilities allow you to experience a taste of shared living with the benefits of college life.

When Carrington opened in 1945 it was the first co-educational college in Australasia. The progressive nature of this community continues today. We are very familiar with the support needs of our members throughout the academic year and provide plenty of opportunities to foster a good work/life balance, while having fun and forming enduring friendships.

Our members come from around the world with a common goal – to achieve excellence in education while engaging with the world we live in through the core values of respect, trust, good citizenship and a strong sense of collegiality.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Robyn Madden
Carrington College | 57 Heriot Row
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 5533
Email robyn.madden@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Carrington College website

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Cumberland College

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  • 4 minutes
  • 327
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

Open your mind to new ideas and join a vibrant academically-focused college community where you will learn, discover and grow as a student and individual. Our motto – “Fortune favours the bold” – embodies the culture and spirit of Cumberland, where we hope you’ll challenge yourself to think differently, get involved and “have a go”.

Cumberland is your home away from home – with a unique, friendly character that you feel the moment you walk through the door. We offer a variety of learning and social facilities, including live-in student leaders to help you settle in, a comprehensive academic support system, study spaces, an extensive sports and cultural programme, a wide range of volunteering opportunities and a fully-lit astro-turf sports court.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2018 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Rosemary Tarbotton
Cumberland College | 250 Castle Street
Dunedin 9059
Tel +64 3 479 5574
Email cumberland@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Cumberland College website

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Hayward College

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  • 3 minutes
  • 174
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

No matter where you come from, what you study or what you’re into, when you step into Hayward College you become a lifetime member of our family. Hayward is a nurturing place that embraces difference and celebrates individuality so that new students can grow and thrive.

We support and encourage academic achievement, and our priority is ensuring a balance of serious study and good times. Through our community, social and sporting events – from colour wars to speed meet-and-greets, themed dinners and volunteer work – you’ll feel part of something special, and form lasting friendships. We’re proud of our motto – “community and integrity” – and now offer an annual prize for each of the top two students who best demonstrate these Hayward attributes.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Pauline Donovan
Hayward College | 110 Frederick Street
Dunedin 9054
Tel +64 3 479 5520
Email hayward.college@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Hayward College website

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Knox College

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  • 12 minutes
  • 262
  • Tutorials
  • $15,314 2019 fees

One of the country’s oldest colleges, Knox stands as an exemplar of collegial life. Whether it’s dining in the Great Hall, performing in the Concert on the Stairwell, enjoying the Garden Party, attending the Larnach Castle Ball, or competing for the Cameron Shield and Nevill Cup, everything we do has a sense of occasion and is an expression of our strong communal life.

The Knox experience is rich and diverse, owing much to the role that returners play in welcoming new members, passing on traditions and organising all the events that comprise the Knox calendar. Strong pastoral and academic support ensures residents are given every opportunity to succeed and flourish.

Our impressive facilities include a library, chapel, tutorial rooms, music room, gym and a variety of accommodation options.

Fees

From $15,314.00 (2019 fees) + $970 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,284.00

Contact

Dr Graham Redding
Knox College | 3 Arden Street
Dunedin 9010
Tel +64 3 479 0788
Email master@knoxcollege.ac.nz

Find out more: Knox College website

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St Margaret’s College

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  • 0 minutes
  • 224
  • Tutorials
  • $16,625 2019 fees

With roses growing at the entranceway and colourful vines hanging over the exquisite brickwork, you’d be forgiven for mistaking St Margaret’s for a grand stately home, rather than a residential college.

But alongside the beauty of the place – located right on campus – are the excellent facilities on offer to all our college members and alumni. From our games, music and common rooms, to the study centre and tutorial rooms, we have everything you need to thrive academically and socially, whether you’re a first-year or returning student. Our regular formal dinners include guests from the wider community who offer an insight into what it takes to succeed throughout your career, while our three core values – consideration for others, common sense and courtesy – provide a solid foundation for a thriving community.

Fees

$16,625.00 (2019 fees) + $1000 (Non refundable acceptance fee) Total: $17,625.00

Contact

Dr Charles Tustin
St Margaret’s College | 333 Leith Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel 0800 COLLEGE (265 534) tollfree within NZ
     +64 3 479 5540 from overseas
Email contact@stmargarets.college

Find out more: St Margaret’s College website

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Salmond College

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  • 12 minutes
  • 260
  • Tutorials
  • $15,162 2019 fees

Ask any member of Salmond College what makes their college special and they’ll tell you it’s because it’s “home”. Friendly, welcoming and accepting of students from all walks of life, you will become part of our whānau the moment you step inside, living in a space where your individuality is celebrated – and you can be yourself.

Custom-built as a residential college in the 1970s and set in extensive grounds outside the busy campus, we offer fabulous facilities, including tutorial rooms, music rooms, library, an on-site chapel, gym, tennis court, free carparking and outdoor areas for volleyball, cricket and other sports. Enjoy the easy walk to campus through Dunedin’s stunning Botanic Garden with your friends, knowing your college retreat is just a short walk home. Or if you have an early class or are studying late, we offer a free shuttle service.

Fees

From $15,162.00 (2019 fees) + $920 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,082.00

Contact

Maurie Jackways
Salmond College | 19 Knox Street
Dunedin 9010
Tel +64 3 473 0750
Email administration@salmondcollege.ac.nz

Find out more: Salmond College website

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Selwyn College

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  • 0 minutes
  • 202
  • Tutorials
  • $16,825 2019 fees

There’s something special about being the oldest. And in a city known for its many firsts – the first university, medical and dental school – we take pride in being the country’s first university college. We honour our rich heritage and traditions at Selwyn – we embrace returning members, remain connected with our alumni, our Selwyn Ballet is the oldest amateur all-male ballet troupe in the world, and we continue to take on Knox College every year in sporting and cultural competitions.

But make no mistake – we offer everything you need as a twenty-first century student. Our heritage buildings and grounds, located on campus, house superb learning and social facilities, including a study centre, music room and common rooms. We also have a tennis court and a squash court.

Fees

$16,825.00 (2019 fees) + $1,800 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $18,625.00

Contact

Luke McClelland
Selwyn College | 560 Castle Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 477 3326
Email admin.selwyn@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Selwyn College website

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Studholme College

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  • 3 minutes
  • 184
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

For more than 100 years we’ve created a home for our resident members – a place where you’ll feel supported as you transition into adulthood and tertiary learning.

The original homestead is attached to our main building with several beautifully maintained bungalows, cottages and houses on-site, and our stunning grounds offer an awesome location for a friendly game of volleyball, basketball or cricket – or a place to share a meal with friends.

We understand what it takes for you to succeed. Our motto – “Scientia Et Amor Illuminant Domum” (“knowledge and love enlightens the home”) – is at the heart of our philosophy. With the right people around you – friendly staff and fellow members – you’ll be able to “give it your best shot” and achieve your goals.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Sagato (Ziggy) Lesa
Studholme College | 127 Clyde Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 5504
Email studholme.college@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Studholme College website

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Te Rangi Hiroa College

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  • 5 minutes
  • 125
  • Tutorials
  • $16,340 2019 fees

Named after the University of Otago’s first Māori graduate, Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck), we aim to hold true to the values, respect and mana that comes with this extraordinary individual. Each floor is named after one of the rivers in Urenui, Taranaki, where Te Rangi Hiroa lived – so his life force flows through our building inspiring you to reach your full potential – academically, physically and emotionally.

We are located centrally between campus and the city centre and, as the newest of the residential colleges, we offer large modern rooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms, alongside fantastic facilities including a movie theatre, multipurpose games area, common room, study centre and courtyard balcony. Achieve your goals in our friendly, supportive environment where we’ll help you to achieve balance between work and play.

Fees

$16,340.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $17,080.00

Contact

Rosemary Tarbotton
Te Rangi Hiroa College | 192 Castle Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 4330
Email terangihiroa.college@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Te Rangi Hiroa College website

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Toroa College

College Toroa banner

  • 3 minutes
  • 152
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

You’ve made it home – the place where you can kick off your shoes, rest and revive before you take flight, like the mighty Toroa.

We are best described as a place of belonging – a close knit collegial community where you’ll feel part of the whānau straight away. Featuring modern suite-style apartment living, Toroa College is your peaceful retreat – located just a short walk from campus where you’ll wake to birdsong, share a game of giant Chess or Connect Four with friends on the rooftop terrace, or hang in the multipurpose common room downstairs.

Grow and thrive in your new nesting ground where you’ll be supported to achieve all your goals – academically, socially and physically – while also contributing to your community through our active volunteer programme.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Christina Watson-Mills
Toroa College | 8 Regent Road
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 5500
Email christina.watson-mills@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Toroa College website

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University College

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  • 0 minutes
  • 507
  • Tutorials
  • $15,390 2019 fees

Multicultural, multiethnic and home to more than 500 resident members, University College is your big, bold and vibrant home, where we will help you achieve your academic goals while experiencing all that university life offers. We are the complete package – combining a perfect location (situated right on campus), great facilities (including fitness centre, multiple common rooms, seminar rooms, library and courtyards), a supportive academic environment (a mentor for each student and close engagement with academic faculties) and a high-energy vibe.

We stand for academic endeavour, community engagement and personal development. At University College you’ll thrive, enjoying a wide range of activities – from themed dinners to 48-hour-film clubs, sports comps to cultural challenges or hanging with friends in our fantastic common spaces.

Fees

$15,390.00 (2019 fees) + $740 (Entry and activities Fee) Total: $16,130.00

Contact

Andy Walne
University College | 315 Leith Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 5580
Email andy.walne@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: University College website

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Abbey College: Postgraduate

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  • 5 minutes
  • 75
  • Tutorials
  • varies

Abbey College, New Zealand’s only residential college specifically for postgraduate students, has become a resource and social hub for the wider postgraduate community. A former hotel complex, it is located within a few minutes’ walk of all University facilities, the Dunedin Botanic Garden and the central city. The college comprises 75 rooms, many with ensuite bathrooms. There are also options for couples and students with disabilities.

The complex is spacious, safe and secure, with its operation overseen by an on-site Head of College. The college has its own dining room with full catering to residents. There are large common rooms and a reading room, a pleasant garden (Abbey Common), a spa pool and sauna. Car parking is also available.

Abbey College provides an academic community environment unrivalled in New Zealand.

Contact

Abbey College | 900 Cumberland Street
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 4892
Email chris.addington@otago.ac.nz

Find out more: Abbey College website

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Colleges at a glance

  Aquinas Arana Carrington Caroline Freeman Cumberland Hayward Knox St Margaret's Salmond Selwyn Studholme Te Rangi Hiroa Toroa UniCol
Walk to uni
(in minutes)
15 3 6 5 4 3 12 0 12 0 3 5 3 0
Number of beds 156 404 241 214 327 174 262 224 260 201 184 125 152 504
Tutorials Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music facilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Student activities
(sporting)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Student activities
(cultural)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inter-college activities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fully catered Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special meals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Halal meals Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Gym
(*or close to Unipol)
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Laundry
(included in fees)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking
(*costs apply)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Linen
(Weekly)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bicycle storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disabled facilities No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Recreational facilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summer accommodation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single sex areas Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Undergraduate/
postgraduate
U U/P U U U U U/P U U/P U U U U U
Study rooms Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Accommodation options for students with disabilities

The University of Otago is committed to assisting students with disabilities. The residential colleges provide a range of provisions for students with disabilities.

See the accommodation options for students with disabilities

Information for students on the waitlist

The Residential Colleges are very popular and from the 6 October, the Student Accommodation Centre manages a general waitlist for students that have applied for accommodation and have not received an offer of accommodation.  Please refer to FAQs about the general waitlist.

For further information contact

Student Accommodation Centre
Tel +64 3 479 5100
Fax +64 3 479 8249
Email accommodation@otago.ac.nz

Disclaimer

The University of Otago and its affiliate organisations recognise these fifteen official residential colleges. Any other providers beyond this list are not associated with the University of Otago and, therefore, not University-sanctioned residential colleges.

Prospective students and families are invited to contact the Colleges directly to arrange a tour.

Residential Assistant Applications 2019

Being an RA in one of the University of Otago Residential Colleges means you get the chance to be part of a dynamic community whilst helping college residents navigate their first year at Otago. This role will keep you busy, exhilarated and personally fulfilled throughout the year. So if you possess a driving community spirit, have the well-being of others at heart, and are confident and friendly we would like to hear from you.

  • Colleges accepting RA applications
  • Arana College
  • Caroline Freeman College
  • Carrington College
  • Hayward College
  • Studholme College
  • Toroa College
  • University College

Naturally, you will probably be drawn to and thinking about the College you spent your first year in, but go and have a look around, you might experience something unexpected and think you could be a good fit somewhere you have never even considered.

Residential Assistant applications will be open until the 24 September 2018.

Residential Assistant Documents

College Contacts

Email your application form to the Colleges you wish to apply for:

College Contact
Arana College kirsten.eichstaedt@otago.ac.nz
Caroline Freeman College amber.robertson@otago.ac.nz or andy.walne@otago.ac.nz
Carrington College robyn.madden@otago.ac.nz
Hayward College hayward.college@otago.ac.nz
Studholme College rachael.carson@otago.ac.nz
Toroa College toroa.college@otago.ac.nz
University College chris.jacobs@otago.ac.nz

Alternatively, you can drop your application form into the College Reception for the one(s) you want to apply for.

Please note: if you want to apply for more than one College you will need to submit a application form to each College you want to be considered for.