Do your research
It is not easy to decide which college to select. Be assured that every college at the University of Otago will provide you with the best support, service and experience for your first year at Otago. Before you make the decision; read the prospectus, read the websites and if you have the opportunity - visit the Colleges to have a tour and talk to the staff. If you know people who have lived there in the past, talk to them about their experience.
To apply for a space in any University of Otago College including Aquinas, you can apply online through the Otago Accommodation Office. To apply for a place at Aquinas and join our community simply choose us as your first choice. We will also consider those who select us as 2nd choice.
When to apply
Applications for full year accommodation at Aquinas College are accepted by the Accommodation Office from August 1st each year and it is a good idea to have this completed by 30 September.
The application process
Once completed, your application is sent to the college you select as your first choice. Each College selects applicants for their college and returns any unsuccessful applications to the accommodation office where it is sent on to the college you selected as your second choice. The process is repeated for the third choice. If your application is not selected by a College through this process it is sent to the general wait list. Once your application is on the general wait list it is considered by any College with spaces available.
Sometimes a college fills with first choice applications so they do not have the opportunity to select second and third choice applications. If your application is not selected initially and you are placed on the general wait list please do not be concerned. Each college receives a higher number of applications than beds available.
Selection of students
The academic ability of each candidate is assessed to ensure each resident is able to cope with tertiary study. The Head of College also reviews activities applicants are involved in and any achievements gained. The confidential reference from your secondary school plays a pivotal role in the selection process. We select people from all backgrounds - we incorporate a good mix of cultures, interests, courses and sports. No limit or goal is set for a number of people studying a particular course. If you have questions about the selection process you can contact us here. Decisions on entry into Aquinas College are made by the Head of College in October.
There are many payment options available. Please contact us if you require more information or wish to discuss these payment methods.