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No other college has the range of facilities that Arana has to offer. Our unique range of buildings, from historic to contemporary, from mansion to cottage, from formal room to common room shows our diversity extends not just from the way we do things, but also to our facilities.

However Arana is not just about buildings and facilities, it's the people inside them that matter most!

Buildings and rooms

Rooms are generally equipped with bed, study desk, work chair, easy chair, built-in wardrobe and study lamp. All bedrooms are cleaned weekly.

Our residents usually personalise their bedrooms with posters and decorations.

Residents roomTurner-Bedroom

Arana Houses

We have several houses at Arana for undergraduate residents. Any successful applicant may be placed in an Arana house

Dunlop HouseA Frame389 Leith Street


Our multi-story buildings are Colombo and Bates Wings, Leithview, Turner and Rawiri, which are all centrally heated. Houses are electrically heated and a number of houses have heat pumps.

All Arana College buildings are installed with either central heating or electric oil column heaters to keep you warm when necessary. However, energy conservation should be considered at all times.

Winter in Dunedin is cold, so consider using a hot water bottle and wearing 'thermal' underclothes.


Bed sheets, pillowcases and mattress protectors are provided, and our laundry service allows you to exchange your used sheets and pillowcases for clean ones on a weekly basis.

Car parking

There is no car parking available at Arana College. The University of Otago leases car parks to students through the Property Services Division, if you want a park please contact Property Services on 64 3 479 8014.

Please note that each year there are more students wanting parks than that there are car parks available. They are allocated on a first in first served basis, so make contact early!


Shared laundry facilities are available in all residential buildings at no extra cost to residents.Arana Laundry

Communal lounges and kitchenettes

Most floors/houses have their own communal lounge/kitchenette area which residents are encouraged to use.

Guest Room

Arana has a gracious guest room with en suite in the heart of the 1888 home of Sir James Allen… the defining central point of modern Arana College.

The guest room has Wireless and is used by academic staff as well as families and friends of Arana.

Rates available upon application.

Guests generally dine with the residents and staff at Arana, in our Main dining room… or self cater.

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