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Arana has a balanced and varied social life. At Arana, there is always something to do, such as going out to one of the nearby cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas or other entertainment.

As well as the informal fun that permeates College life, Arana also organises an exciting array of official formal functions, cultural activities plus a comprehensive orientation programme.

Social programme

In recent years, the social programme has included:

  • Oscars Night
  • Capping parade
  • BBQ dinners
  • Pool competitions
  • Formal and theme meals
  • Floor dinners
  • Debating
  • Ice skating
  • Karaoke events
  • Quiz nights
  • Post grad evenings
  • Academic dinners
  • Special guest speakers at meals
  • Movie marathons
  • Art week
  • St Patrick's day function

Events with other Colleges

Carrington College

Arana enjoys an annual debate and sporting day out with Carrington College.

Studholme College

We join with our neighbours at Studholme for an “A and S” function and a Battle of the Bands.

University College

Friendly rivalry against Unicol as both Colleges compete for the Clyde Cup.

Autumn Gala


Arana's Annual Autumn Gala Ball is well known in Dunedin as being a magnificent affair. This function is an extravaganza of entertainment, pageantry and sophistication.

Common rooms

We have a large main common room with a big screen TV, Sky Digital, surround sound system, table tennis tables, foosball and a pool table. The main common room also has an adjoining deck accesses via large bi-fold doors, perfect to enjoy the Dunedin sunshine!

Movie room

There is a state of the art movie room featuring a high definition projector, full surround sound system, a DVD library with 300 DVDs, a PS4 and Xbox. It is a great place to hang out with mates or run a floor movie marathon!

House/floor common rooms

Each house or floor has its own lounge or common room with fridge, television and kitchenette.

Other facilities

In the ground floor of Rawiri building there is a small gym with a variety of equipment.

We also have 4 designated tutorial rooms where our students can study.

There is a music room that has a variety of instruments and our formal room also has a baby grand piano.

Dress up box


The Warden has an impressive "dress up" collection, which is available to residents and staff.

It seems that Arana residents very much enjoy dressing up; so themed dinners are a great opportunity to express yourself!

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