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Cumberland College: Your home away from home at Otago

A welcoming, friendly, community of scholars

Cumberland College is a community with heart and soul, a place where people matter. At Cumberland the staff will welcome you and get to know you during your year here, and aim to give you the support you need when you need it. Your academic success is our focus, but we also value your sporting, cultural and social interests. 

You’ll feel it when you walk through the front door - Cumberland is a friendly, vibrant residential college. We have a comprehensive academic support system, complimented by an active and varied social, sporting and cultural programme, so you can get the best out of your first year at Otago. Along with our live-in senior staff and day staff at the College, Our Residential Assistants are here to provide pastoral care and support to residents and run many of the fun events the College offers. Furthermore, our team of 13 Mentors, residents who are in their second year and flatting in Dunedin but who have a passion for Cumberland College are regularly involved in College activities, leading sports teams and cultural activities, helping with volunteering and just being like big brothers and sisters.

The academic focus

Most importantly Cumberland College provides the ideal place to be during your first year of study at the University of Otago.

We value your academic success highly and as such we allocate most bedrooms by course - so you will be living and learning with people doing the same course as you. Out tutors and academic facilitators are highly performing students who are currently pursuing university study at a higher level. We offer academic mentoring through one-to-one sessions with senior members of staff and are our College Fellows are available to get to know you and support you in your academic journey.

What Visitors to the College say about us -

Olivia, Kaiapoi  - "During a recent visit I loved the hospitality and friendliness.  I also think the location is ideal".

Harry, Wellington - "I would like to attend Cumberland College as I visited and felt like it was a place I could call home".

Sanne, Wellington - "Felt most inspired, at home and welcomed on my visit.  Living here would allow me to be my best self".

Maxine, Auckalnd - "Cumberland looks like a bright, fun, focused and supportive enviroment, one that nurtures".

India, Wellington - "When visiting Cumberland, I was welcomed warmly to an atmosphere that felt like family".

Have a look at Cumberland

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