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Orientation Week 2023

Orientation is a week of activities to help you settle into university life

Orientation runs the week before the start of the first semester. It’s a great opportunity for you to find your way around campus and ensure that by the time classes start, you’re ready to get going.

Calendar of Orientation Week events

Pre-Orientation Week events

Thursday 16 February to Saturday 18 February

Pacific first-year students' orientation: Growing Pacific scholars 2023

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February

Fofoa accommodation orientation

UNIO 101: University transition and success

UNIO 101 is your introduction to university study. Find out what to expect when studying at university (and how it will be different from secondary school), and how you can develop good study habits to set yourself up for success.

There are UNIO 101 sessions each day from Monday to Thursday during Orientation Week, and you can find the online video modules and other resources at the link below:

UNIO 101 online resources

Monday 20 February

Turaka Hou Pōwhiri, Ōtākou Marae

Monday 20 February 2023 - Te Huka Mātauraka (the Māori Centre), 515 Castle Street North

We warmly welcome you and your whānau to attend the pōwhiri at Ōtākou Marae.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Monday 20 February 2023 - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

What you need to know about university study, including advice and study tips to set you up for academic success.

Ori '23

Monday 20 February 2023

OUSA runs a programme of great music events, outdoor movies, a food festival and fun-filled daytime events.

Campus tours

Monday 20 February 2023 - St David Complex (front entrance)

Get to know the University campus, with a focus on your area of study.

Course advice

Monday 20 February 2023 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub, Information Services Building

Student advisers can help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

eTransition: IT setup drop-in sessions

Monday 20 February 2023 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Get your device set up, and learn how to access and use the University's IT systems.

Meet Locals in your area

Monday 20 February 2023 at 4:00pm - Otago Business School Atrium, 60 Clyde St, Corner of Clyde Street and Union Street East

A social event for students who are flatting, boarding or living at home in their first year.

Tuesday 21 February

Campus tours

Tuesday 21 February 2023 - St David Complex (front entrance)

Get to know the University campus, with a focus on your area of study.

Ori '23

Tuesday 21 February 2023

OUSA runs a programme of great music events, outdoor movies, a food festival and fun-filled daytime events.

Course advice

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub, Information Services Building

Student advisers can help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

eTransition: IT setup drop-in sessions

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Get your device set up, and learn how to access and use the University's IT systems.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 10:00am - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

What you need to know about university study, including advice and study tips to set you up for academic success.

Locals pre-Collegiate Sports Day meet-up

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 11:30am - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

A chance to take your new Locals t-shirt out for a spin, enjoy a Dunner stunner and kick off the intercollege competition for 2023.

University Collegiate Sports Day

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 12:30pm - Logan Park

An afternoon of social sport – complete with chants, flags and collegiate t-shirts.

Wednesday 22 February

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Wednesday 22 February 2023 - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

What you need to know about university study, including advice and study tips to set you up for academic success.

Campus tours

Wednesday 22 February 2023 - St David Complex (front entrance)

Get to know the University campus, with a focus on your area of study.

Ori '23

Wednesday 22 February 2023

OUSA runs a programme of great music events, outdoor movies, a food festival and fun-filled daytime events.

Course advice

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub, Information Services Building

Student advisers can help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

eTransition: IT setup drop-in sessions

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Get your device set up, and learn how to access and use the University's IT systems.

Mature student meet and greet

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 10:00am - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

A social event for first year students aged 20 or over.

Let’s get down to Business party

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 10:00am - Ground floor, Otago Business School

Nau mai, haere mai, and a very warm welcome to all BCom, BEntr, BComSci and BACom students.

The Amazing Trace (Locals)

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 1:00pm - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

Learn how to navigate campus in style. For students who are flatting, boarding or living at home in their first year.

Sciences course advice

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 1:00pm - Smithell’s Gymnasium, 690 Cumberland Street

Expert academic advice for students enrolled in the BSc, BAppSc, BASc, BComSc, Surveying First Year or Engineering Intermediate.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Orientation

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 2:15pm - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

Your introduction to everything about the Bachelor of Arts at Otago.

Locals Pre-Toga Party

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 6:00pm - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

Enjoy the lead up to your Toga Party in style with Locals! We have sheets and expert toga tiers ready to help you.

Toga Party

Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 8:00pm - Union Lawn and Hall

Grab your sheets and head on down.

Thursday 23 February

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Thursday 23 February 2023 - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

What you need to know about university study, including advice and study tips to set you up for academic success.

Ori '23

Thursday 23 February 2023

OUSA runs a programme of great music events, outdoor movies, a food festival and fun-filled daytime events.

Campus tours

Thursday 23 February 2023 - St David Complex (front entrance)

Get to know the University campus, with a focus on your area of study.

Course advice

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub, Information Services Building

Student advisers can help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

eTransition: IT setup drop-in sessions

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Get your device set up, and learn how to access and use the University's IT systems.

Locals welcome repeat

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 10:00am - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

Kai Māori Festival

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 11:00am - The open space next to Te Roopū Māori and Te Huka Mātauraka, 515 Castle St North

Featuring kai stalls, a live band, performances from local kapa haka roopū, spot prizes and competitions, and representation from mana whenua and all the Nga Roopū Māori executives.

Hāngī lunch

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 12:00pm - Te Huka Mātauraka, 515 Castle Street North

A welcome lunch for tauira Māori at Te Huka Mātauraka (the Māori Centre) – your “whānau on campus”.

Sciences course advice

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 1:00pm - Smithell’s Gymnasium, 690 Cumberland Street

Expert academic advice for students enrolled in the BSc, BAppSc, BASc, BComSc, Surveying First Year or Engineering Intermediate.

University of Otago Pacific Welcome

Thursday 23 February 2023 at 5:30pm - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre (welcome) and St David Complex (dinner).

Our annual welcome event for all new and returning Pacific students and their families.

Friday 24 February

Combined degrees overview

Friday 24 February 2023 - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

An introduction to the combined degrees at Otago, for new BACom, BASc and BComSc students.

Ori '23

Friday 24 February 2023

OUSA runs a programme of great music events, outdoor movies, a food festival and fun-filled daytime events.

Preliminary lectures

Friday 24 February 2023 at 8:30am - Various

Short presentations that give you important introductory information about your papers.

Locals HQ open day

Friday 24 February 2023 at 9:00am - Locals HQ Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

Come and hang out with the Locals Team at our HQ in between your prelim lectures.

Course advice

Friday 24 February 2023 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub, Information Services Building

Student advisers can help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) orientation

Friday 24 February 2023 at 11:00am - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

A dedicated orientation session for Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) students, to help you get set for the next three years.

Pride Night

Friday 24 February 2023 at 4:00pm - Otago Museum Reserve Lawn

Join us for a celebration of queerness in Ōtepoti!