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Rooms and facilities

Your room

A personalised bedroom at Caroline Freeman College
A typical room at Caroline Freeman College.

Typical bedroom at Caroline Freeman College
Your room will be ready for you to personalise when you arrive.

Caroline Freeman College comprises 37 apartments, mostly with 6 bedrooms and a few with 4 or 5 bedrooms.

Our apartments and bedrooms are safe, warm and comfortable. Each apartment also has a kitchen / lounge area where residents socialise, relax and may prepare snack meals.

You have the option to state a preference for mixed, single-sex or alcohol-free apartments.

Your bedroom will be kept at a constant warm temperature.

You'll probably want to personalise your room. So within common sense limits, we encourage and support room personalisation efforts.

We do ask that you observe fire and life safety standards for the safety of yourself and other residents and guests.

Furnishings in your room

  • Single divan bed
  • Study desk
  • Ergonomic chair
  • Ample storage space
  • Heater
  • Wardrobe
  • Bed linen (you may bring your own if preferred)
  • Large notice board
  • Linen

In your kitchenette

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Electric jug
  • Iron and ironing board

A typical apartment lounge at Caroline Freeman College
A typical apartment lounge.

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What you should bring

Compulsory items

  • Clothing suitable for all weather
  • Semi-formal clothing for special occasions
  • Formal clothing for the College Ball in May
  • Coat hangers
  • Small first aid kit
  • Coffee mug, plate and cutlery for personal use in your apartment
  • Any personal medication
  • Toiletries

Optional items

  • Printed photos and other small items to personalise your room
  • Your own bed linen (College linen is supplied)
  • Small drying rack
  • Laundry basket
  • Laptop and headphones
  • Hairdryer
  • Umbrella

The safety and security of our residents is taken seriously. Access to the college, apartments and rooms is controlled. Our staff are on duty and available 24/7. All apartments and bedrooms are fitted with smoke alarms. For fire safety reasons, additional kitchen appliances, heaters or electric blankets are not permitted. For the same reason, candles, incense, burners or any other item that has or requires a naked flame cannot to be used within your apartment or bedroom.

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Bike storage and car parks

There are a limited number of car parks available at NZ$304.00 per semester (2018).

The local mountain bike tracks are popular and a good way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are a number of lockable bike sheds in addition to open bike sheds. Please bring a lock for your bike.

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Communal lounges

Caroline Freeman College cafe and dining room
The cafe and dining room.

The pool table at Caroline Freeman College
The cafe has a full-sized pool table.

Caroline Freeman College residents enjoying a game in the Attic.
The Attic space is set up for gaming, television and movies.

In addition to the ground floor lounge, our recently renovated 'Attic' has comfy sofas that are excellent to sprawl out on… but you'll have to sit up if there's a big game on! We have Sky TV, a DVD collection, gaming consoles and regular movie nights (popcorn included).

A pool table, foosball, table tennis and board games are also available.

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Electronic security

You'll be given a key which opens the College's main gates after they lock at 7:00pm. Your key also gives you 24/7 access to the College's public resident areas and your apartment.

You're able to come and go freely, while at the same time the College grounds and all residents are kept safe.

Security cameras operate 24/7 for the safety of the College, staff and residents.

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Exercise room

Enjoy a regular workout in our exercise room.

Our gym includes:

  • Boxing bag
  • Cross trainer
  • Exercise bike
  • Medicine balls
  • Resistance bands
  • Rowing machine
  • Swiss balls
  • Treadmills

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Food services

The Dining Room at Caroline Freeman College
The Caroline Freeman College dining room is centrally located and provides a healthy, interesting and varied menu prepared on site by our kitchen staff.

For breakfast, there's a choice of cereals, breads, fruit and at least one hot dish every day. For lunch and dinner, there's a choice of mains with a vegetarian option always available. Fruit, vegetables, self-serve salads, desserts and a variety of drinks help to make meal times enjoyable and social occasions.

Sunday brunch is a firm favourite with our residents. In winter, home-made soups are also available. We know the importance of food to young people, so toast, spreads and drinks are available 24/7 at the Toast-Time bench in the dining hall.

Formal meals, themed dinners and other treats also make a break from routine dining.

Vegetarian and special dietary requirements

If you have a special dietary requirement such as a religious or cultural food preference, allergies, intolerances or similar, you must contact us to discuss your needs before accepting a place at the College. The kitchen team are experienced in catering for special dietary requirements and will make every reasonable effort to manage a special diet, including vegan diets. However, it may not be possible to cater for all needs.

Meal times

Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday

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IT facilities

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the College. The University attempts to maintain a high level of service, however occasional disruptions to service may occur. Although Wi-Fi access is available in all bedrooms, please note that connectivity cannot be guaranteed.

In the library, we have a small number of desktop computers linked to the University Network, and a Uniprintstation printer for your use.  Print credit top-ups can be made online.

University of Otago Internet Usage Policy

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The laundry facilities are free to use – just provide your own laundry powder. An iron and ironing board are available in each apartment.

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The College Library is well-stocked with a selection of books and magazines both academic and general interest, as well as a large DVD collection. The library issue system works on trust with the expectation that residents will return borrowed items.

The Library is also a popular study area. It is available for use by Caroline Freeman College residents only.

Student studying in the Caroline Freeman College Library
The Library.

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Each apartment has a telephone for making free internal or local calls. It has its own number so your friends can call you.

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Room cleaning

Apartment lounges and bathrooms are cleaned three times per week. Your room is your responsibility.

A vacuum cleaner is provided.

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