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About Dunedin


Dunedin is a student city

University of Otago New Zealand campusesOur 21,000 students make up around 16 per cent of Dunedin’s population, creating an energy and atmosphere you’ll only find at Otago.

Our campus is located in the heart of town, close to all of Dunedin’s cafés, music venues, designer boutiques, stores, museums and galleries.

Most of our first-year students live in one of our 15 residential colleges, which offer support and guidance, and are great places to make new friends and share new experiences.

A first-class education requires world-class facilities and Otago is known for its state-of-the-art lecture theatres, research labs and libraries.

For those who like to play for fun, we have more than 150 student clubs and societies to choose from.

And if you’re serious about sport, then Otago is the best place to be – with fantastic facilities and New Zealand’s only covered stadium, Forsyth Barr Stadium, right on our doorstep.

Dunedin is a small city between the mountains, the harbour and the sea – that means there’s heaps to do and it’s easy to get to.

Ride the best waves in the world, take on mighty mountain biking tracks, paddle-board, kayak or sail on the harbour, or head to Central Otago for a weekend on New Zealand’s top ski fields.

You won’t regret choosing the all-round experience Otago can offer.

21,000 students

15 residential colleges

16% of Dunedin’s population


Watch a flyover of the Dunedin campus

City and campus layout

Aerial map of University of Otago residential colleges