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Official University of Otago residential colleges 

A perfect place to find like-minded people and discover life-long friendships, our residential colleges combine the right living and learning environments for you to thrive

Take a look inside our Residential Colleges

College Aquinas

Aquinas College

  • 15 mins
  • 158
  • $17,480

College Arana

Arana College

  • 3 mins
  • 404
  • $17,480

College City College

Caroline Freeman College

  • 6 mins
  • 300
  • $17,480

College Carrington

Carrington College

  • 6 mins
  • 241
  • $17,480

College Cumberland

Cumberland College

  • 4 mins
  • 327
  • $17,480

College Hayward

Hayward College

  • 3 mins
  • 174
  • $17,480

College Knox

Knox College

  • 15 mins
  • 262
  • $18,390

College St Margarets

St Margaret's College

  • 0 mins
  • 224
  • From $17,472.40

College Salmond

Salmond College

  • 12 mins
  • 260
  • $17,480

College Selwyn

Selwyn College

  • 0 mins
  • 201
  • $18,553

College Studholme

Studholme College

  • 3 mins
  • 184
  • $17,480

College Te Rangi Hiroa

Te Rangi Hiroa College

  • 5 mins
  • 125
  • $19,000

College Toroa

Toroa College

  • 3 mins
  • 152
  • $17,480

College UniCol

University College

  • 0 mins
  • 501
  • $17,480

Colleges at a glance

  Aquinas Arana Carrington Caroline Freeman Cumberland Hayward Knox St Margaret's Salmond Selwyn Studholme Te Rangi Hiroa Toroa UniCol
Minutes walk (*free shuttle) 15* 3 6 6 4 3 15* 0 12* 0 3 5 3 0
Number of beds 158 404 241 300 327 174 262 224 260 201 184 125 152 501
Tutorials Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music facilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Member activities
(sporting)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Member activities
(cultural)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inter-college activities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fully catered Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special meals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Halal meals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gym
(*or close to Unipol)
Yes Yes Yes Yes No     * Yes Yes No     * Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Laundry
(included in fees)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking
(*costs apply)
Yes     * No No Yes     * Yes     * Yes     * Yes No Yes Yes     * No Yes     * Yes     * Yes     *
Linen
(Weekly)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bicycle storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disabled facilities No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Recreational facilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summer accommodation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single sex areas Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Undergraduate/
postgraduate
U U/P U U U U U/P U U/P U U U U U
Study rooms Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Accommodation options for students with disabilities

The University of Otago is committed to assisting students with disabilities. The residential colleges provide a range of provisions for students with disabilities.

See the accommodation options for students with disabilities

Information for students on the waitlist

The Residential Colleges are very popular and from the 6 October, the Student Accommodation Centre manages a general waitlist for students that have applied for accommodation and have not received an offer of accommodation.  Please refer to FAQs about the general waitlist.

For further information contact

Student Accommodation Centre
Tel 0800 80 80 98

Email accommodation@otago.ac.nz

Disclaimer

The University of Otago and its affiliate organisations recognise these fifteen official residential colleges. Any other providers beyond this list are not associated with the University of Otago and, therefore, not University-sanctioned residential colleges.

Prospective students and families are invited to contact the Colleges directly to arrange a tour.