More than 85 per cent of our first-year students come from outside Dunedin, so we place great emphasis on providing high-quality accommodation and support through our residential colleges.
Most students go flatting in their second year, although some opt for a flat in their first year. If you choose to live in a flat, you’ll find that living costs in Dunedin are generally lower than in bigger cities.
The table below provides an estimate of living costs in NZ$ and is based on 2017 charging. The costs assume a single student on campus for a period of forty weeks (one academic year). Actual accommodation costs will be supplied once you have been accepted for study at Otago.
|Residential College||Shared Flat|
|Average rent (52 weeks @ $140)||-||$7,440|
|Food (40 weeks @ $70)||-||$2,860|
|Gas/electricity, internet (52 weeks)||-||$1,225|
|Total for accommodation||$14,060||$11,525|
|Personal costs (40 weeks @ $60)||$2,450||$2,450|
|Entertainment (40 weeks @ $40)||$1,635||$1,635|
- Residential college contracts are normally for 38 weeks. Some colleges may charge a higher fee than the fee listed in the table.
- In addition to the accommodation fee, the residential colleges charge a small amenity fee.
- Food costs reflect the purchase of some lunches and takeaways. If all cooking is done in the flat they could be reduced.
- Personal costs vary considerably depending on lifestyle. The estimate represents a restrained style of living.
- This estimated budget does not include travel costs or any significant personal expenditure items.