Outside the University there are various places which may be useful to students coming to Dunedin for the first time.
Dunedin Public Library
Another place which students may find useful to be familiar with is the Dunedin Public Library. It is a great place to study, as well as providing several floors of fictional and non-fictional works. The library also features the McNab collection, an extensive collection of rare New Zealand works. The Library is situated in Moray Place, but if you are not living in the central Dunedin area, there are also libraries at Port Chalmers and Mosgiel.
For the Dunedin Library:
International students are required to obtain student visas and study permits in order to study in New Zealand. All enquiries concerning applications for these should be directed to the nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. International students are expected to maintain a full academic load to maintain their full-time student visa status.
Information and application forms are also available from http://www.immigration.govt.nz/
Many stores around Dunedin offer an OUSA discount, which is usually around 10% off the purchase price. This discount is available upon presentation of your student ID card. There are signs which indicate where the discount is available, but it may pay to ask anyway.
STA Travel offers great savings for any travel you may wish to do, both domestically and internationally. To qualify for the discounted airfares, you must apply for an ISIC card. Application forms for this may be picked up from the STA Travel Store which is located inside Starbucks on George Street. You must bring along to STA Travel a passport-sized photo, and have both this and the form stamped by the University. The fee for the ISIC card is $25.
STA Travel's address is:
Starbucks Coffee Shop
207a George Street
STA can be contacted at:
The Visitor's Centre
This is located in the Octagon (at number 48) beside the Civic Centre, and it is a good place to go to find out about the local attractions and tours, as a way of exploring Dunedin. Spots such as Larnach's Castle, Olveston and the Albatross Colony are well known and well worth a visit, but there are many more things to see and do, including walking tracks, wildlife sites, and beaches.
The phone number for the Visitor's Centre is: