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Campus_Dunedin_City_aerialThe city of Dunedin is located in Eastern Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. With a population of just over 130,000, Dunedin has the facilities, entertainment and variety of larger cities while being small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.

Known as the student city of New Zealand, Dunedin is home to New Zealand's oldest university, the University of Otago. Residents enjoy easy access to the Otago region, famous for its spectacular lakes, snow capped mountains, outdoor pursuits and fruit growing.

What is it like to live in Dunedin?


st_clair_beach_webDunedin has a temperate climate, with warm summer temperatures and cool winters. Frosty mornings can be common in parts of Dunedin, but heavy snow is rare. Annual rainfall for the city is around 75 cm and Dunedin averages about 1,650 sunshine hours each year.

All those sunshine hours get put to good use during the summer time in Dunedin and you will see people jogging, biking and walking regularly. Other outdoor activities are easily accessed from the city, including surfing at some of New Zealand's best surf beaches, walking the spectacular tramping tracks, mountain biking and skiing at the Central Otago ski fields.


Robbie_Burns_statue_octagonThe Dunedin area was first populated by the Ngāi Tahu iwi, and named Ōtepoti in the local Māori dialect. The city of Dunedin was established in 1848 by Scottish immigrants.

The University of Otago has strong bonds with Ngāi Tahu and is committed to further developing Māori culture and language within the University and Dunedin. The University also attracts students from all over the world, creating a melting pot of cultural influence.

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The University of Otago in Dunedin

The University campus is located in the centre of Dunedin within walking distance of major city suburbs.

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