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Student support

The University of Otago offers a high level of support to students, so that you have every chance of success during your time at Otago.

Academic progress
Māori support services
Pacific Islands Centre
Services for students
Students’ associations
Student Learning Centre 
Students with disabilities
Technology and study space

Academic progress

Faculty of Law staff are happy to see you (at a convenient time) to discuss you work or specific problems – academic or otherwise.

Faculty of Law staff


The University has 15 residential colleges for students – each with its own personality and history. If you prefer private accommodation, living costs in Dunedin are relatively affordable, with a variety of options within walking distance of the University campus. The University’s Accommodation Office can help you with any questions you have about accommodation in Dunedin.

Visit the University of Otago Accommodation Office website

Māori support services

The University of Otago Māori Centre – Te Huka Maturaka works from a kaupapa Māori philosophy. It strives to support Māori students in their pursuit of academic excellence and works to strengthen cultural and social networks available for students. The centre offers tutorials for the LAWS 101 The Legal System paper and all 200-level law papers.

Visit the Māori Centre – Te Huka Matauraka website

Visit the Humanities kaiāwhina māori website

Pacific Islands Centre

The University of Otago’s Pacific Island Centre is there to help students of Pacific descent do well during their time at Otago. It offers advice on all aspects of campus life and organises academic, cultural and social events throughout the year.

Visit the Pacific Islands Centre website

Services for students

The University of Otago provides a range of services specifically for students, including the Student Health facility, counselling services, chaplaincy, careers development and the Unipol Recreation Centre.

University of Otago student services and support 

Otago University Students’ Association – OUSA

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) provides support for students via its Student Support Centre. The centre offers a free and confidential service to help you through any issues. If they can not help you directly, they will point you in the direction of someone who can.

OUSA is also home to Queer Support, where you will find non-judgemental support, information and resources.

Visit the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) website
OUSA Queer Support website

Faculty of Law students’ associations

In addition to the Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS), which promotes the interests of Otago law students, there is also Te Roopu Whai Putake (the Otago University Māori Law Students’ Association) and the Pacific Island Law Students’ Association.

Visit the Society of Otago University of Law Students (SOULS) website. 
Visit the Te Roopu Whai Putake Otago University Maori Law Students Association web page.
Visit the Pacific Island Law Students Association web page.

Other law students’ associations

Nationally, law students are represented by the New Zealand Law Students’ Association (NZLSA). The association is the parent body of the six on-campus law student societies in New Zealand and is responsible for coordinating the societies’ activities. Upon enrolling as a law student, you automatically become a member of the NZLSA.

Internationally, there is the International Law Students’ Association (ILSA). This non-profit association of students and lawyers promotes international law, by providing students with opportunities to study, research and network.

Visit the New Zealand Law Students’ Association
Visit the International Law Students’ Association

Student Learning Centre

The Student Learning Centre is a free service to help you improve your study and learning skills. Workshops are held regularly on a wide range of topics designed to make your study more manageable and enjoyable – and to help you develop skills to take into life beyond university.

Visit the Student Learning Centre website.

Students with disabilities

The advisors at the University’s Disability Information and Support Office are there to discuss any problems you may be having with your studies.

Law students with disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Faculty of Law Administrator to advise of their needs.

Visit the University of Otago Disability Information and Support Office website.
Contact the Faculty of Law administrative staff

Technology and study space

The University and Faculty of Law provide you with a high-tech environment to support your studies. When you arrive on campus, you are assigned email and network accounts, which allow you to access the Otago network on and off campus.

The University of Otago operates a learning management system called Blackboard. Through Blackboard, you can access course information, lecture notes, communicate with your tutor and class members and submit assignments.

Go to the Blackboard log-in page.


If you are being harassed or want to talk to somebody about a possible harassment, the Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS) office (Richardson Building, Room 8C11) maintains a list of contacts, who can provide support and advice. In accordance with the University’s policy on ethical behavior, these people will respond to complaints promptly and with sensitivity, provide support and general advice, and advise what action may be taken. The term "harassment" includes sexual harassment and the abuse or improper assumption of power or authority (academic, supervisory or administrative) by one person over another.

Visit the Society of Otago University of Law Students (SOULS) web page.
University of Otago Ethical Behaviour Policy