Get answers to the questions that everyone has!
Is there an expected time to be home in the College at night?
No, residents have the freedom to come and go. We do ask anyone planning to be away overnight to register their time away on the Te Puna student Accommodation Portal in case we need to contact them in an emergency.
What does Alcohol-Free floor or house mean?
This option is where there is to be no alcohol use or presence in these living spaces. Residents are able to drink elsewhere (eg, at bars in town) but must return to their rooms in a quiet manner. Residents living in these designated areas generally request to be there.
Are there car parks and bike storage areas available for resident use?
We have limited car-parking and most of our students park their cars on the street. We have plenty of room for your bikes in our 2 bike sheds.
Who can help me with financial questions around accommodation fees?
Contact the Administrator on +64 3 479 5504.
What happens when residents are sick?
We have robust support systems in place to care for students not feeling well. It is important that residents communicate with their Sub-Warden or office staff if they are not feeling well.
Is there temporary off-street parking?
Yes we have two visitor parks just inside the front entrance to the College, off Clyde Street.
Can residents swap rooms?
No. If you are unhappy with your room, please see the Warden of College.
Will I be safe and secure?
The College takes security very seriously. We ask all our residents to help us keep each other safe and secure by being vigilant regarding strangers in the College. All the buildings are locked to outsiders in the evenings. Sub-Wardens are on duty each night with a senior staff member living on site, on call as backup. Security guards are employed from 10pm each night to keep an eye on things while we are all sleeping. We also have security camera surveillance throughout our common areas.
How will I find out about lectures?
Once you have completed the course approval process at the beginning of the year we can help you find where your lectures are held.
Will I be allowed to have visitors?
Yes! Your visitors become your responsibility and if they become a disturbance within our community we reserve the right to ask them to leave immediately. This applies to visitors wanting to stay overnight as well. There are some times of the year where overnight guests are not permitted to stay.
What is the food like?
Studholme food is prepared on site and fresh each day. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner there are toast-making facilities and hot drinks available all day.
We are happy to look after our residents who have special dietary requirements. Our Executive Chef is happy to discuss this with you in greater detail if you have any questions.
How far is Studholme from the University and other facilities?
Studholme College is about 5 minutes from the following:
- University Lecture Theatre
- University Library
- Student Health
- Caledonian athletic track
- Squash courts
- Tennis courts
- Hockey turf
- Forsyth Barr Stadium
When do I send my application?
It is advisable to submit your application before the end of September each year. Start the process of applying by selecting your course and then enrolling through eVision. You will be able to apply for accommodation as part of this process. Apply online at otago.ac.nz/future-students/
What should I bring with me?
All bedrooms are fully set up with everything you need to get started:
- Dressing table
- Study lamp
- Study chair
- Single inner-sprung mattress and base
- Mattress protector
- Duvet cover
- Sheets and pillowcase
- Extra blanket
- Carpeted floors
We do not provide pillows, towels, bath mats or coat hangers.
How much will it cost?
Our fees are set annually by the University and are the same across all of the University-owned Colleges. Please see the
for the current year's fees and payment options.
Will I have to share my room?
No. Because you are living in a community for 38 weeks it is important for you to have your own space.
43 of our rooms are in the houses and the rest are in the main building.