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Toroa - it's not just a place, it's a feeling.

Welcome to Toroa, Otago's best kept secret

Toroa College is highly regarded within the University. Providing exceptional support and facilities for your first year of study at the Univeristy of Otago, Toroa is a small friendly residential college that offers you the chance to achieve your academic goals and enjoy broad social, intellectual and cultural experiences.

Our small community offers chances for an outstanding experience and our residents enjoy an excellent academic support programme and many social activities.

At Toroa you'll be suported in your studies, personal development and as well you will be provided with skills that will assist you to achieve at your highest potential during your time at Otago.

Located only a short stroll from campus Toroa truly is Otago's best kept secret.

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Your Success at Toroa

Success is all about confidence, competence and connections - and as a Toroan you'll enjoy opportunities to:

  • achieve your academic goals
  • enjoy the vibrant spirit of a very close knit community
  • develop your independence in a supportive University of Otago residential college
  • make lifelong friendships
  • gain a global perspective on life
  • be supported by a dedicated college staff team who will celebrate your successes and help you navigate your year

Important Information from Student Health

Meningococcal Vaccination
Meningitis/meningococcal septicaemia is a very serious, life threatening disease. In recent months there have been increasing cases of the Group W strain of meningococcal disease in Northland and at the University of Otago last year we had increased cases of the Group B variant. We strongly recommend all students and particularly those living in residential colleges be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Historically, there are at least one or two cases of Meningococcal Disease among students at the University of Otago annually. Vaccination will provide good levels of protection (73-100%).
Please go to the link below for all the information regarding meningococcal disease and vaccines available.
Three injections are required to provide optimal protection against current circulating strains of meningococcal disease: two of the meningitis B vaccine, which need to be at least four weeks apart and one of the meningitis ACYW vaccine. If you are not able to have your vaccinations prior to arriving at the University of Otago, decide which vaccine(s) you will have, book your 15 min nurse appointment at Student Health and pay for your vaccine(s).

Current costs:
Meningitis B vaccine: $110 (each, course of 2 vaccinations)
Meningitis ACYW: $100
Nurse charge: NZ resident $10, International $40

Under 18 International students are welcome at Toroa

Our high level of pastoral care means we are one of the select few Colleges able to house international students who are under 18 years of age when they enter the University of Otago.

                                                            Academic, friendly, fun, supportive.  Toroa College, experience Otago our way