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Our community

Living in a University flat provides an opportunity to learn about the New Zealand way of life in a range of housing options from one to six bedroom flats. The majority of flats are mixed gender (i.e. co-ed) with students from across the globe.  All of our flats are furnished.

Students have their own bedroom but share kitchen, living, bathroom and laundry facilities.

Each flat is an independent unit, managed by the students themselves, so quite autonomous.  However, University Flats management provide an excellent maintenance service and pastoral care throughout its community.

Most of our undergraduate flats also have a New Zealand student living there too, called Kiwi Hosts. They are familiar with life at the University of Otago as a student, and can help overseas students settle in.

More than just a flat

With University Flats, you get more than just accommodation, you get to be a part of our collegiate community. Our community is enhanced through a variety of events and functions ran by the Uni Flats team. These include quiz nights, volunteering activities, day trips, College Sports Day, museum and marae (Māori meeting house) visits, and a series of dinners and functions for students living in the flats.

Residents can participate in the Inter-College Sporting, Gaming, and Cultural Competitions. This means students can be involved in social sport teams (e.g. volleyball, basketball, soccer), cultural performance evening, and other events ran by the Inter-College team.

There is also great support available to all students with Uni Flats staff able to provide assistance for any issues or concerns student may have.


University Flats is committed to supporting sustainability. We work closely with Toitū te Taiao|Sustainability Office and have been central to sustainability planning across our whole division. We are proud of the growth and impact of He Kāika Toitū, He Kāika Ora: The Sustainability Neighbourhood, which has won an Australasian Green Gown Award for student engagement in sustainability. Every year we renew our commitment to the University's Green Your Scene Programme.

Each semester we run our Drop for Good initiative, where residents can donate unwanted items to go to the sustainability office’s thrift shop, Te Oraka. Our drop and swap station in the office is available for giving and taking food alongside a supply of free organic period products. We use sustainable practices where possible with our furniture replacement and repairs also.

Things you can do to support our sustainability efforts:

  • Turn off all lights/heaters when they are not needed to conserve energy.
  • Correctly recycle using the yellow and blue recycle bins provided.
  • Consider your buying habits – try sourcing upcycled items form Te Oraka, the sustainability office’s thrift shop.
  • Consider your water use, e.g. have a shorter shower or wash the dishes all at once.
  • Hang your washing on your washing line outside (when weather permits), rather than using the dryer.
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