Your rent account needs to be paid two weeks in advance during the term of your contract. This payment can be made either online, as per the options below, or at the University Flats Office by EFTPOS after your arrival. It should be noted that your first payment is expected within 10 working days of your arrival. This payment will need to bring your accommodation account up to date plus two weeks accommodation in advance.
If you prefer to pay all or some of your accommodation account before your arrival this can be made via:
Portal payments - Credit card and NZ accounts
Log onto Te Puna student accommodation portal and make credit card or NZ bank account payments.
Westpac New Zealand Limited
Westpac Moray Place Branch
106 George Street, P O Box 5345
University of Otago Main Account: 03 0175 0660238 00 - SWIFT code: WPACNZ2W
Reference details must include the student's full name and the word Uniflats.
Pay on-line using a credit card
The preferred method of payment for our Kiwi Hosts is setting up a Direct Debit.
Please fill out the * on the form and bring into the Uni Flats office with proof of bank account details or scan to firstname.lastname@example.org- the direct debits come out of your bank account weekly/fortnightly on a Wednesday.
Accommodation payments can be made using the same process as international tuition fee payments or by internet banking or Telegraphic Transfer to the University of Otago bank account above.
It is important that the remitting bank quote the full name of the student so that the incoming accommodation payment can be identified. A copy of the telegraphic transfer provided by the remitting bank should be retained and brought to Dunedin.
Is there a Bond?
No - but see information below relating to deposit.
Is there a Deposit?
Deposit is only applicable to semester one students.
A deposit of NZ$500.00 is required and this must be paid within 10 days after your offer. Failure to make this deposit may result in your original accommodation offer being cancelled and your room re-allocated (see note below). The full value of this deposit will be credited to your rent account.
However, non-payment of the deposit does not release a student from their financial obligation should their room not be reallocated. If you have accepted your formal offer of accommodation you must communicate directly with the Head, University Flats, should you decide that you will in fact not be studying at Otago or no longer wish to take up the accommodation offer.
If your home or sending institution pays your accommodation costs directly to the University Flats you will not be required to pay a deposit.
The following Universities/sending institutions currently pay accommodation costs on behalf of their students:
Academic Programs International (API)
Brethren College Abroad (BCA)
CIS – Centre for International Students
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Performing Arts Abroad (PAA)
Point Loma Nazarene
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Sultanate of Oman
University of Denver
University of Scranton