The Dunedin climate can be very cold during winter, with overnight temperatures often falling to below zero. Many houses in New Zealand are not as well insulated as what you will be used to, and are not centrally heated. It is therefore essential that you bring plenty of warm clothing with you.
To help keep you warm in the University Flats, the living areas (lounge and kitchen) are equipped with a heat pump (air-conditioner) or another form of electric heating. If used correctly, heat pumps are 50% more efficient to run than a normal space heater.
All bedrooms have individual heating - either a portable space heater or a wall-mounted unit. These provide a good amount of heat, but they may struggle to heat some of the larger bedrooms. Many students often choose to purchase an electric blanket as an additional source of heat. Wheat bags and hot water bottles are another good way to keep warm at night.