The best college for you at the University of Otago is the one that suits your individual needs and preferences. Otago has 14 residential colleges on and around the Dunedin campus, each with their own community feeling and unique features. All colleges are:

  • Within a 15–20 minute walk of the University campus
  • Well-heated
  • Secure
  • Fully catered

If you're an international student under the age of 18, you can only apply for Aquinas, Salmond, or Toroa residential colleges. If you are a domestic student or an international student over the age of 18, you can apply to live in any residential college.

The colleges are diverse and have different flavours and styles: traditional, modern, tranquil and academic, busy and social.

See the Colleges at a glance page for a comparison table of what is available at each college:

Future Students—Colleges at a glance

The Official University of Otago residential colleges page gives a summary of each college and shows their suitability for different student types. You can also follow the links to individual college websites to find out more, including a virtual tour that is provided on each college website:

Future Students—Official University of Otago residential colleges

If you would prefer to talk to someone about residential colleges and which one will be the best fit for you, contact the Student Accommodation Centre:

Tel +64 3 479 5100

Further information

Last updated 24/09/2021 01.35 PM

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