The University of Otago offers a range of accommodation options for international students:
The University has 15 residential colleges located within a short distance of the campus. These are designed for first year students transitioning into life at University. Residential College communities offer a supportive and collegial living experience.
If you are under the age of 18 when you start your studies at the University of Otago, you must apply to live in Toroa College, Salmond College, Aquinas College, with a designated caregiver approved by the International Office, or in homestay accommodation.
This is in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners.
University Flats (Uni Flats)
Uni Flats offers a shared flatting situation where a local host student lives with several international students. If you are a Study Abroad or Exchange student, we recommend Uni Flats to avoid getting locked into a long contract. However, you should check with your Study Abroad provider first. A small number of Uni Flats are available for postgraduate students with partners and/or families, and for unaccompanied postgraduate students wishing to live in a self–catered flat with other postgraduate students.
Private rented accommodation
If you are an international student over 18, you can choose your own private accommodation. Many international and domestic students in their second year and beyond live in private housing and have a positive experience, but you will need to consider costs and agreements carefully.
If you want to live in private accommodation, make sure you inspect it thoroughly and obtain advice from Otago University Students Association (OUSA) before signing a lease. Ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and your obligations, as these may vary greatly from your home country. It is recommended that you arrange accommodation prior to arrival in New Zealand.