For all emergencies, call 111. In addition, Campus Watch should also be contacted so they can assist emergency services. For urgent enquiries call 0800 479 5000 or +64 3 479 5000 (24/7 availability).

Campus Watch provides assistance and advice when or wherever it's needed. The five Campus Watch teams work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Their role is pastoral, providing information and assistance on a range of issues, many associated with the transition from residential colleges to flatting. Their duties include staffing the Safety Patrol, providing walks home, and deterring inconsiderate behaviour.

Campus Watch services are available in the area bounded by Duke Street, Harbour Terrace, Queen Street, and Hanover Street. This operational area may be expanded slightly on a case-by-case basis.

Campus Watch

Walk-home service and Safety Patrol:

If you don't feel comfortable walking home alone in the dark, Campus Watch offer a walk-home service 24/7 all year round.

The Safety Patrol car operates from Wednesday through Saturday between 11pm and 3am, throughout the academic year. It is crewed by two Campus Watch staff and there is no charge. It is not a taxi service.

Phone Campus Watch to utilise this service.

Campus Watch Safety Patrol

Blue emergency phones:

The blue emergency phones on the Dunedin campus consist of a two-way intercom-style phone that connects to the Campus Watch Control Room (staffed 24/7) at the push of a button. You can use these at any time of the day or night: just push the red button on the wall-mounted or free-standing tower unit.

These units also have a Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System incorporated into them. This system enables real-time or prerecorded emergency broadcasts to be transmitted from the units. During an emergency situation, a warning siren will sound followed by a voice announcement and instructions.

Semester/holiday break flat security:

You can register your Dunedin flat with Campus Watch if it will be empty over the December/January period, or during the mid-semester breaks, They will regularly check the flat for free.

Contact details:

For other general enquiries phone +64 3 479 4880 (8am–4pm)

The Proctor's Office, Campus Watch, and the Campus Cop are located in the St David Street Lecture Theatre complex. The entrance is directly from St David Street on the north side of the building (opposite the Centre for Innovation).

Proctor's Office
Campus Cop

Campus Watch oversees the administration of keys at the University of Otago. For all key-related queries, email

Campus Watch will contact the University of Otago Emergency and Business Continuity Coordinator in emergency situations. The EBCC would manage the emergency from that point onward in accordance with the Emergency Management Policy and Plan.