Otago Polytechnic

Study and lifestyle. You can have both!

When you study in Dunedin, you get the best of both worlds. Our Dunedin campus has bright open spaces, modern infrastructure and is just a short walk away from the central city – everything you need for learning and life.

Dunedin is an ideal student city and home to about 30,000 tertiary students. It's vibrant and safe, and a welcoming place to study, live and work.

It might be small, but this city has something for everyone. Innovative, creative and at the forefront of global trends, Dunedin is New Zealand’s incubator for IT, entrepreneurship and fashion.

The Warehouse Precinct is the place to go for cool craft breweries, restaurants, sustainable grocers, bakeries and cafés. Creatives and tech start-ups have their headquarters here, and it's the home of the Dunedin branch of SIGNAL ICT Grad School. Marvel in the beauty and craftsmanship of the Chinese Garden and learn the history of the region at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

Every March, Dunedin hosts iD Dunedin Fashion Week – one of New Zealand’s most exciting fashion festivals. The city's robust arts and culture pedigree is on display year-round, and it's the only centre in New Zealand to be recognised internationally as a UNESCO City of Literature. 

Make the most of the city's great shopping, awesome gigs and eateries. Explore the spectacular scenery, sandy beaches and rare wildlife. 

Study in Dunedin and breathe in the city’s unique and distinctive style. 



The Hub

Forth Street

The Hub is the heart of the Dunedin campus and a great place to relax, eat, hang out and meet people. 

Grab a coffee or a bite to eat from Eden Café, book a meeting room for your study group, or check out the pop-up markets and exhibitions.

Need help or want to talk to someone? Many of our Student Support team are based in the Hub, so you can chat to them or make a time to talk.

Find out about all the Support Services at Otago Polytechnic >

Robertson Library

Union Street East

Shared with the University of Otago, Robertson Library provides:

  • Reference and research services
  • Photocopying and printing
  • Work and study areas
  • Research and journal article databases.

Check out the Robertson Library website >

Unipol Recreation Centre

Anzac Avenue - Forsyth Barr Stadium

With free access when you show your current Otago Polytechnic student ID, Unipol is a state-of-the-art recreation centre. The gym has a fully-equipped weights room, cardio room, swiss ball/stretch area. Fancy a quick game? Unipol has snooker and pool tables, table tennis, and full-size courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton. Take advantage of the personalised exercise programming, recreational gear hire, group fitness classes, social sport competitions, recreational trips and a physiotherapy clinic.


Clubs and Societies

Albany Street

Otago Polytechnic students have access to the Otago University Student Association's Clubs and Societies Centre, where you can join any number of interesting cultural clubs, take a fitness class, learn a language or a new skill, or sign up for a sports team. The venue is great, with heaps of meeting spaces available for you to book. Clubs and Socs is also the base of the famous-in-Dunedin $3 lunch, available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm.


Community facilities


There are excellent sporting facilities right on Otago Polytechnic's doorstep, with Otago Hockey's McMillan Turf, Logan Park sports grounds and the Caledonian athletics grounds right across the road. Travel a few minutes past the Caledonian and you're at the Big Easy – the beginners mountain bike/walking track that winds up Signal Hill, where you'll find intermediate and advanced tracks, and have a panoramic view of Dunedin city, the harbour, the Otago Peninsula, and right out to St Clair and St Kilda beaches.


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Quick facts

Population: 130,000

Average summer temperature: 20°C

Average winter temperature: 11°C

Activities: Shopping, eating out, hiking, golf, surfing and swimming, mountain biking, going to concerts and exhibitions, ecotourism and festivals, national and international sporting events

Closest airport: Dunedin International Airport 


Find out more about this fantastic little city >