Otago Polytechnic

Accommodation in Dunedin

Where you live makes a big difference to your student experience in Dunedin. Fortunately, there are a wide range of great options near the Dunedin Campus.


Te Pā Tauira - Otago Polytechnic Student Village

Purpose-built for students, our new on-campus Student Village is the perfect home for you to enjoy student life in an exciting and supportive community.

Applications for 2021 open: Monday 3 August 2020

Acceptance date for 2020 intake: Offers made from Friday 4 September 2020



Salmond College

Salmond College is an easy 15-minute walk from our Dunedin Campus. It has great facilities for study and recreation and a communal eating area for meals. Free study tutorials are also available.

The accommodation application process for this college is managed by the University of Otago on behalf of Otago Polytechnic. You will need to register as an Otago Polytechnic applicant and will then be able to log in and check your application progress.

  • Applications for 2021 open Saturday 1 August 2020
  • Acceptance date for 2021 intake: Offers made from Monday 5 October 2020

Apply for Salmond College >


Flatting accommodation

Many students love the experience of renting a house together with friends and other students. When flatting, you will share living costs such as electricity, telephone and food.

In Dunedin, unfurnished flats generally cost between $90-$130 per week per room and another $80-$100 in expenses like power, phone and food. Furnished flats typically cost slightly more – about $130-$160 per week, and are less common. Your expenses will most likely be the same as in an unfurnished property.


Studio and apartment accommodation

Studios are often furnished and you will have access to kitchen facilities. It costs around $160-$280 per week and often includes power, heating, local telephone calls and cleaning of the common areas. Higher-priced studios can include ensuite facilities. Self-contained one-bedroom apartments may cost around $200-$350 per week.


Homestay accommodation

Homestay is an accommodation option for international students who would like to experience what it's like to live in a typical New Zealand home. This option can also be utilised by domestic students who are looking to move to Dunedin from around the country and want a family-like environment.

Our homestay host families live in different suburbs and areas of Dunedin. They come from New Zealand and all around the world and want to share their New Zealand lifestyle with students. At their home, you will have your own bedroom with a bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and a desk or quiet study space.

Homestay costs

Independent students $38 per night / $266 per week plus one-off placement fee of $280 (internet not included*, 2-3 days of transport, 3 meals a day)
CAP students $38 per night / $266 per week plus one-off placement fee of $280 (internet not included*, 2-3 days of transport, 3 meals a day)
International College of Technology (ICT) and under 18 students $38 per night / $266 per week plus a one-off placement fee of $280 (internet included, 1 week of transport, 3 meals a day)
Short course students $48 per night / $336 per week plus a one-off placement fee of $200 (internet included, transport included, 3 meals a day)

*Some homestay hosts allow you to use the internet at home for a small fee ($30.00 maximum per month), but you can also access the internet at Otago Polytechnic. 



If you’re keen to be a homestay host, please email homestay@op.ac.nz


Start looking! 

Some great places to start your search include:

Otago Polytechnic Student's Association accommodation page
Student Accommodation 
Trade Me 
Share Accommodation

Visiting the Dunedin Campus?

To find accommodation nearby, visit Te Pā Tauira- Otago Polytechnic Student Village