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Accommodation in Dunedin

Where you live makes a big difference to your student experience in Dunedin.
Fortunately, there are loads of great options.


Te Pā Tauira

Otago Polytechnic Student Village
(Dunedin only)

This 231-bed furnished residential village is purpose-built for Otago Polytechnic students in a prime location - Its literally on campus. You’ll enjoy a short walk to class and still be just minutes away from the city centre, libraries, gyms and sports grounds.

You’ll also meet lots of new people and become part of a great student community.


Te Pā Tauira provides:

  • a unique residential life programme, recreational facilities and organised events
  • a safe and secure environment with swipe cards and staff on-site 24/7
  • free WiFi
  • inclusive internet and power – so no surprise bills
  • catering packages (see pricing table below)
  • the opportunity to meet a new and diverse group of friends
  • optional study tutorials to help you stay on top of your coursework.

Room type and facilities

Indicative price per week

Dorm Room (Catered)
King single bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; shared dining hall; shared living spaces; shared bathroom

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from $419

Ensuite Room (Catered)
King single bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; en-suite bathroom; 

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 from $433

Studio (Standard)  
Queen bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; private bathroom; kitchenette.

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from $345

Deluxe Studio 
Queen bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; en-suite bathroom; kitchenette.

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from $364

Apartment - 4 bedroom
Private room with king single bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; furnished lounge and dining; equipped kitchen; shared bathroom.

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from $307

Catering option for self catered rooms
10 weeks, dinner only.
One-off options are also available.

$120 per week


Initial fees: A one-off Administration Fee ($150) is payable when accepting your offer at the Village, as well as a Residents’ Association Fee ($300) and a Contingency Fee ($300, refundable on departure subject to you having paid all other amounts under your residential agreement).


Covid-19 vaccination: From 3 December, 2021, anyone entering the Student Village premises will need to provide their valid and up-to-date Vaccine Pass. If you are not fully-vaccinated and do not have a Vaccine Pass, you won't be able to enter or stay at the Student Village. If you have an exemption from the Ministry of Health, please contact us so we can ensure you are supported. 

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Key Dates

1 August 2021 - 2022 Applications Open

18 September 2021 - First Offers Sent

3 December 2021 - Anyone entering the Student Village premises must show a valid and up-to-date Vaccine Pass

14 February 2022 - Move-in Day




"I'd advise anyone moving into the Village to branch out, make new friends, take as many opportunities as possible… and get involved in everything you can!"


- Molly Ellis | Occupational Therapy






Salmond College

(Dunedin only)

Salmond College is an easy 15-minute walk from our Dunedin Campus. It has great facilities for study and recreation, free study tutorials are also available.
Live amongst like-minded people, have your meals provided for you, take part in a variety of social events and make new friends!

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

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Applications must be submitted online via the University of Otago Accommodation Office webpage




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


Private accommodation 

Perhaps you’d prefer to live independently, flatting with others or renting a studio room.

Some great places to start your search are:


Dunedin and Central Otago

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Some great places to start your search include:

Visiting the Dunedin Campus?

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