Otago Polytechnic

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.

New! Otago Polytechnic Student Village 

Our brand new, on-campus Student Village will be open to students for the first time in 2018! 

The 231-bed furnished residential village offers fully-catered single rooms, and self-catered studios and four-bedroom apartments. With its prime location, you will enjoy a short walk to campus whilst still only being minutes from the city centre, giving you the freedom to explore Dunedin's vibrant student culture. 

The Village has been constructed with the environment firmly in mind. Sustainable materials have been used throughout, such as the timber used for the unique structural frame. 

Purpose-built for students, it's the perfect home to enjoy student life to the full! 

Registrations of interest open: 15 May, 2017 

The Otago Polytechnic Student Village is managed by global student accommodation specialist Campus Living Villages who operate in prominent locations around the world. 

For more information, a virtual tour or to register your interest/apply, please visit their website.

  • Exciting and supportive community
  • Contemporary and modern living 
  • Unique residential life programme 
  • In-house resident advisors 
  • Chance to make new friends. 
Features and amenities
  • Common rooms; pool tables; sports grounds 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Laundry 
  • Secure bike storage 
  • Edible gardens 
  • Double-glazed windows and high level insulation 
  • Close to UniPol gym and Forsyth Barr Stadium 
  • Two minutes' walk from Robertson Library. 

Contracts for all room types are for 41 weeks. 

Room type  Rooms include: Indicative price per week
Catered single room King single bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; shared dining hall; shared living spaces; shared bathroom $375
Self-catered studio Queen bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; en-suite bathroom; kitchenette $315-$335 
Self-catered, four-bedroom apartment Private room with King single bed; desk, drawers, chair and wardrobe; furnished lounge and dining; equipped kitchen; shared bathroom  $285

Additional 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).

Halls of Residence

The perfect introduction to your study experience. Live in warm, modern facilities, have your meals cooked for you, take part in a variety of social events and make new friends! 

City College is located in North Dunedin, in the heart of the student area. You will live in apartment-style accommodation with flatmates and dine in a communal eating area. City College has excellent recreation and study facilities.

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 these colleges 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. You must submit an application for accommodation for City or Salmond College through the University of Otago's website by September 30.

Apply for City College
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

Some students choose to live in homestay for their first year at the Polytechnic, where you will live with a family in their home. You will have your own bedroom with a single bed, desk and wardrobe. Homestays cost $231 (all meals included), plus a one-off placement fee off $250.00.

Some homestay hosts allow you to use the internet at home for a small fee, but you can also access the internet at Otago Polytechnic.

Start looking! 

Some great places to start your search include:

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

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