Otago Polytechnic

Compulsory Student Services Fees (Student Levy)






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Total Compulsory Student Services Fee




The above table represents the compulsory student services levies for each campus. Fees are charged per student (not per EFTS) once the student is enrolled in over 20 credits (0.167 ETFS) on any one enrolment.

These fees were set for the 2012 year and have remained unchanged since.

Otago Polytechnic has consulted with the students on the student services levy. In 2015 this consultation included presenting to and directly engaging with students on the type of services to be delivered, seeking student feedback on these services and how the student services levy would be spent.

The fee charged by Otago Polytechnic goes towards the provision of the following services:

Advocacy and legal advice

Advocacy support is provided to students needing help to resolve problems. Advocacy is undertaken by an impartial person on behalf of students, and they provide legal advice as necessary. All issues are resolved or escalated to a higher level to be heard and resolved.

Career information, advice and guidance

Support is provided to students to assist their transition into employment. Support includes CV workshops, interview practice, one-on-one advice and liaison with Career Guides (third year Bachelor of Social Service students with a Career focus for their degree).

Counselling services

Three counsellors (1.4 FTE) are available for one-on-one appointments to provide students with counselling and pastoral care. Workshops are also held to support students to cope with anxiety and prepare for exams. A Chaplain is also available to provide pastoral care and counselling.

Employment information

This service is undertaken by Careers Guidance, and is developing within the Polytechnic. Links to industry and the workplace are being established. Industry representatives will be brought onto the campus to provide a workplace perspective as part of an interview panel for practice interviews and providing industry focus through information evenings and fairs.

Financial support and advice

Budgeting advice is freely available for students. Hardship situations are assessed and help may be provided with financial assistance and food parcels.

Health services

Otago Polytechnic has a Student Health Centre, with doctors and nurses available for students to access as needed. They provide a variety of services to support students to stay well, receive timely advice and gain medical assistance.


Otago Polytechnic sponsors the online student news and supports online communities for students across the Polytechnic.

Communications channels are also enabled through the Student Subcommittee of Council and the OPSA students’ committee.

Information is provided to the representatives of both these committees to enable student discussion and input and they are also able to bring issues to these forums.

Childcare services   

Childcare facilities are available to parents while studying through Polykids. This facility provides childcare from birth through to five years old.

Clubs and societies   

Otago Polytechnic students can also access clubs and recreation facilities offered through the Otago University Students’ Association. The OUSA Recreation Centre provides amenities including meeting rooms, exercise space and equipment for hire. It organises tournaments, and is the base of student sports, religious and cultural clubs.

Sports and recreation facilities

Unipol provides a wide range of services at the nearby University Plaza. These services are available to all students, on presentation of their Student ID.

Have your say regarding student levies

Every October Otago Polytechnic holds an open and widely publicised meeting of the Otago Polytechnic Student Council at which we present to students the draft budget for the following year for the distribution of compulsory student services fees, and report on what the funds have been used for in the current year. At these meetings we ask for student feedback to determine the priority areas for funding in the following year. All students are welcome to participate in this meeting and share their ideas.

Otago Polytechnic Students' Association also presents student levies information to all class representatives as well as the student elected board to determine how their funds are spent and seeks bi-monthly feedback on services. In addition, from this year onwards students are invited to give feedback on services and budget plans via a notification on the student hub which will be posted in October.

Students can be involved in the decision-making process at any time by contacting Lesley Scoullar and / or Brayden Murray.

Information on student levies is also publically available each year through Otago Polytechnic's annual reports. Past copies of these reports can be downloaded here