university of otago accommodation

Accommodation options at Otago

There are various accommodation options available to you while studying at Otago, including:

  • residential colleges (mainly for first-year students)
  • University-managed houses/flats (preferred option for single semester international students)
  • private housing/flats
  • short-term and temporary accommodation

See the Student Accommodation website or contact the dedicated University accommodation team to find out more.

Residential college applications

Applications for accommodation in residential colleges can be submitted online. This is a separate process to enrolling for your course in eVision. You only need to complete one application when applying for accommodation, indicating your three preferences.

Apply for accommodation

If you are intending to come for the second semester, please apply after 1 April 2020.

Applications for full year and first semester accommodation for 2021 will open 1 August 2020.

Important dates for residential colleges

1 AugustApplications open for full year and first semester accommodation
30 SeptemberApplications for accommodation must be processed by the Student Accommodation Centre for first round of offers
1-8 OctoberResidential colleges consider applications
8 OctoberApplicants will be advised if they have an offer of accommodation or are on the general waiting list
21 OctoberAcceptances need to have been received by the residential colleges

Applications continue to be accepted after 1 October, but will not be considered for the first round of offers.

Further information

Future students – Where can I live?

Changing residential college preferences

You must make your request for any change to your preferences in writing by emailing the Student Accommodation Centre at before 20 September.

Further information