Student Insurance

Domestic students

Otago Polytechnic can now offer our domestic students access to a tailored insurance program through insurancesafeNZ.

Studentsafe Domestic is a travel insurance policy designed for New Zealand residents or citizens living and studying away from home within New Zealand. Our aim is to minimise stress related to living away from home with a policy tailored to our students’ needs.

Studentsafe Domestic Insurance offers:

  • Student contents – includes fridges, stereos, rented goods in your place of residence such as computers, laptops, tablets, watches, jewellery, musical instruments, phones, bikes etc.
  • Personal liability – includes damage to flats, halls or residence and home stay property.
  • 14 day travel cover - comprehensive travel insurance for up to 14 days for an overseas holiday in the Pacific Region.
  • Money – as a result of burglary.
  • Temporary accommodation – if your place of residence becomes uninhabitable following a claim under the policy.
  • Special student benefits:
    • If you are hospitalised and/or it’s medically necessary to return home, the airfare for one parent to accompany you, plus incidental hospital expenses.
    • Travel costs home if one of your near relatives becomes seriously ill or dies, plus your return to study.
    • Loss of deposits and cancellation costs covers other costs such as educational fees, accommodation or other deposits paid that you need to cancel if a close relative becomes seriously ill or dies.
    • Accidental death, total disablement cover, plus funeral expenses.

For further information about the policy details and to get a quote, please visit the InsurancesafeNZwebsite.

Otago Polytechnic makes a small financial gain from the premiums sold.  All of this money goes directly to Education Foundation – a programme that provides financial support for Otago Polytechnic students and staff to continue their development through study and global experience.


International students

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. International admissions will arrange insurance for you with our preferred provider Uni-Care and the cost will be included with your Offer of Place.

Students can choose their own insurance company but the policy must complies with the minimum standards required by the Education Code of Practice 2016. International admissions will need to see and approve a copy of your insurance plan in English.