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There are many accommodation options open to students – make your stay in Dunedin a positive one – see OPSA if you need assistance to sort your budget prior to signing your agreement – check out: https://www.opsa.org.nz/information/accommodation/

Problems? Tenancy issues? Contact OPSA or Dept of Building & Housing Tenancy Services 0800 83 62 62 or http://www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancyindex


Are a great way to get around. No carbon footprint or parking hassles. Check out the community bike workshops/sources of second-hand bikes “Crooked Spoke” and the “Valley Community Workspace” on Facebook – borrow a “Poly-bike” free of charge from Sargood, Art School reception and Customer Services in the HUB


OPSA recognises those individuals who have achieved sporting excellence at local, national and often international levels. Qualifying period is from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019


Immediate confidential assistance with your personal budget and access to emergency funding if applicable – just call into OPSA to discuss your needs – OPSA is a satellite service of Financial Capability Charitable Trust (Dunedin Budget Advisory Service)


Email: chaplain@op.ac.nz
Phone: 03 479 3743
H106 or Student Success in the Hub

Kia ora! Campus Chaplains are here at OP as people who can walk alongside you on life’s journey. Wherever you are on that journey, highs or lows, we consider it a privilege to be part of that.

We are here to listen and walk with you through whatever issues are important to you, regardless of whether you consider yourself spiritual, religious, or neither.

Our services include:

  • Someone to listen
  • Support for those grieving
  • Practical life advice
  • Adjusting to student life
  • how do I fit in?
  • Spiritual and religious guidance
  • Prayer and blessings


Cell: 0211905950
Proctor’s Office - Security Centre - St
David Street, Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 4883
Email campus.cop@otago.ac.nz


tele (03) 474 1922

Open by appointment. To make an appointment please ring (03) 4741922 and leave a message or email: reception@dclc.org.nz

FOR hours - check the Community Law website out to see the opening times of the free legal advice clinic

Offer free legal advice and information - help with traffic, employment, tenancy, police, consumer/debt, criminal, ACC, neighbours, govt depts and family matters

Central Otago - Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown and Wanaka, 1st Tues and Wed of the month. (Check local papers for details)

South Otago - Balclutha and Milton 3rd Thurs of the month. (Check local papers for details.)

We operate an 0800 number for the Otago province – 0800 169 333. For people calling from out of town, we have a telephone roster to give advice between 2.30 and 4.30 each afternoon.

For general legal information: https://communitylaw.org.nz/legalinformation


Kia ora, this is a free and confidential service available to all enrolled students.

On the Dunedin campus we are located upstairs in S block on the corner of Harbour Terrace and Union Street.

Counsellors are: Anne Tacon, Morag Cunningham & Rhona Shaw

APPOINTMENTS – Weekdays 9am – 5pm – we do our best to offer you an appointment within a week of your request.

You can also request an book your own appointment online https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/home/student-success/

Remember to confirm “Book” at the end of the online information or please email studentsuccessdn@op.ac.nz

Also – check out the great self care resources on The Wellbeing Toolbox https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/wellbeing-toolbox/


Atrium – F Block
03 474 7293 or 0800 762 786

Customer Services is your first point of contact - we can assist with application or enrolment enquiries, or we can connect you with all areas of the Otago Polytechnic as required.

We offer help with: Studylink; payments; international admissions; graduation; lost property & visitor parking


Visit the OPSA Office with your Polytechnic student ID to obtain 65 litre bags ($3.20 each) or $16 for a 5 pack.


OPSA organises student discounts in the Otago area. Most require you to show your ID card https://www.opsa.org.nz/ information/discounts/

Grab your free Radio One discount card at OPSA.


Dogs must be in a controlled environment and kept under appropriate control at all times. Any dog that is not under control, causes a health and safety related concern or has an instance of unsatisfactory animal behaviour will no longer be allowed on an Otego Polytechnic site.

Dogs are only permitted in shared environments provided all staff and students in the workspace have consented. Dogs must not be allowed in shared spaces where food is prepared or eaten.


Our Café in the HUB – with Fair Trade tea & coffee in reusable cups !


Due to disruption and distraction, cell phones and other electronic devices must be completely turned off while in class, on course-related activities and in changing areas ie. texting, pixting or photographing from a cellular telephone, PDA or camera is not permitted.

Exceptions to this rule may occur only with the express permission of the lecturer and this must be obtained prior to commencement of a class or activity.

Assessments, such as tests and examinations: these devices MUST be turned off and stored in bags at the front of the room.


Organising a programme or college event ? OPSA can help with your budget and organisation, and if necessary, handle your ticket sales and pay your accounts!


Organising a programme or college event ? OPSA can help with your budget and organisation, and if necessary, handle your ticket sales and pay your accounts!


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Otago Polytechnic is a fair trade campus that means every time you purchase a tea, coffee or hot chocolate from Eden Café, you are supporting people in developing nations with fair wages, wage security and support with education and sustainable farming.


Student Hardship
OPSA operates a Student Assistant Fund which can assist students that may find themselves in unforeseen financial difficulty. Each case is individually assessed by a Committee “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life, don’t ever waste it” “The true wealth is found in the radiant joy of being - not in the figures of your bank account” in a confidential manner – forms available at OPSA or on line: https://www.opsa.org.nz/support/grantsand-hardship/

Emergency Funding
If you find yourself without food or in need of assistance to help you through a “rough patch” - you are welcome to chat to OPSA staff about how best we can help you out in the short term (strictly confidential service – no appointment necessary)


Located in the HUB near the FREE bins – please feel free to either donate or help yourself if you need food


Located in the HUB – feel free to take anything of use to you – we welcome all donations of unwanted goods (no rubbish or dud electrical goods thanks) or clothing.


Every year OPSA invites you to nominate a graduating student for an award who has been an inspiration to study with etc. Forms available at OPSA or fill out on line:



Exhibition or study, recreation or social, travel and promotional grants OPSA has a contestable fund that any programme, class or group may apply for a request form will need to be filled out and signed by current programme representative


Development Grants

Grants may be made at the discretion of the OPSA Advisory Board for any student or group who may require some financial help with a special “one-off ” project or event (signed by the current Programme Rep)


You have the right to study in a harassment free environment. If you have a concern or complaint, names of trained harassment contact people are displayed throughout the Polytechnic or if you wish, you can contact any lecturer, Head of programme or college, Hall Supervisor or Residential Assistant, HR Advisor or OPSA

Harassment may be sexual in nature or based on that person’s gender, race, colour, age, disability, physical appearance, marital or family status, religion, political opinion or sexual orientation - Harassment can be:

  • verbal behaviour – saying things to or about a person, or talking within the hearing of others about subjects that may be offensive “If something is worth saying, but no-one will listen, you sing it” - written or visual behaviour
  • writing, drawing, taking or displaying pictures (includes use of computer, PDA, other electronic devices, text pixt)
  • physical behaviour – inappropriate touching, gestures or standing too close
  • behaviour that is hurtful, unwelcome or offensive to the person receiving it


H block ground floor – a relaxing area with leisure and study spaces, computers, printer and ATM. You can visit the Eden Café, have comfy seating and access to Student Success, Learner Services, OPSA, Customer Services and more….. check it out


ID Cards which are processed at the OPSA Office.

  • Dunedin students - bring photo ID if you are a new student
  • Distance students - email your details (including ID number, name & return address) and attach a photo in jpg. format (plain background, no sunnies or hats) to idcards@op.ac.nz

This card will be your access to:

  • Robertson Library (ID bar code will need to be activated at the Library)
  • UNIPOL gym and recreation facilities (University Plaza)
  • OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre (Albany Street) - OP Student Health & Counselling
  • Discounts throughout the country - H1 and approved door access to buildings
  • Some courses may not charge a Student Services fee, but an alternative “access” card is available for library and computer services



Kia Ora - Greetings and welcome to you all – please refer to information provided by your International Advisory Team on campus


H Block room H107 – visitors most welcome or call 0800 POLY IT (0800 765 948) email servicedesk@op.ac.nz to contact our IT Service Desk Staff.

8am to 5pm - Monday to Friday, fully staffed
5pm to 8pm - Monday to Friday, one person on duty
2pm to 6pm – Sundays, one person on duty

Closed Public Holidays

We can provide support and advice for most IT difficulties you may encounter on Windows or Apple computers, including the computers you might be using from home.

Distance Students: Remember we are here to help should you need it.

Printing and Copying Process

paper cut is used to manage all network printing Every print job that you submit is analysed and charged according to - number of pages, size, colour, duplex.

Learners can log onto the photocopiers using their OP Student Credentials, and access copying, and scanning services. All copying and printing is charged from your Paper Cut account.

Scanning documents to be sent to your Student Email account and is FREE to use from these same selected MFDs.

You can top up your prepaid account, and make further enquires about printing and photocopying at any of the following locations:

  • IT Service Desk – situated in Room H107, (for Cash only and you don’t have an EFTPOS card as an alternative)
  • All are now located just inside the entrance to the Robertson Library
  • close to the Otago Polytechnic MFD/ copier (Self Service Kiosk EFTPOS only)
  • Open Area, H Block Level 1 (Self Service Kiosk EFTPOS only)

Wireless Access

Otago Polytechnic has provided wireless connectivity for students to use their own network connected devices, such as laptops, smart phones, and tablet computers.

For information regarding the Otago Polytechnic Eduroam Wi-Fi network, check out: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/it-support/eduroam-wi-fi-network/

Student E-mail and Free Microsoft Office for Students

To access the Windows Office 365 service, check out “My email” at https://www.op.ac.nz/hub/ Direct Link to Office 365: http://mail.student.op.ac.nz

You can download a full version of Microsoft Office from your Office 365 account, which will be licensed for as long as you are a student at Otago Polytechnic. Both Windows and Apple versions are available.

Just log into Office365 with your student name and password (same as you use for Moodle) and click on Round Icon (with your Initials) on the top right, then select “My account”. In the next window the “My account” tab shows “Install status” – click “Install Office” to start the download and install. Once installed, you will need to open Word, then “File”, then “Account” and log into Office 365 to license your copy of Office 365. Install, and all the best with your studies!


Enrol at Student Job Search vacancies may be posted on facebook as we receive them.

Student Job Search is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping students find work while studying.

Thanks to OPSA, Student Job Search is 100% free for you to use. SJS will connect tertiary students looking for work with employers who are looking for talent. We can help you find work during the semester or over the summer holidays and advertise a range of different jobs to suit your study schedule and experience.

New to SJS? Register online now to start your job hunt!

www.sjs.co.nz 0800 757 562


Otago Polytechnic has Justices of the Peace (JPs) on campus who can assist with witnessing signatures, certifying documents and recording declarations or affidavits. JPs are “people of good sense, character and integrity” in the community appointed by the Governor General to work in an unpaid capacity to assist the public.

All JPs are available by appointment only.

Kevin Tansley
Justice of the Peace
Principal Lecturer
College of Engineering, Construction
and Living Sciences
L Block
Anzac Avenue
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic

Dr Karole Hogarth-Caulfield
Principal Lecturer
School of Nursing
H210, H Block
Cnr Forth St & Union St East
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic
03 470 3902

Steve Downey
Justice of the Peace
Student Success Team
The Hub, H Block
Cnr Forth St & Union St East
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic


Otago Polytechnic’s JPs are first and foremost committed to their paid roles at Otago Polytechnic. Sometimes this may mean that their work commitments need to take priority.

It is your responsibility to have your documents organised prior to your JP appointment.

This means you need to bring original documents and photocopies that you would like verified. Please do not pre-sign any documents before your visit.

When you make your appointment please indicate the type of JP service you are seeking e.g. “affirmation” or “certification of documents”. This enables the JP to prepare for your appointment appropriately and provide you with the best possible service.

If you are unable to make an appointment with one of Otago Polytechnic’s JP’s you may wish to attend a ‘no booking required’ JP Clinic available on Wednesdays from 9.00am-1.00pm in the University Information Services Building (near the Central Library) and Saturdays mornings from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Citizens Advice Bureau, Rodgers House, Ground Floor, 155 Princes St, Dunedin


Children on campus - please be considerate - the presence of children in the classroom may affect the teaching and learning environment for others so it is important to obtain permission from lecturers in the exceptional circumstance of needing to bring your child to class.


We offer individual face-to-face and online appointments, group tutorials and email support to develop the following:

  • being an effective learner (study skills, interpreting instructions and marking schedules)
  • research strategies
  • academic writing, including clarity of expression, paraphrasing and referencing
  • oral presentations
  • basic numeracy

Appointments can be made by phone/email or online: studentservices.op.ac.nz


Support your learning at Otago Polytechnic by using the resources, facilities and services at the Robertson Library:

  • Borrow course textbooks (with your current OP ID card) and access a large collection of quality research online
  • Use the student computers, printing, copying and scanning facilities. OP Wi-fi also available.
  • Study on your own, book a group room (online) or make use of the kitchenette facilities in the common room area.
  • Friendly, helpful Library staff are available in the Library or contact them online.
  • Borrow from the University of Otago’s Library physical collections (excludes online databases, journals and books). Visit these libraries “A student walks into the Library and asks for a book on ‘finding bigfoot’ – the librarian directs them to the large print section” in person with a current OP ID card or request books through the Library catalogue (instructions are on the Library website).
  • Need some help find finding research for assignments? Contact a Subject Librarian (contact details are on the relevant Subject guides on the Library website).
  • Studying at a distance / living outside Dunedin? Utilise the Library service for Distance learners

More information about using the Library’s collections, services and facilities is available from the Robertson Library website or pop in to the Library and ask us.

Contact details and links:


Forage for vegetables, fruit and herbs - look out for the ‘pick me now’ signs or ask the friendly horticulture staff for assistance.

Living Campus Tours and Workshops

Contact us:


All lost property from campus is eventually returned to OPSA – we operate a lost property register, so if you find any item, please hand in at the OPSA Office or check to see if we have your missing item. Lost property from the Robertson Library will be sent to OUSA office at the University – you can phone them to check on any items 03 479 5332


On the ground floor is the Ako Espresso, Manaaki fully licensed Training Restaurant, Student Health, Student Village food hall, water cooler & toilets.

OP Food Design Institute & Functions manage all the catering, café and restaurant services. – bookings for catering and venue hire should be directed to functions@op.ac.nz


Maori students are supported by the friendly team at Te Punaka Ōwheo. For more information go to T


Located around campus for your convenience – please keep clean and tidy and report any faults to OPSA


Located on the ground floor of most blocks – feel free to place your own notices, but to avoid removal, PLEASE date and place on appropriate board – check out the TV screens for current events.


Located in the Hub
tele: 03 477 6974

This is the centre for all student activities and provision of services - staff are there to assist you with any requirements you may have.

OPEN: 8.30 am – 3.30pm Tues/Wed/ Thrs, and open 9am – 3pm Mon & Fri

Hours may be reduced over the breaks but will be notified.


Find Clubs and Socs on 84 Albany Street right by main campus. It’s a hub for student activity, meetings and study, and general social get-togethers!

Join a club, a society, or find a recreation programme that suits. Hungry? Grab a delicious daily $4 lunch offered, five days a week.

Everyone is welcome. #comeplayousa

OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre
84 Albany Street Dunedin
Open 9am to 10:30pm weekdays, 10am to 8:30pm weekends (reduced hours through breaks and summer)


Come find the perfect club or society to complete your uni experience. Hang with likeminded people, create lasing friendships, try something new or indulge a budding interest. There are a great selection of clubs and societies across:

  • Cultural
  • Religious
  • Politics
  • General interest
  • Sports
  • Academic

With 150 groups there is something for everyone, so find your fit and #comeplayousa


Offering anything from sport to the arts. From a new language to personal development. From living sustainably to everything you love about food. With over 100 activities each semester you are spoilt for choice.

Rooms for hire Study, meeting, exercise and dance spaces Free* for Otago University and Polytechnic students

Keen to view? Take the virtual tour and book: ousa.org.nz/clubsandsocs


$4 Lunch, frozen meals, kitchenette facilities, cooking classes and shared meals. For more information, and daily menus head to ousa.org.nz/ clubsandsocs


84 degrees of goodness $5 for Otago University and Polytechnic students

For more info or to book head to ousa.org.nz/clubsandsocs


Showers, Pianos, lockers (for daily use), guitars

Free for Otago University and Polytechnic students

For more info or to book head to ousa.org.nz/clubsandsocs


Limited street parking is available all around campus – BUT CHECK to ensure you are parking in the right spot ! Please do not park in any staff (numbered) parks or student village parks as you may be towed !

Parking is available at the Stadium, so please register on your student HUB to activate parking in that area.


Pasifika students have their own designated space to study, get together and meet with other Pasifika students on campus “Our Space G Block Room G107”


POHO is a common space dedicated to Māori students. There is always kai in the cupboard and information about what’s on in the Māori community both on and off campus.

Come for a hot lunch on a Wednesday and any other time to study or have a break. Open from 7.30 to 5pm Mon to Fri, Māori students can also access Poho out of hours with student ID. Contact tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz


It is FREE to pick up keys/lock and helmets from Customer Services or from reception at Sargood or Art School


Full-time courses from each school will be asked to nominate at least two (2) students to represent you during the year who will be the ‘voice’ of the students.

Programme Reps can also be nominated as a College Rep who will be members of the OPSA Advisory board. Most importantly all Reps will be able to assist students, develop OPSA as a professional student focused and run organization and have input into the development of the Polytechnic and it’s student services


“Queer Support is a part of the OUSA Student Support Centre, 5 Ethel Benjamin Place

Email: q.support@ousa.org.nz
Text: 022 571 3530
Call 0800 12 10 23
website: http://www.ousa.org.nz/support/queer-support/

OUSA Queer Support Coordinator - provides information and support for Queer and Questioning students from Polytechnic and University.

OUSA Queer Support also runs a peer support programme, a group for international LGBTQIA+ students and events throughout the year.

UniQ Otago is a OUSA officiated club for queer and queer-friendly students. They run a weekly coffee group and other social events. Search for UniQ Otago on Facebook or email: OtagoUniQ@gmail.com.



OPSA provides services and facilities at UNIPOL Recreation Centre and OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre.

FREE entry with your ID card


At OP we separate compostable, recyclable and rubbish for landfill PLEASE reduce the packaging waste you bring to OP or chose glass packing over plastic.

It is really important for us all to recycle correctly – ie. Devoid of residual food to be clean – too much contaminated or incorrect material can compromise the quality, not to mention difficulties for the sorting team. Glass bottles and jars are all recycled.

If eating in the HUB, ensure left over food in place in the organic bin to assist with our composting for the Living Campus.


Check out the OPSA website and if you can offer or need a ride to campus, let us know – just follow the link https://www.opsa.org.nz/information/ride-share/


When information about any scholarships is received, it will be posted on Facebook or check with your College who may have specific ones you can apply for depending on your Programme. Enquire at Te Punaka Ōwheo or with Pasifika Liaison for any available Māori or Pasifika scholarships.

For information about scholarships available at Otago Polytechnic check out: https://www.op.ac.nz/students/scholarships/

givME is an extensive online database providing information about available scholarships, awards and grants based on criteria, level of study and discipline along with closing dates, application requirements and contact details.

It is available at the Dunedin Public Library, or if you have a Dunedin Public Library Card, you can access this on-line at http://www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/digitallibrary/funding


There are CCTV cameras on site around campus, but you are advised to keep your valuables with you at all times – OPSA can look after items for you during office hours if necessary Students enrolled in particular courses may be granted after hours or specialised access – please see your school administrator to activate your ID card for this purpose.

Important for after hours:

  • Ensure you have your cell phone with you
  • Tell your family or flatmates which building you are going to and expected time of return
  • Ensure that doors to the building are properly closed behind you when you leave
  • Use well lit entrances and walkways after dark and avoid walking home alone


Smoking (including electronic devices) is prohibited in ALL areas of Otago Polytechnic and includes: all buildings, including balconies, outdoor areas on site and the Childcare Centre Other spaces

We encourage smokers to be considerate of others in open spaces not controlled by the Polytechnic, such as public footpaths, and also encourage smokers to consider the effects on the environment when disposing of cigarette butts and to be aware that there is a risk of fire if cigarettes/butts are placed in rubbish bins. Storm water drains and gutters lead directly to waterways and cigarette butts may harm these.


Student Health supports smokers who wish to stop or phone: Quitline 0800 778 778, a free service which includes after hours support (there is a nominal fee for nicotine patches if desired).


Manaaki – ground floor – Harbour Tce phone: 479 6082 or 477 3014 or 0800 762 786 OPEN 8.30am – 5pm weekdays


International Students, please check with your International Advisors and or Student Health staff regarding costs and insurance cover prior to making an appointment.

Depending on who your insurance provider is, a consultation will either be free or cost $15 which you can claim back through insurance

  • 15min appointments available 9am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri.
  • Free medical consultations for ACC or Community Service card holders (card must be presented), otherwise $15 per visit.
  • Please check with reception in regards to costs as some services such as minor surgery, dressings, immunisations etc. may be extra.
  • After hours service is available at Dunedin Urgent Doctors until 10pm and then overnight at the Emergency Department at Dunedin Public Hospital.


  • free by appointment
  • treatment of accidents and injuries
  • ACC providers
  • sexual health, contraception advice and pregnancy testing
  • cervical screening and vaccinations
  • assessment and advice of minor illness
  • wound care and dressing, wart clinic and smoking cessation

To get the most out of your studies, you need to be healthy, both physically and emotionally so please apply for your Community Services card early to avoid unnecessary costs. Student Health is a non-profit organisation so prompt payment of accounts helps keep the service going. We are happy to send out accounts but request that these are paid within 14 days. If not, a $3 administration “Healthy sleep not only makes your life longer, but also shortens the workday” fee is added to the total. If you need longer please talk to Reception.

Please contact us directly if you change address or phone number or are unable to attend your appointment (otherwise a charge will be added onto your account)

It is not our policy to do prescriptions or give out test results over the phone. You need to make an appointment for these.



This is the place where you can securely access all student related information including results, important dates, student support. Please update your details if you change your contact details (address, phone number, personal email address) while studying at OP. You can do this from the “My Details” section.

If you have a comment, complaint or suggestion, this is one avenue to voice your opinion


Big Green Desk in the Hub,
0800 762 786


Life on campus can be exciting and challenging, so our Student Success Team are here to support and help you through any issues that might arise.

Come and seek help for any issues impacting on your opportunities to study or to engage fully in your learning.

Our Services include:

  • Academic support
  • Peer Tutors
  • Access to counselling
  • International and domestic support
  • Pasifika support and scholarships
  • Advocacy
  • Career guidance
  • Homestay
  • Pastoral care
  • Adjustment to student life
  • Balancing workload and family commitments
  • Isolation and relocation issues
  • Removing barriers for students with disabilities
  • Health concerns and referrals
  • Referral to community and government agencies
  • Student Visa Renewals for International students
  • Wellbeing

To make an appointment with any of our Student Support Services, go to: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/bookingsstudentsuccess@op.ac.nz/bookings/


We can assist you with:

  • Individual career guidance and planning
  • Drop in career support and information
  • Employability workshops
  • Individual Career Consultation
  • book in advance through Student Success
  • Help with CV’s, cover letters, job searching, & job interview skills

Check out our Career information at: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/career-counseling/


Kerry Rushton

Trici Grothe-Robertson

Kathy Lockwood

We look forward to meeting any student who identifies with a disability to ensure you are supported in your studies.

  • Advocacy, liaison, equipment and furniture
  • Campus orientation and classroom support
  • Alternative assessment and exam arrangements
  • Peer tutors for one on one academic assistance
  • Wellbeing or emotional support
  • liaising with lecturers and outside agencies
  • goal setting
  • anything else that you feel is STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM Big Green Desk in the Hub, 0800 762 786 studentsuccessdn@op.ac.nz impacting your study

Check out our wellbeing toolbox



Sheena Roy

Services we provide include:

  • Orientation and student activities
  • Pre graduation celebrations
  • Assistance with Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Student Visa Renewals
  • Advocacy

We are also available to help with any concerns you have regarding your studies, personal issues, adapting to life in New Zealand. We have the patience, empathy and understanding to communicate with people for whom English is not their first language. Please come and speak with us and let us help and support you.

Emergency 24/7 support – 021 735 421


Christine Aitken & Mark Jory

Homestay – your home away from home - available for all students You will have the security of living with a good family while studying. All families have been visited to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. All International students under the age of 18 must live in home stay accommodation.

Otago Polytechnic is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students


Celia Hepburn

My goal is to help ensure that you have the best possible chance to succeed at tertiary study

For any issues or concerns you have that may be impacting your ability to attend class or complete work, you are welcome to contact the Student Success Advisor to help identify a way forward.

Text, phone, email or come on in to the big green desk at Student Success in the HUB for a chat.

STUDENT ADVISOR for refugee background students - Mariam Abdul – Dayyem

Coming to a new country, learning a new language and trying to integrate into a new culture are big challenges for anyone, let alone for former refugees. My main goal is to assist refugee background students to understand, navigate and adapt to the different systems in order to achieve the best educational results possible.

At the same time, I see my role as a “bridge” for the staff at OP, so that the interplay between the students and staff would become more understandable, enjoyable and prosperous.

The advisor can assist with several areas including:

  • Advocacy, advice and liaison with different services in OP
  • Help with issues and/or structural systems outside OP to ease the study process
  • Accompanying and navigating students through the different services
  • Making plans for future studies within OP


Litea Ikahihifo

Talofa lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Malo ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri, Fakatalofa atu and Warm Pacific greetings

“What a great choice you have made in choosing to study at Otago Polytechnic”.

Choosing pathways for studies can be difficult, but you have now taken another step to better your future. There are great resources available to help support you and your learning and Pasifika students have their own designated space to study, get together and meet with other Pasifika students on campus “Our Space G Block Room G107”

I can organise academic or peer tutoring as well as a range of other supports and services to help you with your individual needs

  • You will be contacted by the Student Advisor Pasifika via a letter, e-mail, phone call or text welcoming you to Otago Polytechnic.
  • Regular events are held during the year and all Pasifika students are encouraged to attend.
  • There are scholarships for prospective and enrolled students including health related courses


Is a core value at Otago Polytechnic - we help to achieve our goals of minimising our environmental footprint and encouraging staff and students to embrace sustainable practices.


Our Māori student success team work to ensure Māori students have the academic, cultural and social support they need.

This includes access to a range of services, resources and facilities for example:

  • Poho – a dedicated space for Māori Tauira/whanau events and whanaukataka
  • Kai – always kai at Poho plus a cooked lunch every Wednesday at noon – a great way to meet other students
  • Tuakana-Teina (mentoring) programme

Academic support and advocacy Computers and printers Financial advice and mentoring Grants and scholarship assistance Studylink support General advice, support, guidance and referral

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University Plaza, 130 Anzac Ave Dunedin

Ph: 03-479-5888
email: recreation@otago.ac.nz

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The team at Unipol provide recreational opportunities to ensure you optimise your wellbeing while studying. There really is something for everyone from group fitness, cardio, weights and functional training zones, social sport, table tennis, pool, foosball, drop-in court spaces as well as the comprehensive Outdoor Rental Centre where you can hire anything from surfboards to skis. Best of all entry into Unipol is free with your 2021 OP ID card!

Mon - Fri: 6am-10pm
Sat: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Sun: 9:00am – 11:00pm


The Otago Polytechnic’s vision is “Our people make a better world”


All students will have the opportunity to volunteer throughout their studies – we ask each programme to organise a volunteer event to suit your timetable, skills and passion – join the Polysquad of valued volunteers and make a difference in your community


Students will be given several opportunities throughout the year to vote for OPSA positions such as President, Advisory Board members and Programme and College Representatives.


These are located in most blocks around campus – drinking fountain and bottle filling available


Your student webmail address will be printed on your ID Card – please make sure you activate this prior to registering your card at the Robertson Library – we advise you to check your mail regularly to avoid missing out on important campus information.


We can help you exchange your unwanted goods, textbooks or personal items – use the FREE bins in the HUB


Pick up your free planner + welcome pack from OPSA. Public & Primary school holidays are listed, but we urge you to check with your OP progamme timetable about term breaks and holidays as some courses may differ.


Zero tolerance of bullying, harassment, illegal drugs or smoking on campus