A-Z Guide


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/tenancy-index


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 2021- 30th September 2022.


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 2022 hours - check the website for details.



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/legal-information


Composting food scraps and growing kai with that compost is the focus of  Pōpopo – The Wormporium, our campus compost project. All organic materials collected on campus are composted on site!

Need a compost solution for your flat? Contact compost@op.ac.nz or visit our Pōpopo webpage.


Located in F131/132/133 just past the OPSA Office on the Forth Street Campus  

Request an appointment online 

You are able to book your own Counselling appointments:  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

A free and confidential service available to all enrolled students.

APPOINTMENTS - Weekdays 9.00am to 5.00pm  - we do our best to offer you an appointment within a week of your request

  • Other campuses contact Reception/Administration


11 Bannockburn Rd - PO Box 16 Cromwell   

telephone (03) 445-9900    freephone 0800-765-9276


8.00 am - 5.00 pm  -  student queries;  urgent messages; photocopying


Common room:     

Kitchen facilities (supply own mugs); indoor recreation,  microwaves, fridge, stereo and filtered chilled water (no smoking)

Outdoor facilities:           

Cycle parking and outdoor furniture – ample street car parking available


Campus collection of books and journals for local courses - Internet and database searching, interloans.   Web based catalogue of Cromwell and Dunedin libraries accessible anywhere, requests from The Robertson Library, Dunedin collection delivered to Cromwell within 2 days.  Relevant collections based in Wanaka classroom for duration of courses

Customer Services

Available through the Central Campus at Cromwell.   Students in Wanaka should phone 0800 765 9276 or work directly with their Programme Manager

Pre-School Centre

Molyneux Educare is adjacent to the Molyneux Ave entrance to Campus at Cromwell phone 03 445 0632 Hours  8.00 am - 5.30 pm   (6 months -7 years)

Chaplain Steve Downey (located in Dunedin)  offers a service that is inclusive, non-judgmental and free to all students at the Central Campus

Contact Steve on (03) 972 7124 or chaplain@op.ac.nz

Steve is happy to visit the campus on request

Visual aids:

video tapes / player and distance learning facility (class use available through tutor / office)

Computer suite:      Monday - Friday     8.00am to  9.00pm

                              Saturday & Sunday 8.00am to  5.00pm


Student Health

  • Cromwell:  Cromwell Medical Centre, 182 Waenga Drive, Cromwell  445 1119
  • Wanaka:  Aspiring Medical Centre, 23 Cardrona Valley Road Wanaka 443 1226
  • Queenstown:  Queenstown Medical Centre, 9 Isle Street, Queenstown 441 0500

If you live in Central Otago and your medical centre is not one of the above, please talk to the Central office staff at the start of your course so we can sort something for you.

Student ID and Community Services card required for medical consultations.  Out of hours consultations charges will apply

Student Counselling Services

Counselling is available onsite every Monday 12.30-4.30pm

Email  admin@thriveservices.org.nz  or call 0800 292 988 for appointments

Shop -  Dairy (Achil St) - for snacks, lunches and general provisions

SPORTING FACILITIES: Cromwell boasts a range of excellent amenities, including

  • heated pool / squash courts / golf course / sports clubs / central to five ski fields
    • Check out discounts available at both Cromwell & Wanaka pools
  • SUBSIDISED Concession Tickets available at both Cromwell and Wanaka pools on production of your current ID card – check out the posters for more detail

Central sites need to nominate a student to act as a Programme Rep for each full time course

  • OPSA will keep in monthly contact with them via phone/email
  • Feedback from these Reps, will help administer your campus funds which provide student services, amenities and activities on each campus. 


Atrium – Geoff Mason Building 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;  paymentsinternational 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!


Like us on facebook – this is where all the action is happening



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 in a confidential manner – forms available at OPSA or on line: https://www.opsa.org.nz/support/grants-and-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

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


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
  • 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.


Hautūtanga is OP’s student leadership incubator program. Hautūtanga is an informal program that supports students to make an impact in their communities and grow their leadership and sustainability capabilities. Contact finnb@op.ac.nz for more info


H block ground floor

A relaxing area for lunch with Eden Café, comfy seating and access to Student Success, IT Services, Chaplain, OPSA, Customer Services, Te Punaka Ōwheo 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


Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association Office (OPSA)             477 6974

Otago Polytechnic  - all departments                                            477 3014 or 0800 762 786                                                                                             

Central Campus Office                                                                     03 445 9900

Student Support/Services

Robertson Library                                                                            479 3793

Te Punaka Owheo –                                                                       0272019614



Steve Downey                                                                                  972 7124

Need to Talk ?  call or text                                                             1737 contact to a Counsellor


Student Health & Counselling Centre                                               479 6082

OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre (Albany Street)                                479 5960

UNIPOL Recreation Centre / Gym (Anzac Avenue)                            479 5888

University Print (Cnr Albany & Forth Streets)                                    479 9143

Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA)                               479 5332

Campus Cop                                                                                    479 4883

Student Job Search                                                                           0800 757 562

StudyLink                                                                                         0800 88 99 00


Support Agencies

Dunedin Community Law Centre                                                     474 1922

Family Planning Association                                                            477 5850

Healthline                                                                                        0800 611 116

Urgent Doctors (Dunedin)                                                                479 2900

Problem Gambling                                                                           471 6172

Lifeline Otago                                                                                  474 9111

Citizens Advice Bureau                                                                     471 6166

Rape Crisis                                                                                      474 1592

Anglican Methodist Family Centre                                                    477 0801

Presbyterian Support Services                                                          477 7115




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 9pm - Monday to Friday, one person on duty
1pm to 5pm – 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.

Extended support hours begin at the start of the academic year in February.
Extended support hours close at the end of the academic year at the end of November.

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 copiers.

You can top up your prepaid account at these locations:

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.  Click here : https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/it-support/office-365/

Printing from your own Laptop

You can print directly to the OP Copiers from your own laptop, provided your laptop:

  • Is connected to the EDURoam Wi-Fi network
  • You have the MPrint software installed on your laptop
  • You have money on your Paper Cut account.

When you print using Mprint, you have 48 hours to release your print job from any of the OP Copiers, otherwise the print job is deleted. You won’t be charged until the print job is printed out.

For Windows laptops: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/it-support/print-from-a-windows-laptop/

For Apple laptops: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/it-support/print-from-an-apple-laptop/

Remote access: RDS

RDS is a service that provides remote access to the Otago Polytechnic network. This means you can study offsite, such as from home, or use specific software on your own computer.

How to set up RDS: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/it-support/remote-access-rds/


Enrol at Student Job Search vacancies maybe 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. 


  • 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-1.00pmin 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. 



Location (campus map)

Contact details

Kevin Tansley

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

Student Success Team

The Hub, H Block
Cnr Forth St & Union St East
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic



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.


Leadership in our student community is nourished through formal structures like OPSA, but also through initiatives such as Hautūtanga.

Contact finnb@op.ac.nz for more info


Hub   0800 762 786  studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

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 (135 Union Street, Dunedin - Opposite G block).

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

  • Borrow from the collection (with your current OP ID card) and access a large collection of quality research online with your student username and password.
  • 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 in person with a current Op student ID card or request books through the Library catalogue and get them delivered to the Robertson Library for collection (instructions are on the Library website, under, Place a request on items.)
  • Search the Library for online and ‘on-the-shelf’ resources with the Library catalogue.
  • 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 / outside Dunedin? Even from another OP campus? And even temporarily while on placement? Make use of the Library service for Distance learners, and get library resources delivered free of charge within NZ.
  • Need some help find finding research for assignments? Ask a Subject Librarian. Their contact details are on the Library website and the Library Subject guides.

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:

Phone: 03 479 3793

Email: ask.library@otago.ac.nz  

Website: studentservices.op.ac.nz/library    

LibChat: - link to LibChat from the Library catalogue (8:30am – 5pm, Mon – Fri) https://www.otago.ac.nz/library/m/calendar.php/?library=Robertson

Library tour online: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/library/library-tour/

Library catalogue (Library Search | Ketu): https://otago.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=OTAGO

Subject guides: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/library/subject-guides/

Distance learners: https://studentservices.op.ac.nz/library/distance-learners/


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:  9am – 3pm Mon & Fri and 9am – 4pm Tues, Wed & Thurs

Hours may be reduced over the breaks but will be notified


84 Albany Street (just opposite the Uni Library)  

Phone: 479 5960  ousa.org.nz/clubsandsocs https://www.facebook.com/ousaclubsandsocs/

Playing an intrinsic role in the life of our tertiary community, Clubs and Socs is the heart of campus. More than a place and space Clubs and Socs gives opportunity for diverse groups of people to meet, connect and recreate. 

Our core services are:

2022 Hours of Operation are:

9am – 10pm  7 days a week (through the academic period)

11:30 – 7pm weekdays and closed weekends (reduced hours e.g. summer school, semester and mid semester breaks)


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


Otherwise known as The Wormporium, Pōpopo is OP’s compost facility where you can learn about compost, soils, waste management, and get hands-on experience applying sustainability. Collaborators from any discipline are very welcome! Contact compost@op.ac.nz


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.


Curious - Full of resources, forums, questions and answers. Very interactive and youth-friendly. http://curious.org.nz 

SouthTrans – support for transpeople in Dunedin http://southtransnz.wix.com/southtransnz 

Rainbow Youth - NZ's national queer youth site. http://www.rainbowyouth.org.nz/ 

Agender – National support for transpeople.  http://www.agender.org.nz/ 

Dunedin Pride - Frigays, 18+ Trans & Gender Diverse Social Groups, and Alphabet Soup. https://www.facebook.com/DunedinPride/


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

Check out their flyers for their programmes of activities - 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/digital-library/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.

Hints 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 

Telephone:  479 6082    or  477 3014  or  0800 762 786         

OPEN  8.30am – 5pm Mon - Fri 

Appointments are between 9am – 4.30pm Mon - Fri

Conveniently located on our Dunedin Campus, the Student Health Centre provides the same services offered by your family Medical Centre for students who have paid the Student Health Levy

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

           Most consultations will be free or if they do incur a cost you may be able claim that back through your insurance. You will need to check with Student Health  

  • GP & Nurse Appointments: 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.

Nurse appointments are free but there may be some associated costs so please check with reception in regards to services such as minor surgery, dressings, Immunisations etc 

  • After hours service is available at Dunedin Urgent Doctors until 10pm and then overnight at the Emergency Department at Dunedin Public Hospital. 


    • 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 $5 administration fee is added to the total. 
  • 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) 
  • We are an appointment based clinic so you need to phone first for an appointment time



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
  • 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

CAREERS – careers@op.ac.nz

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


Catherine Strawbridge            Catherine.Strawbridge@op.ac.nz

Laura McLachlan              

Kathy Lockwood                Kathy.lockwood@op.ac.nz

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 impacting your study



The wellbeing advisors can both be contacted under the well-being email  Wellbeing@op.ac.nz


Student Success Accessibility Service (previously ‘Disability’), now consists of two advisors:

Ben MacJeff and Hanna Heims. Both can be contacted under Accessibility@op.ac.nz.

Accessibility currently offers:

  • Creating plans and goal setting
  • Alternative examination arrangements
  • Assistive technology
  • Peer tutors
  • Financial and resource assistance
  • Reader-writers
  • Pastoral care and coping strategies
  • Orientation and liaison

An initial meeting can be booked via our online booking link:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/bookingsstudentsuccess@op.ac.nz/bookings/ and choose Accessibility.

STUDENT ADVISOR International - Sheena Roy Sheena.roy@op.ac.nz

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. 

For specific support available for International Students refer to Student Success    studentsuccessdn@op.ac.nz

For Applications and Enrolments please refer to Customer Services international@op.ac.nz

Emergency 24/7 support – 021 735 421

STUDENT ADVISOR - PASIFIKA  Learners -   Litea Ikahihifo    pasifika@op.ac.nz

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


Our Pasifika Advisors are based at Student Success in the Hub and are here to ensure that our Pasifika learners are successful in their learning journey at OP.


Pasifika students have their own designated space to study, get together and meet with other Pasifika students on campus: G Block, Room G107.

In the Pasifika Room, you will find kai and information about what’s on for Pasifika students both on and off campus. We also meet here every Thursday for shared lunch.

“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

STUDENT ADVISOR – Domestic Learners - 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 within OP

Making plans for future studies


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.

There are always sustainability projects happening that students can get involved with. Ask at OPSA or ask your teachers to find out what opportunities are alive this semester.


located in the HUB

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




University Plaza, 130 Anzac Ave Dunedin 

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


Facebook: Unipol Recreation  Instagram: unipol_recreation

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-10.30pm

Sat                        8am-9pm

Sun                       9am-10.30pm


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.


Waste is a key area of focus for OP’s sustainability goals. You’ll find a lot of waste minimisation initiatives around campus such no takeaway coffee cups at Eden Café. If you have questions about waste systems on campus reach out to Campus Services. Contact compost@op.ac.nz for all organic waste questions


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