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University of Otago

Student support

Our top-quality education and facilities are matched by our range of student support services, dedicated to helping you  get the very best out of your time at Otago.

Ask Otago

Ask Otago is your one-stop-shop for all questions about studying at Otago. You can find answers instantly with our searchable knowledgebase, or call, email or chat with us. If you’re on our Dunedin campus, you can also find us at our hub in the Information Services Building.

Campus Watch

The Campus Watch teams are out and about 24/7, offering assistance and advice around campus and North Dunedin whenever it is required.


The University chaplaincy team is available to offer pastoral care and spiritual support to anyone who wants to talk in confidence, whatever their beliefs.


The Otago University Childcare Association (OUCA) provides excellent early childhood education in high-standard, purpose-built facilities. The OUCA operates four childcare centres, including a bilingual centre, for children from birth to five years.

Computer services

Otago provides a range of IT services to students: 24-hour wireless study spaces with printers and computers, student webmail and online Office 365, and a student desktop that’s accessible anywhere. Our friendly Student IT support team provide help, advice and training. Student IT offer free, short training sessions, while ITS Training provides subsidised longer courses on all the software you’ll require for your courses.

Disability Information and Support Office

Disability Information and Support Office provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to international students with disabilities, impairments, medical conditions or injuries that may impact on their study. It is important that you check in advance to ensure that the University is able to meet your specific requirements.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School oversees graduate research study at the University  of Otago. A dedicated team of administrators and advisers provide policy advice for doctoral and research masters’ degrees, and manage university scholarships and prizes. otago.ac.nz/graduate-research


The University of Otago Libraries offer an outstanding range of information services, quality resources, wi-fi and warm comfortable facilities suitable for individual or group learning. Whether you are studying on or off campus, enjoy access to a wide variety of print, electronic and audiovisual resources. Make the most of readily available expert assistance with sourcing and evaluating library 

Recreation at Otago

Unipol Recreation Services and the OUSA Clubs and Societies team provide a comprehensive programme to ensure students maintain a healthy, balanced and fun lifestyle while studying at Otago. With many recreational opportunities on and off campus there really is something for everyone! Unipol is a fantastic facility that includes weight training and cardio rooms, and team sports areas where students and their friends can participate in casual sports such as basketball, table tennis and more. Entry is free with a current student ID card. There are over 150 sporting, cultural, political and religious clubs and societies and they are all 100 per cent studentled. The OUSA recreation programme offers activities including arts and craft, dance, health and exercise, music and singing, languages, food and beverage, and everything and anything in between.

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