This city revolves around YOU
The student capital of New Zealand, and one of the country’s best centres of learning. Dunedin is home to about 25,000 students – approximately 20% of the city’s population - creating an energetic student culture you can only get in Dunedin.
Dunedin's a vibrant student city that blends the best of both worlds - it's an urban, artistic, and innovative hub - and a safe, welcoming place to study.
The city is big enough to cater for all tastes, and small enough to make you feel cozy and at home.
Dunedin is New Zealand's incubator for IT, entrepreneurship, and fashion. The cities warehouse precinct is attracting creatives, engineers, IT start ups and small businesses, so it makes sense to study here.
Our Forth street campus is located right in the heart of the city centre; your go to for craft breweries, restaurants, sustainable grocers, bakeries and cafés.
Along with plenty of great shopping, awesome gigs, theatres, art galleries and museums.
Plus, while you're here, check out a range of international cultural experiences, festivals, major sporting, and music events.
And, if you want to escape city living, you're surrounded by spectacular scenery, sandy beaches, mountains, and trails. Head out surfing, mountain biking or hiking one day then visit some of the world’s rarest wildlife around Dunedin's peninsular the next.
The future is yours to build, it begins here.
The Forth Street Campus
Our Dunedin campus is at the heart of everything we do.|
We have bright open spaces, modern facilities, even our own café and restaurant.
Located on Forth street, you’ll find study rooms, training facilities, classrooms, and student support services.
Art barns, student run food trucks, game design studios and edible living gardens, it's all on campus.
Our Forth street campus is also home to our automotive garages, engineering, and trade hubs.
There’s also free wi-fi and computer labs across campus there for you to make the most out of your study experience.
The Hub is the heart of the Dunedin campus and a great place to relax, eat, hang out and meet people.
Grab a coffee or a bite to eat from Eden Café, book a meeting room for your study group, or check out the pop-up markets and exhibitions.
Need help or want to talk to someone? Many of our Student Support team are based in the Hub, so you can chat to them or make a time to talk.
Union Street East
Shared with the University of Otago, Robertson Library provides:
- Reference and research services
- Photocopying and printing
- Work and study areas
- Research and journal article databases.
Unipol Recreation Centre
Anzac Avenue - Forsyth Barr Stadium
With free access when you show your current Otago Polytechnic student ID, Unipol is a state-of-the-art recreation centre. The gym has a fully-equipped weights room, cardio room, swiss ball/stretch area. Fancy a quick game? Unipol has snooker and pool tables, table tennis, and full-size courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton. Take advantage of the personalised exercise programming, recreational gear hire, group fitness classes, social sport competitions, recreational trips and a physiotherapy clinic.
Clubs and Societies
Otago Polytechnic students have access to the Otago University Student Association's Clubs and Societies Centre, where you can join any number of interesting cultural clubs, take a fitness class, learn a language or a new skill, or sign up for a sports team. The venue is great, with heaps of meeting spaces available for you to book. Clubs and Socs is also the base of the famous-in-Dunedin $3 lunch, available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm.
There are excellent sporting facilities right on Otago Polytechnic's doorstep, with Otago Hockey's McMillan Turf, Logan Park sports grounds and the Caledonian athletics grounds right across the road. Travel a few minutes past the Caledonian and you're at the Big Easy – the beginners mountain bike/walking track that winds up Signal Hill, where you'll find intermediate and advanced tracks, and have a panoramic view of Dunedin city, the harbour, the Otago Peninsula, and right out to St Clair and St Kilda beaches.
Average summer temperature: 20°C
Average winter temperature: 11°C
Activities: Shopping, eating out, hiking, golf, surfing and swimming, mountain biking, going to concerts and exhibitions, ecotourism and festivals, national and international sporting events
Closest airport: Dunedin International Airport