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Why choose Otago?

  1. The architectural grandeur and accompanying gardens of Otago University led to it being ranked as one of the world's most beautiful universities.
  2. Modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
  3. The city has produced many of New Zealand’s greatest novelists, poets, artists, scientists, journalists, musicians, sportsmen and women, business people and leaders.


Quick Facts:

Location: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

City Population: 246,300

University Population: 21,728

Climate: Dunedin is temperate; however the city is recognised as having a large number of microclimates and the weather conditions often vary between suburbs mostly due to the city's topographical layout.

Nearest Airport: Dunedin International Airport

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The University of Otago was founded in 1869 and is New Zealand’s oldest university. Located in the city of Dunedin on the South Island, the city is considered as one of the four main cities for historic, cultural and geographic reasons. The size of the city allows it to feel much larger with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities. However, it is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.

The Recreation centre at the university offers good sports facilities on campus as well as trips and courses, from astronomy to surfing or paddle boarding. There are also a wide range of clubs, from archery to debating. The student association is prominent on campus and runs a student newspaper and radio station.