You can choose to live in a catered or non-catered hall of residence located a short distance from the main campus and city area, or in a shared student flat (apartment). You are also welcome to arrange temporary accommodation in advance and look for more permanent accommodation after arrival in Dunedin.
The February semester of any academic year is Otago’s busiest semester. There is pressure on the available student accommodations close to campus at this time of year and you may find it difficult to secure suitable and affordable accommodation close to campus. Most accommodations are located close to campus and it is unnecessary to drive or use public transport to and from the university (students usually bike or walk). The halls of residence are centrally heated, but if you stay in a flat or apartment you will find it necessary to purchase a space heater and warm bedding (there is no central heating in Dunedin), and to bring warm clothing.
Whiel you have the freedom to choose teh housing that best suits your needs and lifestyle, you will need to be proactive in selecting, securing, and paying teh University fo Otago directly for your semester housing, even if you are on financial aid.