University of Otago


The University of Otago is considered among the best research centres in New Zealand. Established in 1869, the University is regarded as the oldest University in New Zealand. It was created by a committee chaired by Thomas Burns and officially founded by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. 

Spread over one main campus and four satellite campuses, it offers studies in programs like Humanities, Health Sciences, business etc.

This institution has built foundations of broad research and teaching abilities. The University of Otago has played an essential role in advancing and promoting knowledge, critical thinking and intellectual independence. During the past 150 years, the University of Otago provided thousands of great names around the globe.


This University has been hosting thousands of students each year. As of now, about 19000 students are a part of this institute. Over 3500 of these students are International.

OUSA (Otago University Student's Association) is the representative body for the students at the institute. It carters all religious, academic, social and personal issues of the student in the University. This association organizes Orientation week for new students. Several activities are organized during this O-Week, including a comedy night, concerts, and a hypnotist. This institute also has the longest-run student magazine in New Zealand named Critic.

Otago's student life is known for its vibrant culture. The flatting culture is prevalent among the students. In this city, students have an old tradition of naming their flats, often in old houses. Students in Otago have the nickname "Scarfie", which comes from the practice of wearing a scarf during winter. 


Living away from home is not a piece of cake for most students. Keeping that in mind, the University of Otago provides various options regarding residence. But before getting into that, you should understand your preferences beforehand. If you want to live off-campus, the student accommodation advisers can help you find the best place.

UO owns 14 residential complexes which provide social and welfare services and a diverse multi-cultural environment. Most of these spaces are primarily for first-year students. However, some have a large number of higher-year students and postgraduate students. On-campus housing fosters a sense of community and academic accomplishment among the residents through various intercollegiate contests, traditionalism, communal dining, college event, cultural societies, internal sporting and independent student clubs.


Following are global rankings of the University of Otago.

  • By QS World Ranking, the University of Otago ranks 217.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Otago ranks 201-250.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Otago at 230.


University of Otago
362 Leith Street, Dunedin North, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

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