University of Otago Master of Planning

About the University of Otago

The University of Otago has more than 20,000 students on its roll, including about 1200 international students. It is famous clocktowerfor its reputation of excellence in academic study spanning over 140 years, and for its unique relationship with the city of Dunedin and immediate surrounding area.

This relationship has led to Dunedin being called the country's only university town. Dunedin has a population of around 120,000 and is an attractive and historically interesting city at the head of Otago Harbour. Skifields, ice-skating, Central Otago, Lakes District, and Fiordland are within 3-4 hours travel time. There are many interesting tramping trails near the city and further afield, including the world famous Milford Track.

Almost 70% of the University's students come from outside Dunedin, making it the most 'national' University in the country. Many students come to study subjects unique to Otago, but others are attracted to the close-knit, friendly atmosphere of the student community and smaller, less formal, teaching units.

Otago has one of the most beautiful and compact campuses in New Zealand. The Water of Leith flows through the grounds past a mix of 19th century and modern buildings.

The University is ringed by Halls of Residence, interspersed with villas and older houses used for student flatting. The whole effect produces a University Quarter - where living and studying are a way of life. The University is only five minutes from the main shopping street of the city making it coinvenient to move between home, the campus and the town. Otago provides an unrivalled University experience as well as a fine teaching and learning environment.

University FacilitiesCampus Market Day

The University Union is the hub of student social life and has a food court, several cafes, retail shops and many rooms for social events including a music venue/bar. The students publish a weekly newspaper, Critic, and operate a radio station all year.

The Clubs and Societies operate the Unipol Sports Centre where aerobics, social sports information, hire equipment, cardio room and weights room are based.

The Central Library is a modern, attractive building near the Union, and courses on how to use the library are available. It has excellent facilities for study and research, and has on-line computer search arrangements with several bibliographies both in New Zealand and USA. Other libraries are attached to the Medical, Dental, Law, Science, Education and Theology Faculties. In addition the Hocken Library has one of the largest collections of New Zealand material in the country.

The Audio-Visual Study Centre in the Central Library is open to all students and has a library of audio visual material (DVDs, CDs, video cassettes, tapes, tape/slide programmes) related to planning.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is open daily and offers ISBcomputing facilities for teaching, research and administration. Notes for users are available at the centre. Planning students have direct access through the computer terminals in the Richardson Building.