Dunedin is situated on the East Coast of the South Island. It is a city with character and history and is known as a student city.
Home to the University of Otago, College of Education and Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin has a large student population which means young people have plenty of things to see and do.
Living in Dunedin as a student
The University campus is a mix of modern and historic buildings and has a student buzz about it.
After you get off the bus in the morning, you can meet up with friends at one of the cafes before class. Walk together through the heart of the campus, saying hi to other students as you go. You’ll feel right at home as you make your way to the University of Otago Language Centre.
What to see in the Dunedin region
If you love nature, a visit to the stunning and rugged Otago Peninsula is a must. You’ll see penguins, fur seals and The Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head. You’ll also have a chance to see kiwis, New Zealand’s national bird, at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Weekend activities include taking a trip to Tunnel Beach to explore the caves or travelling north to see the Moeraki Boulders. Queenstown is only a few hours away by car or bus – a stay in the South Island would not be complete without a visit to this exciting town.
What to do in Dunedin
The history of Dunedin goes back to the early settlers who were mostly from Scotland. You can see beautiful historic buildings around the city like Olveston House and Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.
The historic railway buildings host Dunedin Fashion Week in April each year. This is just one of the many events Dunedin hosts.
Local and international sporting events are held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, located very close to your language school. Go to one of the rugby games and cheer on your local team!
Eating and drinking in Dunedin
With a multi-cultural student population, there are many great places to eat and drink in Dunedin. You’ll find something delicious for various dietary requirements and at various price points.
Try some special brews from one of the many craft breweries or indulge with some handmade chocolates from OCHO (The Otago Chocolate Company).
Find local and artisan produce at the Otago Farmers’ Market every Saturday – it’s a great way to start the weekend.
Why learn English in Dunedin?
Dunedin is a great place for students who want to study English in a classic New Zealand university town and easily explore the surrounding areas.