Services & facilities
To enhance your student experience at Otago Polytechnic, we make sure that you have access to awesome student spaces, great equipment, and new technologies, along with advice, support, and assistance before, during and after your studies.
At our Dunedin Campus, The Hub is at the heart of student life and is a great place to relax, eat, hang out and meet people.
One of our campus cafés (Eden) is here – and we also have AKO (our student training café) and Hīnaki (over in O Block). There’s free WiFi and computer labss and the library is right next door so learning spaces are easy to find.
We know that studying is only part of what you do so we make sure we provide cultural, social, recreational and practical areas too. We have breastfeeding rooms and interfaith rooms, a space for our Pasifika learners, a dedicated Māori Centre, and a sports centre and fitness facilities only a 5 min walk from campus.
Our campus is also surrounded by our Living Campus edible gardens so you can chill out in green spaces and pick some fresh veggies for your dinner.
At our Cromwell Campus, our common rooms are a great social space to catch up with friends over coffee. There’s free WiFi across campus and amazing access to the surrounding Central Otago landscape and hubs like Queenstown and Wānaka.
Ensuring you have all the support you need while studying is our priority. We offer a wide variety of support services for on campus or online students which includes our IT Service Desk for when you need help with your computer/email set up etc.
Along with learning and personal wellbeing support, we also have a Student Health Centre at our Dunedin Campus. This provides the same services as your family doctor. And, we know that many students need to fit study around other life commitments so we have an on-campus childcare centre too (Polykids).
Classrooms don’t have to be lecture theatres. Our students learn by doing and get the best-of-the-best when it comes to facilities and training spaces.
Art barns and design studios
Create, design, and express yourself in a space you can call your own. We have eight studio areas on our Dunedin Campus, varying from ceramics to electronic arts.
Design and build whatever you need for your projects. Equipped with a range of machines and digital tools such as laser cutting, water jet cutting and 3D printers, EPICentre is mainly used by our art, design, IT, occupational therapy, engineering and trades students.
Food and hospo training areas
What better way to learn the art of hospitality than by experiencing food service and customers first-hand? Hone your skills and showcase your baking and barista talents in our training kitchen and café. And, enjoy the chance to serve up delish street food in our food truck (a collaboration between our design and engineering students!)
IT game development studio
Tech is everywhere! Our Dunedin Campus is home to our game development studio. Enjoy the chance to build, design and play games as part of your qualification.
Trades Training Centre
Something’s in the works – a brand new Trades Training Centre with state-of-the-art tools, equipment and machinery. Our Cromwell students have the opportunity to get hands-on inside the purpose-built trades building, which includes a state-of-the-art craft brewer!
Explore the services available to all students, no matter where you’re studying
Our goal is to help you succeed in your studies but we understand that you have a life outside of studying as well. Therefore, we can provide support in a wide range of areas so that when you’re in class (either on campus or online) you’re able to learn well and succeed.
Breakfast at Sunrise
Wakey, wakey eggs and bakey…come join us for a free breakfast and an amazing sunrise.Read more
Dunedin Schools Game Jam
We're organising the 2nd annual Otago Polytechnic High Schools Game Jam from 22nd to 24th July. You will enjoy a unique experience of developing or designing a game over the weekend.Read more
Rachel Dibble wins Ako Award
Otago Polytechnic Lecturer Rachel Dibble has won a Te Whatu Kairangi –Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Award for 2022.Read more
Hākari (Feast) - Telling Our Story
A collaborative food event between the Food Design institute, the School of Art and the School of Communication Design.Read more
Central Campus to hold Giant Plant Sale
A huge array of locally grown plants will be on sale at Otago Polytechnic’s annual Giant Plant Sale, to be held at its Central Otago Campus this Labour Weekend.Read more
Otago Polytechnic claims three medals in Best Design Awards
Congrats to Vincent Egan, Georgia Pope and Emily MacKenzie for winning medals in the Best Design Awards 2022.Read more
Otago Polytechnic helps community group with innovative recycling solution
Otago Polytechnic has worked with a Dunedin community group to come up with an innovative solution to recycling milk bottle tops.Read more
More than 300 to attend Otago Polytechnic "catch-up" graduation
More than 300 graduands will attend Otago Polytechnic’s Graduation ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday, 22 September.Read more
Otago Polytechnic wins at 2022 Diversity Awards NZ
Otago Polytechnic’s ongoing efforts to be an inclusive workplace and organisation have been recognised at a national level.Read more
Otago Polytechnic resumes hosting Japanese learners
Otago Polytechnic is excited to welcome back students from Japan’s International College of Technology this week.Read more
Otago Polytechnic has multiple finalists in Best Design Award
Eight Otago Polytechnic projects have been named in the finals of the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.Read more
A magnificent flying machine
Tears, cheers and applause greeted the inaugural flight of an Otago Polytechnic student-built plane this week.Read more
Celebrating secondary students’ artistic talents
The Celebrate Art Secondary Schools Art Awards 2022 have attracted a range of exciting and accomplished works.Read more
A passion for the environment
It’s a passion borne of a childhood spent among the wild waves and woods near Maidens, Ayrshire, a small village in which his family was one of the few not involved in fishing.Read more
Careers in Health Information Evening
Learn about our healthcare programmes, what you need to do to apply to study in 2022, and speak to our qualified staff, healthcare practitioners and industry professionals about your healthcare career aspirations.Read more
Design students upcycle for charity
A group of resourceful Otago Polytechnic Design students have been rummaging through op-shop shelves as part of an upcycling project for charity.Read more
Finalist in Diversity Works NZ Awards
Otago Polytechnic Ltd has been named as a finalist in the Ngā Āhuatanga o Te Tiriti category of the 2022 Diversity Awards NZ.Read more
Electrical student through to final of Apprentice Challenge
An Otago Polytechnic electrical student has won the Dunedin round of the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge.Read more
Otago Polytechnic to fly Māori flag
Otago Polytechnic has chosen to fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag alongside the New Zealand one.Read more
Mural celebrates Māori connections
A mural celebrating Māori connections with the land aims to uphold the mana of tauira, making them feel more included in the physical space of Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus.Read more
Design learners to fore in international competition
Nine students from Otago Polytechnic’s School of Design participated in the Humber University (Toronto) round of Map the System, an Oxford University-based global system thinking competition that aims to stimulate new ways of thinking about social and environmental change.Read more
Get Ahead – Careers Information Evening
Discover how you can start your journey/haereka now to gain the knowledge/mātauraka and skills you need to set you up for a successful 2023 and beyond.Read more
Nursing students' working bee helps Fijian women
An industrious group of Otago Polytechnic year-3 Bachelor of Nursing tauira have swapped vaccination needles for sewing needles to help women from a Fijian village.Read more
Tertiary Open Day
Your chance to explore our campus and see first-hand the fantastic range of study options available at Otago Polytechnic.Read more
Chief Executive to help judge Otago Sports Awards
Joining Dr Gibbons on the judging panel for the Otago Polytechnic-sponsored awards are Sport Otago chief executive John Brimble, Otago Daily Times sports editor Hayden Meikle, radio producer Rowena Duncum and former long-serving Sport Otago manager Michael Smith.Read more
"Crossroads; Childish Adult Stuff" installed in Quad
The latest sculptural installation in Otago Polytechnic’s Four Plinths Project dabbles in the past while pondering the future.Read more
Ceramic works tackle theme of student wellbeing
Dunedin School of art graduate Aaron Obbeek has created ceramic sculptures for four meeting rooms in the Hub.Read more
Carpentry apprentices show off skills
Eager apprentices put their carpentry skills to the test at the New Zealand Certified Builders ITM Apprentice Challenge at the weekend.Read more
If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.