January Housing in New Zealand

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!

University College (UniCol) is a premium residential college located in the heart of campus. Summer students of the University of Otago, Foundation Studies and international students are offered a complete residential experience. UniCol is conveniently close to Dunedin’s central business and shopping districts and minutes away from classrooms, lecture theatres, labs, libraries and other Otago facilities. All residents have a fully-furnished single bedroom with a king single bed, all bed linen and towel, modern bathroom and laundry facilities, floor common room, study rooms, library and a gymnasium. Internet access is available at the College.

Summer accommodation includes all meals in The Refectory, the college’s spacious and modern dining room. Food is prepared on-site by the professional catering staff.


Keep your room and the common areas clean; this is especially important when you are sharing a bedroom, apartment, residence, or dormitory.

Utilities and use:

  • Heating and air conditioning should be used sparingly. NEVER leave heating or air conditioning units while you are not home. If you must have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
  • Always turn off the lights when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the room door at all times. Also, when leaving your room, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will not be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the room are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense..

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the apartment.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing with them, is absolutely prohibited

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the room (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).
  • If extra time is needed to clean the room, or if items are damaged or missing, you will be charged and those charges will be deducted from your housing deposit. Housing deposits will be returned 8-12 weeks after the program has ended

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your hosts and the other people that live in the building.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a first verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your sending study abroad program and your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email