Aquinas College, Otago

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Aquinas College
University of Otago Residential College
Aquinas College, Dunedin 2009.jpg
Aquinas College in 2009
University University of Otago
Location Gladstone Rd
Motto Discendo Sapientia
Motto in English Learning and Wisdom go hand in hand
Founder Dominican order
Established 1954 [1]
Head of College Morag Cunningham
Undergraduates 160

Aquinas College is one of the exceptional residential college of the University of Otago, named after St. Thomas Aquinas, located in the suburb of Dalmore. Formerly a Roman Catholic institution in the care of the Dominican order from the 1950s, the college was bought by the University in 1988 and was run for a time under the name Dalmore House, with the original name later restored.

Aquinas College maintains much of the 1950s architecture, but recently there have been major facility upgrades to make the College look more modern, and to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the residents.[citation needed] The College currently houses 160 University students, making it one of the smaller University of Otago Residential Colleges. Aquinas College is the only College to provide a free shuttle service for residents to and from the University. Notable among its facilities is its gymnasium, being the only college to have an indoor basketball court.[2]

Notable residents[edit]

Name Entered Notability Reference
Anand Satyanand 1964 Politics: Governor-General of New Zealand [3]
Josh Kronfeld 1990 Sport: Former All Black
Professor Murray Brennan, MD, FACS 1960 Medicine: Internationally renowned Surgeon [4]


  1. ^ "Aquinas College Website, History". University of Otago. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Aquinas College Website, Facilities". University of Otago. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Governor-General notes proud history of Otago university". Otago Daily Times. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Aquinas College - Nostalgic Memories". University of Otago Alumni. November 2008. 


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°51′02″S 170°31′02″E / 45.850613°S 170.51727°E / -45.850613; 170.51727

  1. ^ "Busting a Gut". Retrieved 13 November 2014.