University College, Otago

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University College
University of Otago Residential College
University College, Otago buildings.jpg
University College, South Tower and North Tower behind South Annexe and North Annexe, north to the right
University University of Otago
Location 315 Leith St
Nickname UniCol
Motto Ut Magis Aptil Reddamur (Latin)
Motto in English That we may be made more fit[1]
Founder University of Otago
Established 1969
Master Chris Addington
Undergraduates 518[2]

University College (UniCol), founded in 1969, is the largest residential hall at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. It houses approximately 550 residents during the academic year. Originally consisting of two towers, North Tower and South Tower, it has since been expanded with the acquisition of a set of flats on Clyde street and then in 2004 with the Northern and Southern Annexes. It is one of the most central colleges on the campus, situated beside the university's original buildings. Historically, the South Tower housed males and the North Tower housed females, however both towers today are unisex, with students sharing all facilities including bathrooms and showers. Highlights throughout the year include orientation week, 'bak-2-skool' parties, formal dinners, ski trips, the ball, 'Bad Taste' parties, floor missions, and float parades.


  • D. F. Symon, 1969-1985
  • P. I. C. Rennie, 1986-1992
  • C. P. M. Geary, 1993-1996
  • Ashley Day, 1997-2007
  • Chris Addington, 2007 – present

Notable Past Residents[edit]

Name Entered Notability Reference
Marc Ellis Sport: rugby union and rugby league player
Anton Oliver Sport: rugby union player
Justin Lester (politician) Politics: Mayor of Wellington

A seminar room is dedicated to former resident Mark Parker, who died in the 2002 Bali bombings.[3]


  1. ^ UniCol History, University College, retrieved 6 June 2011 
  2. ^ About UniCol, University College, retrieved 6 June 2011 
  3. ^ "Bali victim remembered". New Zealand Herald. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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Coordinates: 45°51′56″S 170°30′57″E / 45.8655°S 170.5159°E / -45.8655; 170.5159