Monday 20 February

Convocation Ceremony

Forsyth Barr Stadium
6:30pm gates open, 7:30pm event commences
Free student event

Your first official rite of passage as an Otago University student is the Convocation Ceremony (headed by Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne) to welcome all first year students. You will be embarking on your journey down to the stadium together as a herd and learn the ways of the academic kingdom.

All first year students are expected to attend as this is a formal welcome for all new students hosted by the Dunedin City Mayor and the Vice Chancellor. The event goes for approximately one hour.

For entry to the Convocation Ceremony - students are split into the following entrances according to their hall/college:
Gate A
Aquinas, Arana, Carrington, City Col, Cumberland, Hayward, Knox
Gate C
Locals Programme, Uniflats, Salmond, Selwyn, St Margaret’s, Studholme, Te Rangi Hiroa, Toroa, Unicol

Tent City

Tent City Begins!

Otago Museum Reserve
Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 February, 9am-4pm
Free public event

OUSA Tent City has been in existence for over a decade and is always extraordinary. Make sure you head along and discover the remarkable collection of wonders, all aimed to help you adapt to life in this wild environment. Tent City is the largest student expo of the year, with an abundance of fantastic opportunities and attractions for both students and members of the public. If you want the best deal on your phone plan, travel costs, electronics, ski passes, gym memberships, bank accounts or anything else, this is the place to forage for goodies.

Tent City runs during the day from Monday to Wednesday, and is a great place to hunt around for some bargains, browse, make new discoveries or just hang out and bask in the sun and atmosphere. Jam-packed full of interesting and lively marquees, be sure to set aside a few hours and stroll over to the Museum Reserve. Don’t forget to pick up as much free stuff as you can possibly get your hands on and have a chat to the Executive at the OUSA tent.

Tent City

Radio One Open Air Sessions

Union Lawn
Monday 20 - Friday 24 February, 12pm-2pm
Free public event

Every Week day during Orientation, from midday to 2pm, Radio One 91FM DJs move their gadgets out of the studio and onto the OUSA Building balcony to blast audio lushness to the class of 2017.

12:00pm - 1:00 pm | Miss Fabrik8

Miss Fabrik8 is the host of Radio One's 'The Take Back' show on Saturday Mornings. She's starting the week off right, with liquid lyrical offerings, and smooth beats. Taking you uptown, downtown, and all around sound, behold the cool style of Fabrik8.

1:00pm - 2:00 pm | DJ Strange

DJ Strange is the host of 'Megadrive' on Radio One 91FM. Adept at bringing you non-stop-bangers on air, we're dragging him out from the studio into the sunlight, for all ears to hear, and to bear witness to a strange -styled klak & boom for lunch.

Daily Activities

Union Lawn

After a thorough forage through Tent City, cross the road and enjoy the Union Lawn environment with even more giveaways, free eats and activities. For those new to campus and unsure of the location, Union Lawn can be found smack bang in the middle of campus opposite the Union Food Court and right beside the OUSA offices.