Returning students ‘trickle’ back to town

University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students are making their way back to Dunedin ahead of Orientation Week. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

University of Otago students are starting to “trickle” back into the city ahead of Orientation Week.

O Week will be held from February 17-22, before the first semester of the university’s academic year formally starts the following week.

Otago Polytechnic classes start on February 17.

A university spokeswoman said about 15,000 university and polytechnic students from outside Dunedin were expected to arrive in the city this month.

Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) president Jack Manning said students were starting to “trickle” back from summer holidays and move into their flats.

The majority of first-year students moving into residential colleges would most likely do so on February 15, he said.

“The campus . . . is starting to pack in with students which is really exciting.

“It’s good to have them all back.”

About 1600 students are in summer school, and OUSA has been hosting weekly barbecues to give them a break from their studies.

relatively quiet, that was likely to change once students moved back into their flats and got into their routines, he said.

“There will be more of a visible presence of students and we’re starting to see that now.”

The summer school exam period finishes on February 20.

Mr Manning said the association had a “very exciting student experience” planned for O Week, which included an international food festival, and performances by Peking Duk and Drax Project.