Students getting familiar with city

Team spirit . . . Arana College residents (back from left) Sam McNeil (17), of Taranaki, Harry Sipos (18), of Auckland, Liam McGuire (18), of Auckland, Aleks Apperley (18), of Te Awamutu, (front from left) Lancely Yung (18), of Auckland, Kate Macmanus (17), of Invercargill, Carmel Belleza (18), of Auckland, and Aidan Desouza (18), of Auckland, at College Sports Day at Logan Park on Tuesday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Students new to Dunedin are getting a taste of the city this week.

Tent City, a three-day event which showcases a range of student-centric brands in tents on the Otago Museum reserve, began Orientation Week.

Otago University Students’ Association, supermarkets, gyms and local clothing brands were among offerings on display in the tents.

There were also games to be played and prizes to be won.

Second-year student Laura Gemmell, of Flaxmere, said Tent City was “awesome every year”.

“It’s good to know what services there are,” she said.

Friend and fellow second-year student Phoebe Allan said there was a lot of free stuff for students.

“I wish I had brought a bag.”

Students also made their way to Logan Park on Tuesday for Collegiate Sports Day.

About 4000 students from 17 residential colleges, including Uni Flats and University of Otago Locals, took part in volleyball, netball, football and touch.

A new relay event started the day, in which students competed by skipping, leapfrogging, running backwards and sprinting to the finish line.

Unipol sport and facilities officer Rebecca Kurtovich said about 50 staff, including 36 student referees, were also involved.

Planning for the day started in December, she said.

Other O Week activities this week included a convocation on Monday, a hypnotist show on Tuesday, and the toga party and Savage concert yesterday.

Clubs Day will be held in the Museum Reserve today and Peking Duk, Drax Project, JessB and Jordi will perform tonight.