• Food

The OUSA Student Support Food Bank is available to students who are facing hardship and unable to acquire groceries. During Level 4 and Level 3 lockdown, a foodbank may be requested by filling out this form

A special thank you for supporting OUSA Student Support Foodbank over lockdown. 

  • Hardship

The OUSA Student Support Hardship Fund is available for students to apply for if they are experiencing significant and acute financial hardship. Each application is considered by a panel who expect to provide your response within 48 hours. The university’s Putea Tautoko Student Relief Fund is able to provide larger grants to students affected by COVID-19 and can be applied to through eVision.

  • Flatting
  • If you have concerns about your flatting situation, please get in touch with us. We are experts in everything related to flatting so can support you through any situation. Please contact us on 0800 12 10 23 or help@ousa.org.nz.” or book an appointment {insert link to Hub appointment booking}
  • Safety

If you are in an unsafe place or are worried about someone, whether it’s due to your living situation, relationship or something else, please reach out as we are still here to help; OUSA student support: help@ousa.org.nz, 0800121023, book an appointment, Proctors Office/Campus Watch (24/7) 0800 479 5000, Police: 111

  • Wellbeing

We know lockdown can be tough, and everyone will be experiencing it in different ways and facing their own challenges, we are here for you no problems are too big or too small, even if you just need to chat; OUSA Student Support: help@ousa.org.nz, 0800 12 10 23, book an appointment . Student Health: 0800 479 821, University Chaplains: chaplains@otago.ac.nz maori.chaplain@otago.ac.nz muslimchaplaincy@otago.ac.nz.


Working with WellSouth Primary Health Network, the University of Otago has set up a COVID-19 testing site at the St David lecture theatres. This will increase swabbing capacity in the region and make it easier for students to access COVID-19 testing. It remains vital that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 gets a test to stamp out the virus.

Appointments are still required. To book a test call 0800 847 87 19 and let them know you are a student. They will then book you in to the on-campus centre.

COVID-19 testing is free for everyone in New Zealand.

Testing centre address:

  • WellSouth COVID-19 Testing Site
  • St David Lecture Theatres
  • St David and Cumberland Streets

Dunedin campus vaccination clinics

Health and Safety are operating a vaccination clinic on-site at the Dunedin campus. Anyone wanting to book vaccinations on campus should:

The vaccination clinic is in Smithell’s Gymnasium until Friday 3 September, at 690 Cumberland Street.

From Tuesday 7 September, the clinics will be held on the ground floor of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Walsh Building, on Great King Street.


Students are able to access mask supplies through the Campus Watch Main Reception on campus. Available 24/7, appointments are not required. If you can’t collect a mask physically but require one call Campus Watch at 0800 4795000. It is mandatory to wear these when visiting any essential services (including OUSA Student Support), including supermarkets and pharmacies. Please stay within your bubble, scan in and maintain a 2-meter distance to anyone else you come across.