Salmond College

Salmond College Te Kāreti o Salmond

Set in North East Valley, Salmond College is a 10-12 minute walk to Campus through the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.

Salmond College shares its 12 acres of grounds with Knox College and includes historic rhododendron dells and oak tree walks.There is a free shuttle to campus 7.30am Monday-Friday, and two evening shuttles back to the College at 6.00pm and 10.00pm. There is also a special shuttle for Foundation Studies students at 8:30am in the morning. Public transport runs approximately every 15 minutes, with a bus stop close to the College. 

Purpose-built as a university residential college, everything about Salmond’s living space works.

This medium-sized community of 261 residents in individual rooms all under the one roof, is spoilt with generous facilities and a huge sense of space. The dining room is spacious, the common room is expansive and there are break out areas around the college to be enjoyed. The flow from the common room and dining room to the garden contributes to a special indoor-outdoor flow unique to Salmond. Tutorial rooms are modern and roomy. The chapel is a focus for the special character of the college. The Macalister Wing, consisting of ten ensuite rooms, ensures mature students or those with special personal health needs have the opportunity to apply for Salmond College.

Salmond is a supportive “family” community where everyone is encouraged to get along and care for one another. The College is full of students from all over New Zealand and the world and it is joy to watch this diverse community grow closer as a year unfolds. Salmond is an inclusive and supportive community. The family concept is fully encouraged: residents do things together, treat each other with respect and look out for each other.

Our Vision and Whakataukī

Our vision is to be a world-class residential college where students are part of a community that affirms and empowers every resident, expands thought and outlook, encourages service, fosters leadership, and builds strong bonds of friendship.

Our Crest bears the Latin phrase, 'Gratia et Veritas' translating to Grace and Truth, which communicates the dual apsects of Salmond's special character. 

Our whakataukī is: Ko te toa i a tini, i a mano o te takata - It is the bravery of a multitude, of thousands of people.

This Ngāi Tahu whakataukī, attributed to Tū Whakauika and Te Oreorehua, refers to the strength of collectivity. It reminds us of the power of a living community stretching back several generations, and fosters hope as the Salmond family continues to grow with each new intake of residents.

"Didn't quite know what to think, especially coming down here from Wellington a short, slightly good looking but infinitely nervous young man, but Salmond exceeded all my expectations.

Warm rooms, lovely people ranging from peers to kitchen staff to management, decent facilities and everything you need to get started and settled into life down here. Everyone is very welcoming, and the new management are constantly working hard to try and provide to the needs of everyone; they are very easy to talk to. The College food, a worry for many, greatly exceeded my expectations.

All in all, there was a great mix of people in my year. Would recommend to all looking for a nice, friendly place to get settled into for your first year at the Uni or Polytech."

Sam Peters