Salmond College

Salmond College Te Kāreti o Salmond

Salmond College

Get to know Salmond College: Your Otago oasis

Salmond College houses 261 residents in single rooms, all under one roof. We're lucky to have great facilities and plenty of space. The dining and common areas are roomy, and there are cozy spots scattered around the college. The common room opens up to the garden, which is perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun, and engaging in activities like volleyball and more.

The chapel is a focus for the special character of the college. It's not just a physical space; it's where we gather for moments of reflection, celebration, and connection. No matter your belief system, you’re always welcome in the chapel.

Up in the Macalister Wing, there are ten ensuite rooms that are a great fit for mature students or those with special health needs.

At Salmond, we're a tight-knit and supportive community. Students from all over New Zealand and beyond call this place home, and it's awesome to see this diverse cohort grow even closer as the year goes on.

Tailored for success — Salmond's ideal living space

Nestled in the charming North East Valley, Salmond College is just a quick 10 minute walk from campus, through the serene Botanic Gardens. If you're not in the mood for walking, there's a free shuttle to campus every weekday at 7:30 am, and in the evening, we've got two shuttles back to the College at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. There's a specific shuttle for out Pathways students at 8:30am each weekday.

If you prefer public transport, no worries – there's a bus stop at the end of Knox Street, and buses come by approximately every 15 minutes. Getting around is a breeze!

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