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Welcome to St Margaret's College

Congratulations on your selection for membership of St Margaret’s College in 2023.

Since it was established in 1911, St Margaret’s has developed an enviable reputation of excellence, caring and sense of belonging. St Margaret’s College is owned by St Margaret’s Residential College Council Incorporated, an incorporated society and registered charity. The College maintains formal affiliation with the University of Otago.

In keeping with the College’s motto of "altiora in votis" or "set your heart on higher things”, we endeavour to provide excellent facilities, a friendly, comfortable, and safe atmosphere and a caring and respectful community so that you can thrive in your studies, make wonderful friends and develop as an individual and a contributing member of society.

St Margaret's College is a place where discrimination against students on the grounds of gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation is unacceptable; as is any form of bullying, either physically, electronically or verbally. Concern for others, care, and support are important to us. We expect all College Members to take responsibility for their own behaviour and co-operate with the guidelines so that the College will be a happy, inclusive, and supportive community for all.

Given our ethos and underlying values of courtesy, consideration for others and common sense (our three Cs), it is unsurprising that the College offers a pleasant and warm social environment where Members can excel in all respects.

We foster a caring atmosphere, encourage scholastic achievement and emphasise the importance of keeping a healthy balance. We have staff available for Members to discuss course and career choices, and assist with study skills. A key area of our concern is also to provide and facilitate pastoral care for Members and, where necessary, we work with various support services offered by the University, for example Student Health. The College also has good links with University departments and can assist in liaising with them if Members experience difficulties.

This Members’ Handbook provides important information about the College and I encourage you to read it thoroughly before you take up residence at the College. Please do not hesitate to contact the College should you have any queries.

We very much look forward to your contribution as a valuable Member of the College in 2024. You will be part of a wonderful community comprising first-year and many senior (returning) students, the latter acting as mentors for first-year Members.

The College Staff warmly welcome you to St Margaret’s College.


Education and Training Act Code of Practice

St Margaret's College provides services consistent with the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice. For more information, please see