Point of entry

University of Otago director of student services David Richardson stands outside the university's new visitors centre on the corner of Cumberland and St David Sts yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh. Otago University's new visitors centre has had more than 3500 people through its doors since it opened in January.

Mr Richardson said the centre, which the university budgeted $1.02 million to build, served as an entry point for people visiting the university. It had been ''pretty encouraged'' with the number who had visited since it opened, Mr Richardson said.

A total of 3672 people had been through the centre, made up of 2185 tourists, 1226 students, 157 staff and 104 people from the Dunedin area. The centre served as a starting point for tours of the university, and a place for visitors, staff and students to get memorabilia.