Non-students flatting and partying in Dunedin's campus
area are creating headaches for authorities and students alike.
''Students might study all week and let off some steam on a
Thursday or a Saturday, but these guys are partying up
virtually every day of the week,'' campus policeman Senior
Constable Max Holt said.
The constant partying meant the new residents were getting
offside with their student neighbours and attracting police
attention as they were not answerable to the University of
Otago's code of conduct.
''There is an unwritten rule on how to behave if you are a
university student, and these people do not get it. ''They
draw so much attention to themselves.''
While the number of non-students living in the area was
small, there had been a noticeable increase in young workers
choosing to live in the area, he said.
Snr Const Holt said many of those non-students came from
satellite towns across Otago, were working and ''had money to
The new residents believed they could get away with more in
the student quarter than in the suburbs, but ''it's a
misapprehension that you can behave as you wish down the
''They very quickly get offside with their student neighbours
Students had reported their concerns to police, ''but we
always hear after the fact'', Snr Const Holt said.
An Otago University Students' Association spokesman said the
number of non-students living in the area was also reflected
in arrests for disorder-related offences.
''It has been rather telling seeing more and more
non-students arrested for couch fires and things like that.''