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The space, located upstairs in the Union building, was officially opened yesterday morning.
Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) president Michaela Waite-Harvey said it would provide a safe area with restricted access for queer and questioning students on campus.
‘‘It’s important to make them feel accepted and to give them an area where they know they won’t have that happen to them.’’
The university already had dedicated rooms for women and parents.
Students had been pushing for the space for about four years.
‘‘It’s been a long time coming,’’ she said.
Those interested in the space could apply for access online, which would be granted ‘‘very quickly’’.
Some eager students had signed up moments after the application form went live, she said.
It was the second university queer space to be formed across the country. The first was at the University of Auckland.
She hoped the space would inspire other universities.
OUSA had been communicating with other student associates throughout the project.
‘‘I think it’s something they’re starting to think about.’’
The space featured a common room, a kitchen, board games and more.
University of Otago Māori chaplain Dr Helen Papuni blessed the room and the food before organisers and guests enjoyed the first morning tea in the space.