Stories about studying at the University of Otago and trips to Dunedin have filled Priyaanka Khatri's life. Now, the first-year student is ready to call the city home.
Putting academic pursuits temporarily to one side, almost 3000 Otago University students donned team colours and cheered themselves into a frenzy at Logan Park yesterday.
New Otago University students and staff are being encouraged to journey outside their comfort zones during Orientation this week.
Military-style fitness training, games of quidditch, abseiling and a burger-eating competition are among this week's tests for 15 first year University of Otago students.
The University of Otago's first-year students are to make the most of their new home, with respect and goodwill in mind, faculty and city seniors say.
There is a running joke among the organisers behind student Orientation this year that the annual Otago University Students' Association event will be the "mother of Orientation" gigs this week.
American" andrologists, "Hungarian" haematologists and "Omanian" oncologists jostled for victory at the North Ground in Dunedin yesterday.
Orientation events at Otago Polytechnic got under way yesterday with a welcome and barbecue lunch held to greet hundreds of new and returning students at the campus.
Event managers for this month's University of Otago Orientation are finalising expanded plans for the traditional student welcome party.
Several University of Otago Orientation events, including a concert by rock band Shihad, will be held at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year.
It's the toga parade that has the whole country talking.
Otago University's Orientation 2010 has started. The student year has begun, writes Emily Menkes.
University of Otago students staying at Selwyn College learned quite a lot more about mud and baths at the weekend.
Jacqui Gale battled in a box, got the better of a bungy cord, dressed up as Madonna, abseiled and ate offal all in the name of Fresher Comp glory.
In an unusual move, the University of Otago sought advice from a Dunedin speed dating agency for its latest student support initiative.
Emergency services and city officials are crediting a change of attitude among students for low levels of misbehaviour this week.
Stunning weather, high attendance levels, and quality events made for a great start to Orientation this year.
With more than 60 societies and 30 clubs on offer, the Otago University Students Association Clubs and Socs day attracted thousands of students yesterday.
The chance to buy their text books at bargain prices had students flocking to the annual SCM Otago Book Exchange yesterday.
While spending at least three years in Dunedin completing degrees, students tend not to make the most of the tourist opportunities available in the city.