On a campus filled with students who embrace their drinking culture, it can feel awkward for those in the minority who abstain from alcohol.
Dunedin is a national drawcard for New Zealand students wanting world class degrees and an active student life, but many have come from further afield.
Taking part in the Fresher Comp Mountain Dew xtreme challenge on the Museum Lawn yesterday are Emma Luxton, Malcolm Morrison and Gus Patterson.
After last year's infamous parade, organisers canned the mass march down George St in favour of students walking to the party in the Union Hall.
Bed $100, drawers $80, heater $15, dinner set $10. Being part of the student furniture circle of life: priceless recycling.
There's nothing quite like a quiet stroll around your new neighbourhood, casually getting to know your new neighbours - in your underwear.
Dunedin has experienced its first major influx of students for the year. ODT Online reporter and second-year student Emily Menkes looks at the Otago University Orientation line-up.
Take nine first-year students, a list of activities and challenges and a swag of prizes and you have Fresher Comp.
About 2000 first-year students filled the Dunedin Town Hall for their first lecture yesterday.
A busy weekend dealing with young people has prompted Dunedin police to warn people who do not back off when told to: they will be arrested.
It may be a student community, but not everyone in the North Dunedin area is a student and burglars target the area looking for insecure property.
Utilising noise-scapes, flow-charts and a punk rock ethos, Los Angeles band Health has turned self-delusion to its advantage, writes Shane Gilchrist.
The Otago University Students Association toga parade descended into disorder last night, leaving Dunedin's main street littered with eggs, rubbish and glass, car and shop windows smashed and participants injured.
A TV3 cameraman who was caught up in last month's student toga parade in Dunedin has rejected suggestions that reports faeces were thrown at participants were made up.
Parents of first-year students leaving home for the first time can breathe easy about them behaving and eating their greens in a hall of residence.
There were plenty of spills at the Captain Cook garden bar last night, but few of the liquid variety.
Supersized sumo wrestling anyone? How about a spot of bouncy boxing?
A ball of wasabi, raw egg and pig eyes, liver, kidney, heart, lung and tongue. Breakfast anyone?
Bad weather, poor crowd turnouts and the cancellation of events have marred this year's Otago University Students Association Orientation Week, with organisers pledging to be better prepared next year.
The Fresher Competition got physical yesterday as competitors ran, aerobicised, danced and jostled their way to the final day of the week-long event.