Salmond is an academic College, and we pride ourselves on providing strong academic support to our residents as they make the transition to University and Polytechnic life. We have a dedicated Academic Tutor who runs study skills workshops and weekly drop-in study support hours throughout the year.

Salmond runs free tutorials in a range of subjects, including all competitive entry courses such as Health Sciences, Law, Nursing and OT, and other papers including Arts and Commerce as the basis of demand. Tutorials usually run weekly, with extra support leading up to exams.

Salmond residents are also welcome to attend Knox College tutorials, on the same campus, and this can be especially useful for subjects where there is insufficient demand to run a separate tutorial at Salmond, or where a student has a timetable clash.

The Head of College and Deputy Head of College monitor the academic performance of College members throughout the year, and work with the Academic Tutor to provide additional support where it may be needed.

Computer Facilities

All bedrooms are wired and have wi-fi internet access. Once residents are registered with the University of Otago they will be able to use their computer within the College, this allows students access through the University of Otago to the internet. There is no need for an ISP, nor are there any limitations to the bandwidth used. For a small charge Otago Polytechnic students can also access the University network. Wireless is also available in most areas of the College.


There are three rooms set up as tutorial rooms and group work rooms during term for resident use. The library may also be used as a study area - it has a stock of non-fiction and one of fiction books for recreational reading.

University of Otago

Information for First Year Students

Student Charter