Salmond College has an active Student Association with a President and Executive elected by residents each year.

The Association is responsible for organising the social, cultural and sports events in the College, and also owns much of the recreational equipment which is available for all residents to use. The funding for the Association’s activities comes from the ‘activities fee’ levied on all residents, which cover the cost of (or subsidises) the Orientation Week programme, coffee mug, t-shirt, College photo and magazine, as well as sporting and cultural competitions, social events such as the Ball, mid-winter Christmas and Birthday Day, and the purchase of new equipment.

Chapel and The Salmond FellowshipThe Waddel Chapel

The College shares a Chaplain with Knox College and has its own student led, non-denominational group run by Christians for Christians and non-Christian residents.

Chapel services and Christian fellowship meetings may be held for residents at advertised times.

The chapel at Salmond contains a baby grand piano which may be used by residents for practice. Residents who play other instruments should also use the chapel for practice but care must be taken that it remains available for others to use.

The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic operate a joint interfaith Chaplaincy Service which is available to residents.

Community Service

All residents are encouraged to participate in community activites such as supporting the Cancer Society, Blood Services etc. In 2014, this also included Red Cross, Relay 4 Life, Daffodil Day and Circus Quirkus.


The Iona Trophy Competition was established in 1972 between Salmond College, Studholme College and St Margaret’s College.  The areas that are judged are debating, choir and public speaking.


Salmond College participates, with St Margaret’s College and Studholme College, in a friendly sporting competition in 13 different sports. The trophy presented to the winning College is called the Southgate Trophy. As well, residents are encouraged to participate in the many sports clubs that are active in Dunedin, and use the wide range of sporting facilities available in the city.  Challenges may also be issued to other Colleges in specific sporting codes.