Rooms and facilities

The College’s graceful and warm buildings, marvellous artwork, and pleasant garden surrounds including a sunny courtyard with a fountain, provide the perfect environment for Members to feel at home, flourish and grow.

Through a building and renovation programme over the years since its 1911 beginnings, the College has 224 rooms, various common rooms, a library, a TV room, one large and two small tutorial rooms, and a games room. Being centrally heated through an environmentally-friendly hot water system, the College is warm and comfortable.

The College also has some guest rooms (with ensuite bathrooms) for academic staff and other visitors.

We are a College in the true sense of the word, putting a large emphasis on people, a family environment, and the infrastructure. The College is constantly upgrading, whether it be re-carpeting and re-painting rooms, putting in new bathrooms, new floors, or new furnishings


The College houses 224 Members in eleven floors and two houses. Each floor accommodates 15 to 27 Members and has a resident College Leader to look out for the wellbeing of the Members. Floors have been carefully designed with a community environment in mind.

Because the College has been greatly added to and upgraded in the years since its founding in 1911, each floor has its own character, and the rooms reflect this. All bedrooms are equipped with a bed (mostly single), desk, desk chair, wardrobe, drawers, mirror, radiator and pinboard. All linen and blankets are provided although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Please note that St Margaret’s does not offer single-sex or alcohol free floors.


Every floor has a number of individual bathrooms (i.e. not communal), with a high ratio of showers, toilets and basins to floor residents. Some bathrooms even have a bath!

Floor kitchens

Each floor has its own kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwave, stove, oven, ironing board and iron, and storage space for Members’ plates, utensils and snacks.

The kitchens are the social hub of each floor providing a great communal space to catch up.

Dining hall

The Norris Dining Hall is named after Dr Peter Norris who was the Master of the College from 1998 until his retirement in late 2016. It is a grand room with a majestic character and comfortably seats the entire College. It features a wonderful stained glass window of St Margaret, a baby grand piano and a grandfather clock.

Common rooms

The Valentine Common Room was built in 1995 and is a beautiful spot to relax with friends, whether it be just chatting or playing the baby grand piano or some card games or reading. This room makes the College feel like home.

The Otago Daily Times is delivered each morning to the Common Room, as well as each floor kitchen, to keep Members abreast of current events.

In the evenings, the Residents Executive Committee operates a Canteen where you can purchase delicious snacks. Adjoining the Valentine Common Room is the Games Room, with a professional size pool table and a table tennis table.

The Academic Common Room is used during exam periods as a communal study space, as well as being used to hold functions and meetings throughout the year.

The Atrium with its very popular coffee/hot chocolate machine is open for Members between meals and at night. At certain times, evening tea and toast is available in the Atrium.

For senior Members (i.e. third-year and above), they have their own special Fellows and Seniors Common Room where they can relax, read a book, study or have a coffee.

Tutorial rooms

The College is well-known for the excellent tutorials it offers. These occur in one of three special purpose rooms: a large Study Centre (equipped with two smaller tutorial rooms).


The Library is one of the most popular rooms in the College. Filled with non-fiction books, leather couches and wooden desks, it has wonderful character; the ideal spot to study in.

TV room

Enjoy your sport? Then you will definitely make use of the big screen TV in this room. The College subscribes to Sky, including the sport channels, so there is plenty to choose from should you wish to have a break from your studies. There are also plenty of DVDs available in the room.


Tucked between the College’s main buildings is a large sunny and private courtyard for Members to enjoy. With the relaxing sound of falling water from the fountain, the courtyard is a great place to relax in.


While the College takes care of the laundering of your bedlinen each week, you will need to take care of this chore for your personal clothing. The laundry comes equipped with washing machines and dryers (free; not coin-operated). Should you prefer a good old clothesline, we have one available too.

Information technology

The Facilities

The College provides excellent IT facilities including a wireless network covering all residential floors, providing access to the University Network, internet, and colour printing. The College also has computers for student use.


Our extensive wireless network covers all parts of the College, including bedrooms, common and study areas, and the dining hall.

Copying, Printing, and Scanning

The College has two professional-grade Ricoh multifunction devices, capable of black & white and colour wireless printing, scanning, and copying.

Members receive $10 worth of printing credit at the start of the year. Once credit is used it can be topped-up by cash or EFTPOS.


Two computers running Windows 10 and Microsoft Office are available for student use.

The College also has an Apple iMac with Sibelius music software installed and a Midi Keyboard in the music room for composition work.


The College employs a full-time Information Technology Manager who provides support and looks after computing and telecommunications at the College. This means if there is a problem, it will be addressed very quickly.