Living at Knox Today
Knox College, 104 years old in 2013, is one of New Zealand’s best-known university residential colleges. Affiliated with the University of Otago, Knox is currently adding over 30 rooms and upgrading every room in its main Tower block. In 2013 it will be home to 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is a College with a spirit of enthusiasm and a proud history.
Knox is situated on a tranquil bush-clad hillside site just 15 minutes’ walk through Dunedin’s Botanic Garden to the University campus. Its stunning buildings and exceptional services and facilities are an outstanding example of how well students can live while working hard and enjoying life to the full in a close-knit community.
A very high proportion of residents return for a second year. Because of this continuity, Knox provides a stable and supportive community where first-year students can come to grips quickly with the life-style and traditions of Knox, as well as the requirements of university.
Knox residents have a high rate of academic success, especially in the most demanding academic areas of the University.
Under the direction of our highly-qualified Executive Chef, the College kitchen provides each resident with three tasty and nutritious meals each day, seven days a week. Each meal comes with a vegetarian option and at dinner there is a choice of two different meat dishes. Early and late meals and packed lunches are available for those whose lectures, labs, tutorials or sports practices fall during or close to meal times. The kitchen is able to cater for those with special diets.
The Head of the College holds the traditional title of Master of Knox College. He lives with his wife in the Master’s Lodge, a separate residence on the site of the College. He is assisted by the Deputy Master, who also lives in a separate residence adjacent to the College. Resident Sub-Masters live in the College to look after the well-being of the residents and ensure a safe and supportive environment.
Accommodation Fees at Knox College are set annually. Fees for 2012 were $345 per week for a single study bedroom and $350 per person for a set of rooms (two single study bedrooms linked by a shared lounge). Fees are calculated over a 38 week academic week.
All undergraduate residents are required to pay an annual Activities Fee of $250. There are also charges made for private internet connections and other optional extras such as gym membership.
The College has a number of rooms set aside specifically for postgraduate students. These rooms are within their own wing, separate from the undergraduate accommodation. Postgraduates, called Fellows in Residence, are members of the College’s Senior Common Room.
The College Blue Book is a comprehensive guide to Knox College. It includes procedures, rules, disciplinary regulations and policies with which all College residents must be familiar. It is updated regularly and is published on this website. The last update was 30 July 2012. The Discipline Appeals Process outlines procedures to be followed if an appeal is to be made against a disciplinary decision made by the Master.
All current and intending residents are provided with a Residents’ Handbook, which is a printed shorter version of the Blue Book. A 2013 version is currently in circulation.