OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre

84 Albany Street, Dunedin
(opposite the Central Uni Library)

Phone 03 479 5960

Open 9am-10.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am-8.30pm weekends
(reduced hours during University Holidays)


Recreation Notice Board

13th April 2017

Photography Competition Results

Congratulations to Waveney Russ, Lydia Ward and Tash Austin who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in this semesters photo comp. Also shout out to everyone else who entered. The variety and technicality of shots entered where amazing.

23rd January 2017

Summer School Cuddle Fix

Need some loving? We're hosting a very special summer school cuddle fix in association with the SPCA "Dog Squad". This will be on the 1st of February in our Activities hall from 3 - 5pm. For more info and to sign up head to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerxDvkIZYrKRbF8g_tplXeYCnKdzDlEGWofDzX14-YFJkt9w/viewform

23rd January 2017

We're back open!

It's 2017 and we're back open for the year. During the summer school our hours will be 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5:30pm on Friday. We will be closed weekends. Our full hours will kick into action starting orientation week on the 20th of February.

4th July 2016

The new Get A Taste magazine is out around Campus! It's got all the Recreation courses and activities on offer by the University's recreation services and your very own OUSA. Grab a copy today or check it out online here

6th May 2016

Poetry Competition Results

Congratulations to Larissa Hinds (with "Pith"), Mary Scriven (with "Human Architecture") and Nico Calderon-Hunt (with "Sciamachy"). These are our first, second and third place getters respectfully.

4th April 2016

Semester One Photography Competition Results

We are pleased to announce the results for this semesters photography competition below:

First Place – Jack Harker; Untitled (close up of the white rabbit in the snow)
Second Place – Katharina Kruger; Comfort Zone
Third Place – Tyson Ball; Where the Night Sky Meets the Marae

Highly Commended
Sofie Hagland Borseth – Hidden
Polo Ngugen – Vietnams Heaven
Athira Mohan – She was his Could 9
Sylvia Ayana Nikolaison – Waiting for the Shearer
Emily Robertson – Untitled (the close up black and white of the greyhound on the bed)
Abbie Wakelin – The eye of the dragon
Scout Liu - Katana

It was such a pleasure to accept all these wonderful entries. Marking was particularly hard with so much talent evident. Keep an eye out for our next competition in July.

Free to enter - entries close March 31st - email your entries to michaela@ousa.org.nz - 1st place wins a cool $100...

Posted by http://www.facebook.com/ousaclubsandsocs/">OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre on Wednesday, 2 March 2016

21st March 2016

March Newsletter

Our March Newsletter for OUSA Recreation has just been released. To stay in the know head to http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c2ff07ab4e61942319de836a8&id=4cfde0472e

17th March 2016

Lets Talk Science - Presented by ATOM Otago

5:30pm March 23rd - Amazing Guest Speakers

16th March 2016

Quiz Night Results

Congratulations to the teams Les Quizzerables, Wolf Pack and RIP Tyrian for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in our quiz night last night. We love hosting this event! We amazed at what we can learn each semester. For example did you know that the PB stands for the element "Peanut Butter" or that you can potentially each 140 Ferrero Rocher in a minute! ‪#‎mindblown‬

9th March 2016

Swimming Sport Results

A big shout out to the 150 competitors (plus support crews) who participated last night. The results are as follows:

Chanting Competition - 1st Place Salmond, 2nd Place Aquinas and 3rd Place Cumberland
Men’s Freestyle - 1st Place Ben (Cumberland), 2nd Place Jeremy (Salmond) and 3rd Place Ryan (Unicol)
Women’s Freestyle - 1st Place Elanor (Arana), 2nd Place Hannah (Arana) and 3rd Place Renee (Carrington)
Mixed Relay - 1st Place Hayward, 2nd Place Cumberland and 3rd Place Arana
Best Costume - Jamie (Cumberland)
Costume Race - 1st Place Taylor (Arana), 2nd Place Luigi (Carrington) and 3rd Place Hayley (Hayward)
Staff Relay - 1st Place Arana, 2nd Place Uni flats and 3rd Place Salmond
Bombing Competition - 1st Place Alex (Arana), 2nd Place Cam (Hayward) and 3rd Place Ash (Aquinas)
Overall Hall Winner Arana followed by Cumberland and Salmond.

OUSA would like to give a special shootout to Unicol and Cumberland who had the highest level of particpation and Torpedo 7 and Mitchells Tavern (as our spot prize sponsors. Also this event wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers so I’d like to personally acknowledge Becky, Kim, Craig, Injy, Season, Jarred, Liz, Will, Dusty, Katie, Helen, Sean, Tom, Sue and Abbey.

10th February 2016

A couple of updates for you.........

We have a FREE shop open from 9am tomorrow! Yes you heard us free. All the bits and bobs you might need to start up a flat (furniture, utensils, cutlery, electronics, coat hangers and everything in between). This will run until Friday afternoon (or until everything is gone).

Curry anyone?
We have added some super delicious curries to our frozen meal range. They are super yummy, nutritious and good value at only $6. What's better there hand made not spat out by an industrial machine. Vegetarian and meat options available.

25th January 2016

Spaces Left

We still have spaces left for our upcoming wine tasting and espresso coffee making course! For more info or to sign up head to http://ousa.org.nz/…/courses-…/course-details/summer-school/

14th January 2016

Summer School Recreation Programme

Would you like some more information on our summer school recreation programme? perhaps you already know all you need to know and are ready to sign up. Either way we'll sort you out at Activities.ousa.org.nz

21st October 2015

Exam Specials

Clubs and Socs have some cool specials to help you de-stress over the exam period. This includes free squash court hire AND free sauna's between 9am and 4pm.

We also have a free cooked breakfast on October 28th from 9am!

14th September 2015

"Discover Oman"

Come and explore the beauty of Omani culture and traditions next Sunday (1 – 4pm in the Union Hall). There will be free Arabic tattoo’s/henna, traditional food and drinks, photo shooting with traditional Omani costumes, calligraphy and more.

17th August 2015

Get creative and win some ching ching in our poetry competition

3rd August 2015

Calling all bakers! We will be hosting our first ever bake off and we want you to jump on the bandwagon.

The categories are best sweet, best savory and best presentation. There are over $500 worth of prizes to be won so it’s not something to miss.

To enter bake your goodies and bring them in next Friday between 9am and 11am.

21st July 2015

Photography Competition

Calling all photography fanatics! Whether you have the latest digital camera or just your sturdy old smart phone we would love for you to send us your snaps.

You can send them to michaela@ousa.org.nz for the rest of the month (just be sure that it fits with the theme "Recreation" [which i'm sure wont be too hard]).

For all the T's and C's click on our courses and tournaments page.

16th July 2015

Recreation Programme

The first week of our recreation programme has kicked off with a bang. Many of our courses have sold out and some even have waiting lists.

If you missed out this round we have another batch starting in September. Head to http://www.ousa.org.nz/recreation/ to find out more

25th June 2015

Room number changes

Just to confuse you all we have re numbered our study rooms. This way we hope actually makes sense (from left to right they go upwards).

Old New
6 1
5 2
3 3
4 4
2 5
1 6

17th June 2015

Get A Taste Booklets Have Arrived

To grab your copy come into the centre, head to the link display or have a look at the electronic copy here.

Download PDF »

4th June 2015

We are DESPERATELY seeking clothes for our rumage sale on Monday. Please if you have any old clothes (that are clean) could you please drop them off at the Recreation Centre.

All funds will be going to Nepal and unsold clothes will be donated to charity.

28th May 2015

New Competitions

Alongside our current line up for semester two (photography, poetry, quiz night, table tennis and poker) we now have 3 more awesome competitions. These are Laser tag, Darts and for the first time ever a Bake Off!

For more information or to sign up click on the courses and tournaments tab on the left.

22nd May 2015

Let us hook you up with our exam time specials.

12th May 2015

What's New this Week?

Winter has made a grand entrance so we will now be adding porridge to the menu at our FREE breakfasts! If your feeling the chills (or the effects of an empty wallet) come along to the Recreation Centre between 9 and 10am weekdays

Half Year Squash Memberships Now on Sale!
We're about half way through the year so we've slashed our memberships by half price. For full access to our courts (as a student) it's only $52.50. For more details come talk to the Recreation Centre team.

Blues and golds nominations are now open! The blues and golds awards are the highest honours OUSA can present to students who have excelled in sport or culture, or services to these. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised get in touch with the recreation team.

Next Monday (the 18th of May) we will be "putting the kettle on" for our very own Oxfam Morning Tea. This will be held in the Otago Room from 10am - 12noon. If you would like to donate some baked goods please get in touch with the centre. Otherwise we'll see you all there for some cheap goodies.

6th May 2015

Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Sarah Reese (with "Rambling"), Calista Fung (with "Two Brothers") and Larissa Hinds (with "Walking Home") our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in this semesters poetry competition.

Also a shout out to Jessica Thompson (with "Uncertainty") and Joachim Torrano (with "I was young when my heart broke").

29th April 2015

Enrolements are now open!

You can now sign up for our fantastic semester two recreation programme. Just click courses and tournaments (to your left) to see everything on offer.

20th April 2015


Congratulations to Lingnan Kong, Vibhas Sofat and Vic Yin our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of this semester's table tennis competition.

This is now the 5th time winning the competition!

8th April 2015

Photography Competition Results

Thank you to all those who participated in this semesters competition. We had our largest amount of entries EVER. Honestly such an awesome array of quirky, unique, funny and technically awesome photo's.
Congratulations to Aneta Albrechtova, Freya Sawbridge and Laura Roberts who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Also shout outs to Alfred Pardoe, Fachry Ramadyan, Rose Yip, Francheska Dela Cruz, Tessa Mackenzie, Janice Huang and Nick Low for there commendable photographs and Sophie Aitkin for the funniest entry/title.

1st April 2015

Our April Newsletter is Out!

To catch up on all your recreation gossip head click on the "Recreation Newsletter" tab.

16th March 2015

What a hand!

We have just received a fresh batch of playing cards. Pop into the centre to grab your flat a pack. FREE, on us of course.

10th March 2015

Gallipoli Games

We have been formally invited to the Gallipoli Games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is huge and soooooo00000 exciting. They will be held on April 23rd - April 29th so not a lot of time to get a team/s organised.

3rd March 2015


Just a reminder that our first grant round closes March 12th, 4pm. If you have any inquiries (even if you think they're silly) please contact us.

26th February 2015

We're on the Facebook Bandwagon

Like us on Facebook (OUSA Recreation Centre). Be sure it's the one with our "cartoonised" picture and $3 lunch sign NOT the other one that's really old and no-one admins.

We promise to keep you updated with relevant and interesting stuff and the odd freebie.

5th January 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone for what is sure to be a great 2015.

If you haven't heard already the centre is back open on reduced hours from 11am to 7pm weekdays (closed weekends). These hours will continue until ori week where will kick back into full gear.

We have heaps of things happening during summer school...... Thursday $3 lunches and and a comprehensive rec programme.

Get into it

5th December 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Recreation Centre is now closed and will reopen on the 5th of January. From this time until the 16th of February opening hours will be from 11 - 7pm weekdays and closed during weekends.

Note you will not be open to make room bookings during this time. If you want to make a room booking you will need to come into the centre or call us on 479 5962

25th November 2014

Enrolments are now open for OUSA’s 2015 Recreation Programme.

Over 100 courses and activities in the areas of Art, crafts, cooking, beverage, language, music, sport, exercise and health.

Get in quick for your early bird discount!

5th November 2014

2015 Summer School Rec. Programme

Our programme is out! and we hope your in!

African Drumming, Bootcamp, Calligraphy, Digital Photography, Guitar, Irish Step Dance, Mandarin, Paua Jewellery, Pilates, Singing, Ukulele, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Casual Yoga and Wine Tasting.

Jump on board for biggest and best summer programme yet.

8th October 2014


Our famous $5 yoga is sticking around right up until December.

So if your around after exams and need to get that auora (not to mention bod.) gleeming pop in on wednesdays 12 - 1noon or monday and thursday evenings from 6 - 8.

8th October 2014


Don't forget we still have free breakfast's running at the recreation centre EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING.

We've got all your basics covered and every now and then we through in a cooked breaky or fresh pastry mmmmmmmm yummo

8th October 2014


There will be 1/2 Price Sauna's And Squash Court Hire during the exam period.

8th October 2014


With exams soon approaching the battle for study space is about to begin.

The rec. centre is a nice back up (FREE OF CHARGE) to the central library which is often packed out around this time.

Our rooms (large and small) offer seating, tables, whiteboards and good honest warmth. We also have kitchenettes, toilets and food onsite to set you up for the day.

23rd May 2014

Enrolements are Now Open!

Registrations are open for our semester two recreation Programme. Arts, craft, dance, food, beverage, language, music, sport, exercise, health and tournaments.

You want it we've got it.

Sign up today

3rd April 2014


Wow what a competition! 134 individual entrees and all of a fantastic standard. There can only be 1 winner however so the bragging rights go to Keryn Speight with his photo "Long Time Waiting".

Our other place getter's were:
2nd - Katherine Rose Vles
3rd - Yin Hsien Fung
3rd equal - Kanoko Sano
4th - Megan Woodhead

Highly commended:
- Jon Keyzer
- Alex Carrol
- Amanda Goh
- Ella Williams
- Emily Poon
- Kate Cory Wright
- Laura Roberts
- Magnus Holding
- Tyler Bilecky

If you would like to check out the entries we'll be posting them shortly on Facebook. We will also have them up in the centre from next week.

27th March 2014

Check out the OUSA Recreation Centre Newsletter for April

Download PDF »

5th February 2014

Sem. 1 Get a Taste booklets are now out! It’s got everything you need to know about recreation on campus including recreational activities, courses, events, awards, grants, clubs, hire and so much more. Grab one from the link or come in and see us.

22nd January 2014

OUSA Recreation Centre Newsletter - February

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10th January 2014


Check out whats happening and whats coming soon!

Download PDF »

6th January 2014

The OUSA summer school rec. programme is starting NEXT WEEK! Shed that holiday weight with Yoga, Pilates, Capoeira or Women’s Self Defence. Not quite ready to fight the bulge? How about ukulele, art on the wild side or guitar? For more info or to enrol head to http://www.ousa.org.nz/recreation/courses-and-tournaments/course-details/summer-school/

3rd December 2013

2014 OUSA Summer School Recreation Programme

The 2014 OUSA Summer School Programme is now locked in. Head to the courses and tournaments tab > Summer School to check out all the options.

Sign up now! before you miss out.

Happy holidays

30th September 2013

Around in 2014? have a special skill or talent that you would like to pass on?

The Recreation Centre are currently looking for recreation tutors to teach next year.

Contact Michaela Hayes at michaela@ousa.org.nz for more info

8th August 2013

OUSA $5 Dinner Menu 12 - 15th August

Mon - Chicken and vege curry with steamed rice or Vegetrian (V) Pakora's with vegetables

Tue: Slow Roasted beef with potatoes, pumpkin and pan gravey OR V - Pumpkin/lentil lasagne with veges

Wed: Chicken pasta back OR V - Polenta cake with veges

Thur: Corned beef with mustard sauce and mash OR V - Corn and green onion fritters with veges


1st August 2013

A big shout out to all those who participated in this semesters photography competition. The prize winners are as follows:

First Place: Cameron Hunt with "The Fek's"
Second Place: Abbie Brasch with "2536"
Third Place: Penzy Dinsdale with "Tim the Mighty"

Highly Recommended Photographers:
- Whina Pomana
- Alex Carrol
- Amy Luckhurst
- Ryan Taylor
- Sophie Brenan
- Xurika Teramura

Want to check out the entries? some of the entrants will be displaying their pieces at the upcoming Art Week. Go check it out!

1st August 2013

A big shout out to all those who participated in this semesters photography competition. The prize winners are as follows:

First Place: Cameron Hunt with "The Fek's"
Second Place: Abbie Brasch with "2536"
Third Place: Penzy Dinsdale with "Tim the Mighty"

Highly Recommended Photographers:
- Whina Pomana
- Alex Carrol
- Amy Luckhurst
- Ryan Taylor
- Sophie Brenan
- Xurika Teramura

Want to check out the entries? some of the entrants will be displaying their pieces at the upcoming Art Week. Go check it out!

9th July 2013

WE ARE LIVE!!!! Head to the link below to book your own rooms at the OUSA Recreation Centre


# simple # effective #Brilliant

28th June 2013


From the first day of semester two you will be able to book rooms (at the Rec. Centre) online. No longer will you need to come in and flick through page by page by page.

# simple # effective #Brilliant

Watch this space for more info.

24th May 2013

Semester 2 Rec Programme Enrolements NOW Open!

We have it all - cooking, sport, exercise, languages and dance, old fav's and noteworthy news.

Click on the courses and tournaments tab or come in and see us to sign up or for more info.

6th May 2013

OUSA Second Semester Poetry Comp.

Thanks to all those who entered in this semesters poetry competition. The competition attracted more people than expected and the quality of work was outstanding. Congratulations to Rhys Livingsonte (with his poem Symphony), Charlotte Bremer (with Cold War) and Greg Faxon (with How to be Smooth) for winning first, second and third place respectively. Also well done to the highly recommended poets of Oliver Hailes, Haldis Anderson, Mika Mintz and Madison Hamill.

First Place Poem (Symphony) written by Rhys Livingstone

交響樂 (symphony)

This is the things I have done,

and where I have

Where, and for who, and for how long.

I have lent my heart to wild creatures,

even though,

long before I was born,

Truman Capote had already burst millions of people

on the perils of that very same subject.

This is for saying that I’m not sorry,

and this is for saying that I won’t be angry too long, but

just long enough.

This is for saying things loudly when they are meant to be kept silent,

and this is for keeping things silent when they ought to be shouted.

This is for scenes of long past days,

and this is for acts and stages yet to be set.

This is for curtain calls,

and this is for understudies who have entire lives rehearsed,

but never get called upon to perform them.

This is for having exactly the right number of chances,

and this is for making one decision at the expense of another.

This is for seagulls who fight over my chips on the harbour,

while I devise clever puns about letting chips fall where they may.

This is for convenient promises that accumulate themselves,

slowly but surely,

and this is for convenient responses to convenient promises.

This is for Thomas Walls;

no cities, no doors, no places.

This is for the man that said things are beautiful if you love them,

and this is for Cheri,

who said that we spent a whole lifetime searching for what we always already


This is the shame of having your back to the wall.

This is people you’ve never seen,

being a shadow of loving what everyone else hates.

Of loving, but then, not loving anymore.

This is when something worth fighting for

is the mother of living as though you’ll never die,

and being the son of grieving for it now.

Second Place Poem (Cold War) Written by Charlotte Bremer

Beautiful in the sun's dark slithers,
Usually hidden away,
A gleam within your eye jumped out as if to grab me,
But I caught it before it could.
We sat at opposite ends of the table
Staring at each other
In our own secret cold war.

I ripped out your hair
sucker punched you in the stomach (sucker)
drew blood from your cheek,
with my stares (not my nails).

You blinked, So did i win?

You turned to look down towards your hand,
And in your grasp,
Bright and dark and rich and vibrant red,
I see my own heart beating in your palm.
No, guess I didn't.

Third Place Poem (How to be Smooth) Written by Greg Faxon

Embarrassment is always tethered. It is a twisted phone cord in a wireless world. It is the glue that sticks to my fingers. It is what binds us. I am naturally clumsy. When I slip and fall, the first thing I do is look around. For you. Because I know shame is born from caring. At twelve years old I ripped a hole in the crotch of my pants. Twice. The first time, I was alone and I don’t remember what happened next. The second time, I was at school. I am still blushing. I am sitting across from her and my hands are shaking. It’s the thoughts in my head. They feel like bats. They have made dating very difficult and sitting across from her now I cannot promise I won’t spill my drink on that white dress.

3rd April 2013

Congratulations to Geoff Horsburgh - this semesters third place getter in the photography competition.

3rd April 2013

Congratulations to Phillip Gibney - this semesters second place getter in the photography competition.


3rd April 2013

Congratulations to Moritz Katz for winning this semesters photography competition.

11th February 2013

Miss out on the Summer School Recreation Programme? Dont fear the Semester One programme will be around before you know and registrations are already open.

Click on the courses tab for more info!!!!!

8th February 2013


Looking for something different to do this semester?

Getting involved in clubs and societies is a great way to make the most of student life. At the University of Otago we have over 100 clubs and societies which are run for students, by students through OUSA. These clubs and societies offer a multitude of possibilities from sporting, cultural and religious groups to political, fanatical and the weird and wonderful. Whatever you’re into,

you’re bound to find something right up your street.

So come along to CLUBS DAY at the OUSA Recreation Centre, (formally Clubs & Societies), 84 Albany Street on Wednesday 20th February 2013, 10am-4pm to sign up to one of our fantastic clubs!


Proposed OUSA Redevelopment

OUSA renovations briefing slideshow 2012

OUSA renovation briefing note

20th November 2012

Here for Summer School?

Check out our awesome Summer School Recreation Programme with over 10
activities to choose from!.

Aerial Silks, Boxing, Cafe Coffee making, Kickboxing, Pilates, Quiz Nights, Rock and Roll Dance, Swing Dance, Ukulele, Womens Self Defence and Yoga. There is something for everyone!!!!!!!!!