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Free Budget Advice

On-campus:  Tuesday 13 September 2016 and Tuesday 11 October 2016.

The UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team, in association with Kingdom Resources, is offering a free budget advice service to students and staff at UC.

This confidential service will be available on Tuesday 13 September and 11 October 2016 from 9:30am-1:30pm.

Appointments are required for the available time-slots: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, or 12:30pm.

The appointments will be held in Room 123, Puaka-James Hight Building.

Please email your preferred appointment day and time to: help@ucsa.org.nz.

Dunedin on a budget

Getting there:

1.  By road: car or bus 5 hours one way. Popular bus networks include InterCity, nakedbus and Atomic Shuttles.

2. By air: plenty of flights run everyday to and from Dunedin. Bear in mind the airport is quite far from the city centre. Also, if on a tight budget it’s a lot cheaper by road.

Staying there: Plenty of budget and backpackers accommodation available. Unfortunately there isn’t a YHA but my favourite place to stay is Manor House Dunedin.

Things to do:

Art and culture:

Museums: Otago Museum,  Toitu  Otago Settlers Museum – both free

Galleries: Public Art Gallery – free

Gardens: Dunedin Botanic Gardens (free) , Chinese Gardens ($6 student fee)

Heritage buildings: St. Paul’s Cathedral, First Church of Otago, Dunedin Prison, Dunedin Railway station, Otago Daily Times Building (all with free entry) and La Ranch Castle and finally Olveston House Tour for a $18 student fee.

Factory Tours: Speights  Brewery Tour and Cadbury World Tour. $25 and $20 respectively for the student fee. And there’s unlimited beer at the end of the brewery tour!


Beaches: Tunnel beach (2 hour walk from the carpark), Victory beach, Aramoana beach, Bluesky bay, Long beach, Sandy beach and St. Clair.

Tracks and viewpoints:

Signal Hill, Pineapple track, Mt. Cargill and Silver Peak and the infamous Otago Penisuala and its regions.

Unfortunately I don’t know what the beaches and tracks are like as it was freezing when I was down there and frankly speaking, I got lazy and preferred the warmth in my room rather than the ice cold winds outside!

Have you been to Dunedin before? Anything else you reckon can be done without spending too much? Comment below and let us know.

Eggcellent toasted sandwich

Hungry? Yes. Lazy? Yes.

Solution: egg toasted sandwich. It’ll fill you up with very little effort. Here’s how:

  • Plug in the toasted sandwich press and put in a slice of bread, buttered-side down, straight away so it starts cooking.
  • Slather on some relish – I’ve used beetroot chutney but standard tomato relish is great too.
  • Layer some ham, or cooked bacon if you’ve got it!
  • Cut a few thick slices of cheese and arrange to form a square egg-nest.
  • Crack an egg into the nest – the cheese will secure it so it doesn’t run everywhere.
  • Place another slice of bread on top, buttered on the outside, and cook for a good 10 minutes.

Voila; a satisfying meal made with almost no effort in 10 minutes – brilliant!