Distance Students

Otago Polytechnic Distance Students

As distant students, you are usually charged for a student ID card and a student services fee – a portion of which is paid to OPSA to provide relevant services.  access for 2016 handbook here:  2016-Distance-Students-Handbook.pdf

Student ID-Cards

OPSA can post out your student ID-card to distance-students. E-mail a digital passport-style photo of yourself to OPSA’s ID email. Make sure you include your name (and ideally your student number), and the address you’d like the ID sent to.

Advocacy & Help

Got problems? OPSA is here to help. OPSA is your advocate and is here provide you with help or information on issues relating to study, grades, teachers, marking, complaints, student discipline, landlords and more. We can be e-mailed or called toll-free from in New Zealand (0800-762-786 – ask for OPSA).

Student Discounts

Check out the list of Student Discounts arranged by students’ association which are available to you with your OPSA/OP student ID-card. Please note we are currently expanding the number of discounts outside of Otago - please let as know about any students discounts in your area.

Student Job Search

You can register online or contact the team by calling 0800-757-562.


OPSA has representatives on various Polytechnic boards and committees and regularly meets with management. If you have any concerns or views you wish conveyed as a distance student please do not hesitate to let OPSA know.

Calendar/Student Survival guide

If you require a copy of the latest OPSA calendar,  you can request this from your course supervisor.


StudentNews, OPSA’s handy weekly news & features digest for OP students, is accessed here. You are also encouraged to contribute with anything of interest to OP students, e-mail the editor for more information.

Contacting OPSA

Feel free to contact us anytime with any queries, concerns or issues.

Other Handy Contacts

All Otago Polytechnic depts and services



Student IT Service Desk

0800 POLY IT (7659-48)

Email: itss@tekotago.ac.nz

OP provides distance students with remote support for IT questions and issues over the phone or using remote support tools.