Living at Tolcarne

Accomodation at Tolcarne has three stages, reflecting the evolving needs of the girls as they mature.

In years 9 to 11, boarders live in large dorms with three to a room, located in corridors of the same year level. It helps the girls make friends, and build social skills. Year 12 students move into double rooms, while in Year 13 they enjoy the privacy of single rooms. We also offer Year 13 students the chance to experience flatting in one of our three self-catering 5 bedroom apartments.

A Balancing Act

Tolcarne provides both structure and flexibility when it comes to girls co-curricular lives. We’re supportive of every boarder’s sporting and cultural activities, helping them balance and manage their commitments. On the academic side, we have structured homework routines every evening. It’s supervised for Year 9-11 students, while Year 12 and 13 self-manage (but are expected to be in their rooms studying from 6:30-8:00pm).


Every girl is placed in one of four Tolcarne Tribes, giving them a ‘boarder sister family’. The tribes eat together weekly, and also take part in the hotly contested Tribe Points System. Points are awarded during tribe competitions, and for keeping up with boarding house responsibilities (like having tidy rooms).


Nutritious (and delicious) food is prepared by our catering team, with enough choices to keep everyone satisfied. Meal times are flexible, as we understand extra-curricular commitments can easily get in the way of a schedule.

Dining at Tolcarne isn’t just about the food though. It’s a special part of our day, where we get the chance to have a good catch up. On Monday nights Tribes eat together, from Tuesday to Thursday our Year 13 leaders run Junior dinners, and Year 11-13 enjoy the privilege of a rolling dinner.


Tolcarne’s grounds provide a parklike setting, with large green areas, mature trees, as well as a tennis court, volleyball area, and swimming pool. Boarders can also make the most of the music suites and exercise room, or if they’re after a little peace and quiet, the sanctuary.


Weekends at Tolcarne are just like weekends at home. The girls are free to sleep in, and have breakfast in their PJ’s whenever they’re ready. They enjoy sports, or just heading into town to the movies. We organise fun weekend activities which are compulsory for Year 9 students, while the older girls are encouraged to join in too.

Tolcarne Boarding Residence

12 Tolcarne Avenue
Dunedin 9010
New Zealand

Phone+64 3 464 0074