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Group Description

The guts of this group is to record, preserve and commemorate the sometimes ephemeral, sometimes enduring, phenomenon of the Dunedin student flat.

Student flats have changed a great deal over the years. As late as the 1975 men and women weren't permitted to flat together. The mixed flatting issue came to a head in 1967 when students held a "live in" protest. James K. Baxter's poem, "A Small Ode on Mixed Flatting" (1967) is an entertaining window into the time.

The 1990s saw the beginning of brand new apartment style student accommodation being built. But most of us, at some stage I'm sure, have lived in one of the ancient run down houses or ex-miners cottages in the student ghetto.

A first flat is a right of passage. It's a first home away from the parental home and that may be one of the reasons behind flat naming.

For more than a couple of decades now, Scarfies (Dunedin students) have been lovingly naming their flats - "Footrot Flats" and "Pink flat the Door" are two of the oldest surviving. Often the names are sexual in nature, evoke the local drinking culture, or contemporary pop culture. Sometimes they're professionally crafted, sometimes they're hand painted, sometimes they're written straight on the door in vivid.

Whatever the case, if you live or lived in a flat in Dunedin, New Zealand, and named your flat, record it here. Upload a photo. If you see photos of a flat you lived in on the group, add a comment if you can with details about when you lived there.

Group Rules

Just a couple of things ...
All photos must show the name of the flat, or flat sign.

Your flat name or sign may be rude but I don't want to see any nudey scarfie antics or parties, thanks.

I'm particularly interested in people stories and memories of these flats too - so any discussion or comments attached to photos would be awesome.

Feel free to link between photos - eg flat you've lived in, flats which have been renamed over the years (eg Eltsac Castle)

To aid findability please add:
1) A street name in the following format (if you remember it) eg castlestreet
2) A year eg flats2000

Check out the Dunedin Flat Names map.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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