Affiliated to the University of Otago, it counts among its alumni no fewer than eighteen Rhodes Scholars.
Many of its residents have gone on to serve with distinction in their chosen fields, including academia, politics, religion, science, music, the arts, and the professions of law, medicine, dentistry and commerce. With a strong tutorial programme, excellent study spaces, including the magnificent Hewitson Library, and peer support groups, the College does everything it can to provide its residents with the support they need to attain their academic goals.
Don't let the distance deter you! It's an easy walk. And for those weekdays when you're feeling a bit weary, a free shuttle service is available to bring you back to the College from Uni.
And once you get here ... WOW! The grounds, buildings and facilities are just magnificent.
In 2013, the main Tower Block underwent a major earthquake proofing and refurbishment programme. The College's other accommodation units were refurbished in the Summer of 2019-20. Put those two things together, as well as having one of the safest and most beautifully maintained heritage buildings in the country, Knox also boasts the most modern accommodation to be found anywhere on the University campus.
The College is home to 262 undergraduate and postgraduate residents, about a quarter of who are returners.
An active Knox College Students' Club (KCSC) plays a major role in organising College affairs and providing a sense of continuity from one generation of students to the next. The valuing of tradition is evident in some of the names and titles around the College. For example, the Head of College is known as the Master; residential assistants are called Sub-Masters; the College has a ceremonial officer called the Beadle (a highly sought-after position among the residents); the dining room is known as the Great Hall (which has a Hogwarts feel to it); and one of the common rooms is called the Buttery. Dinner on some Sunday nights is a formal occasion with a dress code, served tables and entertainment between courses. Occasional themed dinners such as the very popular Harry Potter Dinner add another dimension to the Knox dining experience.
Our vision is to be a world-class residential college where students are part of a community that affirms and empowers every resident, expands thought and outlook, encourages service, fosters leadership, and builds strong bonds of friendship.
Our whakatauākī is: Ko te toa i a tini, i a mano o te takata - It is the bravery of a multitude, of thousands of people.
This Ngāi Tahu whakatauākī refers to the strength of collectivity, and testifies to the vibrancy of the living tradition which Knox represents, stretching back over 110 years, but also reaching into the future as each cohort of students contributes to the Knox story and legacy. It is attributed to Tū Whakauika & Te Oreorehua.
Just about everything you need to know about living at Knox, including its rules and regulations, can be found in the Residents' Handbook.