An Otago University student who went missing after leaving a friend's flat on Monday night has been found in Alexandra.

Sophie Acklin, 18, was reported missing after she did not return to her home in Halfway Bush after visiting a friend at a central Dunedin flat on Monday about 8pm.

Her mother Salu Acklin had said her daughter was normally a fun-loving person, but was in a "pretty fragile state'' due to some personal problems over the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Ross of Dunedin police confirmed Sophie had been found in Alexandra early this afternoon.


He would not comment further, saying the family had not authorised him to do so.

She was yet to be reunited with her family, and police in Alexandra were understood to be talking to her.

A post on a Facebook page set up by her friends, Find Sophie Acklin, said Sophie had used her bank card in Alexandra.

The post urged people in Central Otago to keep an eye out for her car, a light blue 1990 Toyota Corolla.