Important accommodation information for all UP students

Posted on February 14, 2017


According to reports, there are a number of registered UP students who claim to be in need of a place to stay.

University accommodation is limited, but the University is able to accommodate approximately 15% of the UP student population in UP-owned residences, leased accommodation and accredited spaces. In allocating places in UP residences and leased accommodation to students who applied on time in the previous academic year, the Department of Residence Affairs uses a set of key criteria. Academic eligibility and academic achievement are chief among these criteria. Other secondary criteria include neediness and year of study. Preference is given to first-years. As is the case at all other universities in South Africa, the vast majority of students live at home and commute, live with family, or make use of other forms of private accommodation.

The Temporary Student Committee, through the University, can assist academically deserving students who applied for student accommodation but have not yet been placed to find suitable accommodation. The accommodation includes places in UP residences that become available on a continuous basis or places at accredited accommodation providers. Please note that at this late stage the places that are offered to students may not necessarily be their first choice.

In addition, after engaging with the Temporary Student Committee, the Executive of the University has made available a number of beds in Hatfield Studios for students who have confirmed NSFAS funding for 2017.

Students who are registered but have not been able to find accommodation are advised to approach the Temporary Student Committee at their helpdesk currently situated at the UP Sports Campus and are available until 17 February 2017.

Students who have outstanding debt should go to the Student Accounts Desk at the Sports Campus to make an acceptable arrangement before you can be placed in a residence.

For your convenience, the park-and-ride service is available to transport students between the Hatfield Campus and the Sports Campus. Vehicles depart from the parking lot at the corner of Herold Street and Duxbury Road every 15 minutes.



- Author Department of University Relations

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