How to apply for residence placement

Prospective Applicants

Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate applicants may apply for accommodation together with their study application online. It is not necessary to complete an additional form. Applications for the University of Pretoria open 01-March each year. A preferred residence of choice may be indicated on the application but placement cannot be guaranteed.


If a student wants to apply for residence after the UP study application has been submitted, he/she can do so online on the UP Portal.


Note: Postgraduate Applicants: Only students who are applying for a postgraduate study programme may apply for postgraduate residences. These applicants are considered once the student has been provisionally admitted for a postgraduate study programme.


Residence of choice: Students who wish to apply for a specific residence may indicate their residence of preference in the space provided on the online application. Placement at a preferred residence cannot be guaranteed as residence place is very limited.


Health Science Applications: Students applying for a study program in the Health Science field first apply for placement at the Groenkloof or Hatfield campuses. As soon as the student is admitted for a health science program they will automatically be moved to a residence at the Prinshof campus subject to the availability of place.


Renewal of placement for current residing students:


Current residing students must apply to renew their placement every year. Application is available on the UP Student Portal at the start of the second semester. You can get the information here. It is on page 1.


Due to limited place, it is usually not possible to re-allocate all current residents placement in a residence for the following year and placement is considered on academic merit.

New Senior Applications:

Registered students who have not previously resided in a residence can also apply on their Student UP Portal. Applications open at the start of the second semester.

Placement is not automatic and is subject to availability as the demand for residences is greater than the availability. Placements for non-residing students are also based on academic merit.

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