Junior Residences

A strong and healthy residence spirit characterises student life on the campus.  Nowhere else in the country does a campus accommodate so many students in residences in such close proximity as on our campus.  This ensures a wonderful campus spirit that is unique to being a Kovsie.

Living in any of our residences on the campus is a wonderful experience, as each residence has developed a strong residence spirit over the years.  Great traditions have been developed, which come to the fore strongly in several areas and make a considerable contribution to the colourful campus life.  This camaraderie lives on among former students, and reunions are held regularly to strengthen the bonds.

Each residence constantly endeavours to maintain a sound balance between academic work and fun and games.  An amount is divided annually among the residences that perform the best with regard to academics, sport, culture, and diversity.

A Residence Head is in charge of each residence (including city residences).  The Residence Head is assisted by a Prime and a Residence Committee (RC), which are separately and jointly responsible for the orderly and civilised management of the residence.  They also ensure that residence rules are complied with, and accept responsibility for everything that occurs in the residence.

Furthermore, the Residence Head fulfils the role of substitute parent, serves as contact person for the parent, and looks after the interests and education of each individual first-year student in his/her residence.

The Junior Residences available for ladies are: 

  • Akasia
  • Emily Hobhouse
  • Kestell
  • Madelief
  • NJ van der Merwe
  • Roosmaryn
  • Soetdoring
  • Vergeet-My-Nie
  • Wag-’n-Bietjie
  • Welwitschia
  • Harmony 

The Junior Residences available for men are:

  • Abraham Fischer
  • Armentum
  • Beyers Naudé
  • Karee
  • Khayalami
  • Tswelopele
  • Villa Bravado

Co-ed Residences  available for men and ladies:

  • ConLaurês 
  • Outeniqua 

The Junior Residences possess the following facilities:

  • Electronic access at residences;
  • Double and single rooms furnished with a cupboard, bed, desk, chair, and bookshelf;
  • Communal bathrooms;
  • Kitchenettes situated in passages;
  • Computer rooms with computers;
  • Intranet points at each bed;
  • Fridges can be kept in rooms;
  • Communal laundry and ironing rooms – free of charge;
  • Reception area (where first-year students are on duty);
  • Entrance hall with ablution facilities for visitors;
  • Gazellie – for residence meetings and other activities;
  • Men’s gazellie in ladies' residences – for receiving visitors;
  • TV room;
  • RC room;
  • Public phones;
  • Some junior residences have undercover or basement parking;
  • Courtyard;  and
  • Residence Heads living on the premises at all the ladies' and men’s residences.

Senior Residences


Senior accommodation on campus is aimed particularly at meeting the accommodation needs of a senior student.  Residence in these accommodation categories is much more individualistic, and much fewer activities are presented.  These accommodation categories are managed by a Residence Head, together with Sub-wardens who are appointed for a calendar year.



Admission to senior residences, student flats, and rooms takes place strictly according to admission requirements and applications – Placement Policy: Senior Accomodation.

The Senior Residences available are:

  • Boomplaas;
  • Karee Annex;
  • Kiepersol;
  • Madelief Annex;
  • Marula;
  • Pre-fabricated Houses;
  • Pres Steyn Flats;
  • Pres Steyn Units;
  • Student Flats;
  • Student Rooms;  and
  • Welwitschia Annex.

Day Residences (Residence communities with no accommodation units)

A day residence is a residence that is not a building, but consists of residents who live off campus in private homes, student houses, townhouses, flats, rooms, etc. The students who are members of the day residences must arrange their own accommodation in the city and off the campus.

These students who live in the city are free to decide whether they want to join one of the day residences. Each day residence has a gazellie (or a large lounge with a kitchen and bathroom) on the campus where the 'residents' get together to hold residence meetings, to study or just to socialise. The gazellie provides the day students with a place where they can get together, since they are widely distributed all over the city.

The purpose of a day residence is also to give students who cannot live in a residence on campus the chance to participate in organised student activities. It is of great importance to the university to also give these students the opportunity to develop as total or balanced persons – through participation in academic and non-academic activities.

As in the case of campus residences, a Residence Head and Residence Committee are in charge of each city residence. These persons are responsible for managing the day residences and seeing to it that all activities that are offered, take place within the rules of the university.

Within the day residences, students can participate in all activities also offered by campus residences. As in the campus residences, each Residence Committee member has a portfolio (e.g. Prime, Culture, Academics, Sport, Rag, First-years, Finance, etc.), and is responsible for arranging activities within that specific portfolio. The city residences also compete against the campus residences in the different activities.

Membership of and Participation in a Day Residence

All registered students who do not live in one of the university’s residences, senior residences, student flats or rooms, are automatically members of a day residence. Participation takes place by means of association and dissociation – the city student therefore has a free choice to join one of the day residences.

The first opportunity for participation in or introduction to the chosen day residence takes place on the Saturday afternoon after the official welcoming of new freshmen students and their parents.

Different Day Residences

  • The city students have the choice of joining one of seven day residences, namely:
  • Female Students: Marjolein, Sonnedou, or Arista
  • Male Students: Veritas or Legatum
  • Unisex: Kagiso or Imperium