Visitors Centre Info

Front desk:
+27 51 401 7766


DF Malherbe Drive
Gate 5

Postal Address:
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300

UFS Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 07:45-16:30
Weekends: Closed

Welcome to the UFS Bloemfontein Campus Visitors Centre


The University of the Free State (UFS) receives visitors on a daily basis throughout the year. The Bloemfontein campus of the university is easily accessible from all parts of the city. To ensure that you navigate the campus with ease, and for your safety and security, visitors are required to report at the front desk of the Visitors Centre.  The Visitors Centre is located at the DF Malherbe access gate (GATE 5), where the following information can be obtained:

  • Campus access cards
  • Parking discs
  • Campus map
  • Visitors guide
  • Directions

The Visitors Centre is open from Monday to Sunday from 06:00 until 18:00.

University of the Free State Call Centre contact information: +27 51 401 9111

About the Bloemfontein Campus: 

The Bloemfontein Campus is situated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State. Situated in central South Africa, it is the oldest and biggest of the three campuses. Undergraduate and postgraduate studies in all seven faculties are presented on this campus. The campus houses the historic Main Building and Abraham Fischer Residence, numerous new student residences, lecture and study spaces, and sports facilities. All campus facilities are available in one location and going to a class or a meeting, one can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, including the gardens, artworks, buildings, and other facilities. The magnificent Red Square with its modern, urban landscaping, celebrates the university’s diversity with its welcoming social spaces that promote a community environment. The area includes a low-maintenance and waterwise garden with lush greenery. Often, students can be found relaxing or passing the time between classes under the shady trees.

Braille-guided areas, ramps, and elevators for visually and mobility impaired students contribute to a culture of care and kindness.

Main Gate of the UFS Bloemfontein Campus

Campus Attractions

The Johannes Stegmann Gallery, located at the UFS Sasol Library Building, boasts 150 art pieces from various South African artists. 
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday: 08:30–16:30 
Contact Angela de Jesus: or +27 51 401 2706 

The Centenary Complex boastsan art gallery that  hosts the UFS permanent collection of about 1 000 artworks, including paintings, sculptural works, murals, prints, and ceramic works.
Open by appointment. 
Contact Angela de Jesus: or +27 51 401 2706  

KovsieGear is our gift and merchandise shop, located at the Thakaneng Bridge. You can buy a variety of university-branded merchandise, including clothing and corporate gifts.  Shopping hours: Monday-Friday: 09:00 - 16:00  


KovsieInn offers boutique-type guest accommodation. The 18 en-suite bedrooms ensure a comfortable stay for UFS visitors. For more information, please contact us on +27 51 401 7775 or email us at

KovsieFit is a commercial gymnasium that is firstly available to students and staff, and then to the public. Various training classes are presented, supported by a large range of apparatus. Training hours are Mondays - Fridays from 05:30 - 19:30, and Saturdays from 07:00 -  11:00.

Gardens on the Red Square  

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