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

Accommodation on the Bloemfontein Campus

KovsieInn is a guest hotel located on the Bloemfontein Campus, offering 18 en-suite rooms with a full English and Continental breakfast. Lunch and dinner are available on request. With its wheelchair accessibility and signage in braille, it is the perfect place to stay for short or long visits.

For bookings, contact Ilze Nikolova or ( +27 51 401 7775).


Access to the Bloemfontein Campus

History of the ufs

The UFS was established in 1904 as the Grey University College, with six students. Today we pride ourseleves on having more than 33 000 students thriving across three campusses. In 2003 the university brought in the Qwaqwqa Campus - situated in the picturesque Eastern Free State - and in 2004 the South Campus - nestled in the hills overlooking the vibrant city of Bloemfontein - into its fold.

In recent times, the university has put itself on the globalo stage, fostering relations with international universities and increasing international exposure for staff and students. We have hosted several local and international distinguished guests; celebrities, academics and business leaders.

We pride ourselves on producing ground-breaking research in Nanoscience, Chemistry, Plant Sciences, Biotechnology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Access Control

Visitors Centre and access control

To ensure safety and security on the university campus, visitors are required to enter the Bloemfontein Campus through the DF Malherbe gate (Gate 5), and to register at the Visitors Centre where they will be issued with a temporary access card for the various parts of the Bloemfontein Campus.

Students attending short courses

Students attending short courses are required to apply for an access card for the duration of their studies, at a cost of R65. Applications can be done online or at the Visitors Centre front desk. The application should be accompanied by an identification document and a letter from the relevant department or faculty to confirm registration and the duration of the course. For online applications visit: Apply Here

Gardens on the Red Square  

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