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Accommodation = loving where you live! A home away from home will take your academic journey to the next level – and Mandela University has loads of on-campus residences and off-campus options available in both Gqeberha and George. 

Our first-year students share a room with another first-year and all our new incoming students are encouraged to have their meals in our dining halls to help with integration into university life and to foster lifelong friendships.

Accommodation options for both first-years and existing students are on North, South, Second Avenue and George Campuses. As space is limited, we would encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.


South Campus Residences

  • Hostel complexes divided into flats (17 students per flat)
  • Free laundry facilities (washing machines/tumble driers) in each building
  • Spacious lounge areas
  • Meal options: dining hall, student-run tuckshop, nearby shopping complexes in Summerstrand.

North Campus Residences

  • Double bedroom with shared bathroom on floor?
  • Communal lounge area
  • Meals: dining hall and on-campus food courts
  • Access to recreational and sporting facilities (tennis courts, swimming pool and sports fields).

2nd Avenue Campus Residences

  • Male and female students in separate housing complexes
  • Double rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Spacious communal lounge in each residence with small entertainment area
  • Limited self-catering facilities on each corridor
  • Centrally located for easy access to various shops (groceries and general)
  • 2km from North and South Campuses in Summerstrand
  • Easy walking distance to nearby beaches.


If you aren’t able to secure accommodation in a campus residence, don’t sweat – we offer accredited, off-campus accommodation that is within walking distance of the University, or situated along our shuttle service route.

A range of flats, apartments, houses and communal residences that comply with the University Accreditation Policy, has been selected so that you’re connected with campus life, even if you’re not living there.


  • Three traditional residence options
  • Dormitory-style residences (mostly first-years)
  • Newly-developed accommodation cluster
  • Small houses (six students per house) across campus (mostly reserved for senior or postgraduate students and have self-catering facilities/limited laundry facilities).

Students have access to on-campus gym facilities, a swimming pool, rugby stadium, nine-hole golf course, football and cricket fields, tennis and squash courts, mountain bike and hiking trails - all at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains!

George off-campus options
We have 467 beds for students, with 112 spaces reserved strictly for first-year students (male and female).

How much does it cost?

Residence fees vary depending on the type of accommodation that you have been allocated. In addition to the standard residence fee, an initial upfront down-payment, breakage deposit, and a registration fee are required.

Download the Nelson Mandela University Student Accounts Guide prior to arrival for a breakdown of your residence fees.

Applying for accommodation

  • The closing date for all residence applications is 30 September.
  • You need to be accepted by a University faculty before you can be considered for a place in any of our residences.
  • Receipt of your application for accommodation will be acknowledged, but this does not guarantee a place in any of the residences.
  • Accommodation is limited, so apply in good time. No late applications will be considered.

Safety & Security

  • 24-hour security for safety of students and their belongings
  • Close-circuit cameras in strategic places within all residences
  • Access control at all entrance doors
  • A Security Officer (who is a trained paramedic) lives on-campus in case of emergencies
  • Rules and regulations govern all residences and students must comply with these.

For more information, please contact:

What about COVID-19 protocols?

We look forward to welcoming our new students onto a safe, secure and health-friendly campus. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority – new guidelines, standard operating procedures, contact details and compulsory safety measures have been developed to support you as we gradually return to campus. 

Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols

We look forward to welcoming you to Nelson Mandela University. Start your journey with us and change the world.

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