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Matric’s guide to student accommodation: UNISA

With over 300 000 registered students, the University of South Africa is the largest university in the country. It also falls amongst the largest universities in the world, hence the title Mega University.

Founded in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, UNISA has been a beacon of educational transformation in South Africa. Following the introduction of long-distance mandate in 1946, the institution caters to the educational needs of students with the flexibility of correspondence.

UNISA has seven regional headquarters in South Africa, with several campuses also located in the country’s provinces; these include East London, Bloemfontein, Sunnyside, George, Richard’s Bay and Ekurhuleni to name a  few. Although the nature of the institution does not require on-campus student accommodation, several students move closer to campus. This reason for this, however, is related to work-opportunities as the campus are usually positioned in city centres. The Pretoria Muckleneuk Campus for instance forms a major landmark in the capital, while the Sunnyside campus and Florida campus in Johannesburg are hubs of student activity.

Although UNISA offers great flexibility, often times students need to complete practicals at other universities. This sometimes means that they have to find temporary student accommodation close to the chosen institution. Staying at a guesthouse or bnb for a prolonged period can be costly. Luckily, renting out a room with local residents offers a less expensive and more welcoming alternative.

Find a room near UNISA:





Free State


Western Cape