Funding your student accommodation

One of the major problems faced by students is the lack of funding for student accommodation. After all, if you are expecting to get your degree it is always recommended to stay closer to school.

With the rising demand in student accommodation, you would think there would be funding going around to help you secure not only your studies but also accommodation while you are studying. There are many ways you can acquire student accommodation.

Here is a list of some funders for student accommodation:



The green bank has responded to the shortage to accommodation funding. As the need for student accommodation in South Africa increases, Nedbank has come forward with the opportunity to provide students funding for quality accommodation at selected universities.

This gives students the opportunity to enjoy studying and top quality accommodation with security benefits, communal facilities all in a student environment.

NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme)


Many of the questions asked by students is “does NSFAS pay for student accommodation?” Yes! But this depends on the EFC (Expected Family Contribution). This means that students will be expected to make a contribution to their studies.

However, if you are eligible for an allowance, tuition and accommodation, you can fund your student accommodation with NSFAS. This can either be on campus or outside the university.

Many of the private accommodations outside the universities such as South Point and CampusKey, have arrangements with NSFAS. So although NSFAS might pay for the 10 months, you might be required to pay the deposit as well as buy your own grocery and kitchenware as many of them are self-catering accommodation.



Eduloan is a student financial aid scheme. It is a bank loan for students, especially those with part-time jobs. So if you have a part-time job and want to further your studies and pay your accommodation, this is the financial institution you should consider.

They are pro-students, meaning you have a lot of accommodation that you choose from. It can be student residence on campus or college, a student commune or an independent accommodation outlet close to your university or college.

All you have to do is provide them with the information from the accommodation provider and they will let you know if you qualify.

As a student, the least of your worries should be accommodation. Government has also realised the shortage of student accommodation and is doing something about it.

Research has shown that the student accommodation market is only growing and has become another reason for growth in the economy of the country. It has attracted interest from investors, developers and even private accommodation operators nationwide.

Being a university student has become very possible for many South Africans, however the climbing numbers of students in the country is also increasing the need for accommodations, so instead of traveling, you can live closer to school and focus more on passing your studies.

Are you looking for student accommodation? For flats to rent in Limpopo and our nine provinces, visit the Junk Mail website.

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39 Responses

  1. Gilbert Ngobeni says:

    I’m a first year Students at Wits University. I need accommodation around Bramfontein and I heard you guys are the best in business can you help me.I need a single or double sharing room as long as it is full furnished.

  2. silima rendani says:

    Next year u will be studying at UJ an I need accommodation but I was wondering if the bursury can pay for one outside school

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Silima,

      Thank you for asking. You will have to contact the company supplying the bursary to find out the details regarding accommodation.

      Thank you for visiting Junk Mail.

  3. Zikhona says:

    HELLO. I’m in the University of Pretoria currently and looking for funds for my accommodation around Hatfield where my campus is. Thank you

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Zikhona,

      We would like to suggest that you contact student housing or the student administration department for find out if there are any support programmes for students who need assistance. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  4. palesa says:

    Greeting,I’m looking for accommodation as of the 1st of Feb around Hatfield,sharing. Fully furnished

  5. Elsie says:

    Am a learner at flavious Mareka college in Sasolburg campus I would like to be funded with money for accommodation and food because I don’t have a taxi fee

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Elsie,

      We would like to suggest that you contact student housing or the student administration department for find out if there are any support programmes for students who need assistance. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  6. maria says:


    I need help with finding an accommodation around Richard’s bay I will be a first year student
    @ unizulu bay campus. Please help

  7. RAYMOND M. LONG says:

    That is very helpful from just what I have read from this page. Other people do not have have access to this information or affordability for internet access. I would like to know more about the accommodation funding of Nedbank. And how can I be a link for Ned Bank to find this students who are in need of accommodation funding.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Raymond,

      Your best option would be to contact Nedbank directly to find out about their requirements are.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  8. Prudence says:

    Hey …
    Am an N1 student at the Tshwane North College and i wanted to know if NSFAS can fund my accommodation and what do i need for the application

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Prudence,

      You will have to contact NSFAS to discuss the matter with them.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team.

  9. Minenhle says:

    I’m a first year UNISA student studying in Durban campus, I don’t wanna study on long distance learning I wanna be close to school but I’m struggling financially.. Can I also be assisted on students loan?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Minenhle,

      We’d like to suggest that you get in touch with companies willing to help student with loans to find out what their requirements are.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  10. roman says:

    i am a single child with a mother earning between 10 000 and 15 000. was wondering if theres any way for me to get a bursary paying a normal flat, tuition fees , transport and even virgin active if possible for the rest of the year, as mother has expenses and we cannot afford Pretoria technical college. i am due to start in July 18

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Roman,

      We’d like to encourage you to contact the abovementioned institutes to find out about their requirements to offer assistance.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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  12. hlomla Matiso says:

    l also need accommodation ,l need to be close to school so l am struggling financially

  13. thubelihle says:

    i also need accomodation

  14. lucky says:

    Hey, I’m Lucky i need help with accomodation for next year 2019 i will be studying at UJ (APK campus)

  15. Obakeng says:

    Hi I would like to know if nedbank can assist me with accommodation if I am under nsfas but studying at Unisa I live in Pretoria

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Obakeng,

      We’d like to suggest that you get in touch with Nedbank to discuss this with them.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  16. Nancy Mapula Seale says:

    I’m a student at EWC college at Kempton park and I applied for nsfas and I only got R1095 in January and I pay rent where I live so I want to know that I’m I going to get the same amount this month

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Unfortunately this is not something we can answer. We’d like to suggest that you get in touch with who issues the money and ask them.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  17. Victoria says:

    I am currently doing my postgraduate studies and do not have accommodation. I am not on a bursary either and my family income is not enough to qualify me for a loan. Which other sources can I look into?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Victoria,

      We’d like to suggest that you get in touch with your institution’s student affairs department or a student councellor who might be able to steer you in the right direction.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  18. THEMBINKOSI says:


  19. Ofentse says:

    Am a student at sefako makgatho university of health and sciences, I need an outside accommodation around pretoria CBD because I’ll be using the student transport everyday to the campus,as the accommodation inside the campus is always full

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