If you are off to the University of Potchefstroom, finding student accommodation should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we take a look at the North West University and highlight some areas and tips for finding student accommodation in Potchefstroom.
Fondly nicknamed Potch, Potchefstroom was the first town established north of the Vaal River and has a history dating back to 1838. Today a university town about 250 000 people call home, Potchefstroom has a vibrant student life, Die Bult – which hosts a series of restaurants and pubs – being a popular hangout of students.
A stunning town on its own, Potchefstroom offers all the necessities and more. MooiRiver Mall is home to around 100 stores and students and residents of the town can enjoy everything from productions at the Sanlam Auditorium, a visit to the North-West University Botanical Gardens and the Potchefstroom Museum (and a number of other museums), to name but a few attractions.
Another big annual event that most certainly deserves a mention is the Aardklop National Arts Festival.
Student Accommodation in Potchefstroom
Because Potch is a student town, you will find a range of student accommodation in Potchefstroom. A town suited to both family and student life, NWU Potchefstroom also offers a number of ‘town residences’.
Though not taking care of the accommodation aspect, students making use of private accommodation can join one of the ‘houses’ or ‘groups’, being part of the NWU student life. From sports activities to culture, joining these groups allow you to take part in various campus activities. So, if you are opting for student accommodation in the town, be sure to check them out.
For students in Potch, various accommodation options are available – from finding a bachelor flat and sharing accommodation with friends, to finding rooms to rent in Potchefstroom.
Remember that Potchefstroom is (when you have to walk everywhere) quite a big town, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing your accommodation.
- Distance from the campus: If you have your own transportation, this shouldn’t be too much of a worry, but do keep fuel prices in mind. If you do not have your own transportation, make sure that you are as close to the campus as possible. Because there are so many students, finding a lift to class shouldn’t be difficult, but keep in mind that class schedules differ.
- Renting an apartment: If you are renting an apartment or bachelor flat, you will have to consider rent and utility costs. Because you are ‘running a house’ you will have to consider everything from your electricity bill and food costs, to cleaning supplies and rent payments. If you have an apartment with more than one room, try to find a roommate that help carry the costs.
- Renting a room: If you are opting for rooms to rent in Potchefstroom, try to find a room in a house where some students might be enrolled in the same programmes as you – this might be a little bit more difficult, but it can help with situations like transport arrangements. Also keep in mind that, if you are renting a room, you will be sharing facilities like bathrooms, kitchens and general areas like the living room.
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The NWU Potchefstroom campus has entrances in Gerrit Dekker Street, Hoffman Street, Esselen Street, President Street, Meyer Street, Thabo Mbeki Street and Steve Biko Street.
If you want to be as close to the university as possible, the surrounding areas and streets to keep an eye out for include:
- Hoffman Street
- Jooste Street
- Steve Biko Street
- Gerrit Dekker Street
- Calderbank Avenue
- Molen Street
- Meul Street
- President Street
- Meyer Street
- Esselen Street
- Risskik Street
- Malherbe Street
- Reitz Street
- Dwars Street
- Borcherd Street
- Goud Street
- Note that there are quite a few areas and streets surrounding the campus and it is not limited to this list.
NOTE: Before choosing a location, be sure that it is not only close to the campus, but also close to the parts on campus you will need to attend class. Be sure to view the accommodation first and that your home away from home is in a safe area.
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View the Map below of the NWU Potchefstroom Campus to get a better idea of where the campus is located and where the most convenient places are to find student accommodation in Potchefstroom.
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About NWU – University of Potchefstroom
The North West University Potchefstroom campus is home to a total of eight faculties that offer over 30 schools and centres. Starting as the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in 1869 with only five students and two lecturers, it is today the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University.
This is also the largest campus of NWU.
Other North West University Campuses
NWU also has two other campuses in the North West Province.
The Mafikeng Campus – a standout when it comes to agricultural and animal health sciences – has a total of five academic faculties that has a total of 14 schools and a number of centres. Formerly the University of Bophuthatswana, it officially became the University of the North-West after the 1994 elections. In 2004, it became the Mafikeng Campus of the newly created North-West University.
Today the Mafikeng Campus is the second largest campus of NWU.
The Vaal Triangle Campus – which specialises in information technology and economic sciences – has a total of two faculties and seven schools. First established because of a popular demand from industry and business in Vanderbijlpark, the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education began giving refresher courses to cost accountants in the Vaal Triangle.
It grew to include part time BCom studies and in 2004 became the Vaal Triangle Campus of NWU.
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