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Moving to Stellenbosh next January
Posted October 13th, 2012 - 5:51 pm by from Montevideo, Uruguay (Permalink)
Hello everybody,
I'm moving to Stellenbosch next January for 7-8 months (I'll do my master thesis in winemaking there) and I'm wondering what is the best option for accommodation. Ones offered on the campus or a shared house in town?

I would prefer to find a room in a shared house but may be the campus will be easier to get in touch with people.
Also, if I choose the shared house, I think I'll look for it when I will be there, is it easy to find one in a few days (I'll arrive mid January)?

Last question, is anyone working/studying in the oenology department?

I’ll be really thankful for your help.


Posted October 13th, 2012 - 7:16 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
here is info on university accommodation, and you can also find out about private accommodation - just follow the menu on the left


and you can email these guys at


i can highly recommend concordia international student residence as i lived there for three years. it's got a great mix of international and local students and is really affordable.

Posted October 15th, 2012 - 2:19 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)

Hey, the intenet links suppied by Andries Heyns is correct - here is the formal information:
Accommodation is offered in two forms:
•Those administered by the University – in the form of rooms in student houses and furnished flats/apartments. Students provide their own bedding and crockery, and no meals are provided. Computer network points are also provided in all units.
•Those offered by agents or private owners.

Even though the Postgraduate and International Office deals mainly with university accommodation, various private owners also provide us with information on available accommodation. In such cases the Postgraduate & International Office will only establish initial contact between owners and students.

Different accommodation (not managed by the university), can be found in various publications and online media:
•Consult the classified ad section in the local newspaper (Eikestad News)
•Contact the Department of Housing at Stellenbosch University for a list of Private Accommodation (Ms. Elmarie Eygelaar)
•Visit the PGIO website to view a range of letting agencies
•View the notice boards at the Postgraduate & International Office and elsewhere on campus once you are in Stellenbosch.

Please note that the Postgraduate & International Office does not negotiate on behalf of international students and that we cannot guarantee the quality/standard of private accommodation. We do not accept responsibility for any possible problems arising from a students' private accommodation. We would however, upon request from the student, book a room in a backpackers.

Posted October 15th, 2012 - 2:25 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
I would think that it will depend mainly on your budget. There is obviously some advantages to living on the campus (the ability to safely walk home after a night out is probably the biggest of these). But apartments are expensive (I would guess 800$ US would be an average cost per month for a smallish 2 bedroom apartment located centrally on campus). Living in a shared house off campus is generally cheaper (anywhere from 200 - 400 $ US/ month for a room) and more value for money (rooms are bigger, some houses have gardens etc.).

Stellenbosch is not a big place and you can generally get around by walking or with a bicycle (I studied there for four years and walked everywhere), however I would not recommend walking around alone at night (except for in the designated "green areas") especially if you are female.

Lastly, I would think that it is better to arrange accommodation sooner rather than later. Stellenbosch is a very popular town and it is difficult to find good deals on accommodation. Tenants usually give notice before end of November, and new tenants contracts start on the 1st of January. This means that if you start looking for a place midway through Jan the only places left will be the ones that no one else wanted due to the price/condition.

Posted October 16th, 2012 - 5:09 pm by from Montevideo, Uruguay (Permalink)
Great! Thanks to the 3 of you for your answers.
I'll look for the campus this week then

Posted October 17th, 2012 - 12:05 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
sorry to reply so late, but my current roommate; might not study next year and we might need a person to replace him if that's the case. Its a mini house which accommodates three people and has a small garden, the living arrangements would include my friend steph, you(possibly) and myself.We both engineering students I'm final year next year and she is a year below me. Its right on campus and the rent is R3200 which is roughly 400 us dollar according to the current rand to dollar exchange rate. The street name is karee street no 14. of the corner of banghoek right in front the engineering building, check it out on google maps, its a really nice place in a safe area. just keep in contact with whats happening and if i find a place that's in a decent place ill let you know otherwise in january if my current roommate does not study we would love to have you stay with us. Coenrad has given you the most accurate information so there really is not much i can say to that regard.

Posted October 17th, 2012 - 5:52 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Hello everybodies

I recently received acceptance into Stellenbosch for my honours in Journalism 2013. I am super excited to be potentially getting out of Jhb, but I have not made up my mind fully (Yet when I imagine myself next year I always seem to be in Stellies, so that could be a lie)

The information on this group re accommodation has been extremely helpful, so thank you to everyone.

I just wanted to find out from those who were in res/ university accommodation - are there strict living rules in terms of curfews and noise levels and people coming to visit etc? I think this is a big factor in my decision about where to stay.

Hey Karabo, if Canelle has other plans I could be interested in being roomies? Of course, Canelle has first say.

Thanks everyone for the help!

Posted October 17th, 2012 - 6:53 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Depends which res you go to. if it's academia then partying and so on is more tolerated and visitors and so on basically come and go without any problems although it may technically be against some rules. i'm in the postgrad res of academia so in this section it's really quiet but here also visitors basically come and go even though there is a three day rule or something. obviously if you're postgrad you'll end up either here, academia, concordia or some other (more monitored) accomm catering for postgrads.

Posted October 17th, 2012 - 6:54 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
oh yeah, no curfews at any residences.

Posted October 19th, 2012 - 12:28 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Kim:I'll let you guys know officially if the room becomes available and as girl res is really restricted so you might want to opt to stay in digs like us or a flat.Aca is keef, but after a while I'm sure it will get to much since you will be here to get your honours its also pretty expensive for the set-up the provide in my opnion.Ill let you know if I here anything on my side.

Posted October 19th, 2012 - 12:35 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
sorry just to let you both know when we get someone we need someone who is going to be there for a full year, because that will be how long we have a lease, just keep that in mind, otherwise you would have to find someone to replace you for the remainder of the months and steph and myself would still need to be ok with the new person.shot

Posted October 19th, 2012 - 12:45 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
If they're interested in accomm just for uni time and looking for not too much noise, House MacDonald is fine (and really not expensive, less than R3000 a month for a bachelors). That's Feb-Nov. Concordia is a bit more expensive but a lot more fun. Also Feb-Nov and reasonably priced (cheaper than most places). The basic aca places are expensive (and for rich Joburg/Durban kids) and a ripoff.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 - 1:37 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)

Hi, I am currently a second year in res and I would recommend that you rather consider applying for a 'post grad' residence, such as Huis de Villiers, or go for a flat/student house.

I have noticed that the more senior students in res tend to get annoyed by the first and second years and they are also not always as keen to participate in residence activities.

And havn't the res applications already closed? But if you have applied and do get accepted - (I feel) that the rules are not that strict. There are no curfews. The most general rules are just to keep the noise levels down and guys are only allowed in the rooms on Saturdays and Sundays from 18h30-23h30.

Hope this helps?

Posted October 22nd, 2012 - 1:48 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Yeah I forgot to mention Huis Div. It's also a pretty cool place and lively and is awesomely located, but you have less freedom there than at the others I've mentioned before because of when people are allowed in your room. The other post-grad residences don't have that silly rule. If you don't plan on having friends over too much (especially opposite sex) then Huis Div is a cool option.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 - 5:50 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Wow this group has been so helpful.
I just got word that there has been a place reserved At Huis De villiers for Journalism Hons students and is still available if I am interested.

From what I can deduce, most Res's are already full and there is a long waiting list?

From what you have said it does seem like a great option (except for the no guests part - especially because my boyfriend lives in CT and long distance this yr is not something I would like to repeat hah!)

Anyway, they want to know asap so I am thinking of just putting my name down and if things don't work out I can make plan B.

Posted November 27th, 2012 - 6:58 pm by from Montevideo, Uruguay (Permalink)
Thanks Karabo for your room, unfortunately I won't stay a full year.
Anyway, I didn't succeed to grab a room on the campus so I'm looking on gumtree now ;)

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 1:05 pm by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Hi Amandine,

As fate would have it my current housemate is leaving to teach in Korea from January! I live on a wine farm roughly 10kms out of Stellenbosch (muratie.co.za)

Things are a little uncertain as to date of availability at the moment as I have just bought a kitchen for the cottage and I think it will be installed in January. If all goes to plan then the room will be available from Feb.

Rent will be R3300 and includes all water, electricity, garden maintenance (I have a big veggie patch) and uncapped internet.

If you are interested send me a mail with any questions...


Posted December 10th, 2012 - 11:36 am by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Whether you stay on campus or in town it will not make too much of a difference. Town is slightly further but if you plan to get around on bicycle you won't even notice the extra distance. As for the accomodation, I think it might be hard to find a shared house (we call it a digs) at this stage. But you may be lucky. I don't think you will find it any harder to connect with people if you stay in Town as many students stay in town (Especially postgraduate students) & it is very close to campus.

If you can find a shared house it will be an easy way to make friends & get to know people. I willdouble check if I know anyone in the oenology department, no one I can think of off the top of my head, but I will let you know if I do.

Just shout if u need any other advice

Best of luck, I'm sure you will love Stellenbosch

Tudor James Grimbly

Posted December 16th, 2012 - 1:04 pm from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Posted January 30th, 2013 - 7:49 am by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
I'm also looking for a calm student :) but we are 10km out of Stellenbosch on a wine farm. Our coffee is pretty good but i get the feeling that Latrinus' may be better :).

Posted February 14th, 2013 - 6:46 pm by from Montevideo, Uruguay (Permalink)
Sorry for the late answer but I already found my room weeks ago (I would have loved to live on a wine farm though). Thank you to both of you.

Posted February 15th, 2013 - 5:46 am by from Stellenbosch, South Africa (Permalink)
Hi Victoria

Are you guys still looking for someone to stay on the farm?