Durban University of Technology DUT Residence Application 2019-2020

Student Housing, as a component of the Student Services Division, is in support of the division’s philosophy of being concerned with the overall welfare, development and educational success of our students. In doing so, Student Housing undertakes to provide accessible, affordable accommodation conducive to learning in a safe and healthy environment, whilst providing opportunities for resident student empowerment and advancement.

Our interests and concerns are to ensure that the personal, social and academic development of students is achieved through participation in proactive programmes which address current issues and problems, as well as assisting in the individual’s adjustment to the community at large. We shall do this by taking an active interest in the academic progress of students in residence and providing the necessary support or proper referrals on serious issues affecting students. We shall encourage community involvement and participation in the development of resident students at the Durban University of Technology.

Returning Students
All returning residence students and currently registered students are able to apply using the online system at the University’s computer labs for the following year. Students who are doing in service training or returning to the University should apply by either phoning the department or emailing details of your postal address to request an application form.

New applicants
First Time applicants should request an application form from the Student Housing Office by either phoning the department or emailing your postal address. The completed Application form is to be returned together with the application fee to the Student Housing department.

Residence Admissions
The Institution recognises that it is important to provide residential accommodation for students, especially for new first-year students, to allow them to make the necessary adjustments to cope with the academic challenges that lie ahead and their journey into adulthood. An undergraduate student shall therefore be admitted in the residences for a period of no longer than four continuous years.
The catering residence shall be allocated on a ration of seventy five percent (75%) new first year students and twenty five percent (25%) returning students. This in line with philosophy of providing residential accommodation at higher education, that is, every assistance must be given to allow new first year students to make the necessary adjustment from the life of being at home with parental guidance, to a life of academic demands and independence.
The self-catering residences shall be primarily for senior students who, it is believed, have made the necessary adjustments, and thus have to become independent in terms of planning for their academic activities, viz-a-viz their social life.
New first-year or returning students will be eligible for admission or re-admission to all DUT residences, subject to the following conditions:

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  • Full payment is made before registration or on production of DUT approved letter of authority, from a sponsor, a bank loan approval, Financial Aid recipients, or other arrangements made through the Office of Student Housing.
  • Satisfactory academic progress by achieving a fifty percent (50%) overall pass rate of the subject/courses/modules registered for in the previous year or semester.
  • Satisfactory conduct accepted personal behaviour and a good disciplinary record.
  • Accommodation shall be for the sole use of the allocated student in each semester.
  • Should a students academic registration lapse or be cancelled at any time during the semester, all rights to accommodation will be terminated immediately and the student will be liable for full residence fees for that period.
  • Any students whose guest are disruptive, break the residence rule, or cause damages, may result in exclusion of the student concerned.
  • First preference shall be given to applicant students out the Durban Metropolitan area and other applications will be considered on their merits.

Read here for the list of Student Residences

Quick Fire Questions on Student Accommodation

1. How do I apply for student residence at DUT?

Via SMS or online system. New students will receive forms via the Admissions department which accompanies the offer or by requesting it from the Department.

2. Who qualifies for student residence?

Students residing outside a 50 km radius of the eThekwini Municipality. Full Time academically registered with 3 or more Subjects.

3. When and where do I apply and register for student residence?

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You can apply online at computer labs in October the previous year or via SMS.

4. What documents do I need to bring when applying for student residence?

A letter of acceptance from the department together with any proof of residence and your ID.

5. How much will I pay while staying at student residence and how can I pay?

Residence fees vary at different residences. An initial deposit is payable and students have to pay for their first semester fees by 30 June of that year.

6. Can I choose the student residence I prefer to stay in?

Choices are made but due to limited space we are unable to adhere to every request.

7. I have changed my mind about living at student residence and have already made a payment to the university. Will I get a refund and will I be penalized?

There is a deadline date for first time applicants to inform us and a full refund will be given. Students who have taken occupation will be given a refund once we have found a replacement.

8. Where do I apply and register for student residence?

Online at computer labs via SMS. Registration for residence is done at the Fred Crookes Sport Centre.

9. Will there be certain times of the year when I need to vacate my room and student residence?

Yes. During the June/July vacations and December/January vacations.

10. What are the contact details for DUT Student Housing?

Gate no 5, Steve Biko Road. Tel: 031 373 2492/4/2185/2217

Contact Details

Snr Finance Officer: Indira Khiramen
Tel: 031 373 2494
Email :
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Admin Officer: Nomaledi Ndlungwana
Tel: 031 373 2492
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Admin Officer: Thembelihle Zwane
Tel: 031 373 2217
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

The IEP Department has a database of private accommodation located close to the university.