NMU Residence Fees

Residence Down Payments, Deposits & Registration Fees

All outstanding academic and residential debt must be settled before the down-payments can be paid.

The residence down-payment of R4800 is expected of every prospective resident student before residence registration.  Post-dated cheques in respect of down-payments are not acceptable. 

The residence down-payment is the first advance payment towards residence fees.

Residence registration is subject to the academic enrolment of a student. 

The residence fee is raised on the account when the student registers for occupancy of the room. 

Rooms will only be reserved for students who have no outstanding debt and who have already paid the tuition and residence down-payments by the required dates.  Applications for residence accommodation by far exceed the number of available rooms, therefore it is very important to make the required payments in good time.

Instead of a down-payment, International students are expected to pay 50% of their annual residence fees prior to registration and the balance thereof is due before the start of the second semester.  

Down-paymentsAll residences R         4,800.00JanuaryBefore registration
Breakage depositsStudent Village 1-6 R           950.00Once offDebited to account
 Student Village 7 R           450.00Once offDebited to account
 Indwe, Ikomia, Protea R           600.00Once offDebited to account
 All other residences R           450.00Once offDebited to account
 Off-campus Differentiated Once offDebited to account
Registration FeesAll residences R           500.00AnnuallyDebited to account

Down Payment Exemptions

The following students are exempted from paying the residence down-payment, provided that any outstanding debt is fully settled before registration:

  • Sponsored students where the sponsor’s commitment covers the accommodation fee;
  • NSFAS successful candidates, if the loan covers the accommodation fees; and
  • Nelson Mandela University bursary students if the award is sufficient to cover tuition and residence down-payments. Prior to registration written confirmation of the grant/award amount is required from the faculty/department concerned.  If the amount is less than the required down-payment, the student will be expected to make up the difference before registration.

Residence Registration Fees

Students staying in any of the Nelson Mandela University residences are liable for a residence registration fee of R500.  The fee is debited to the student’s account and is payable every year. 

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The payment date for residence registration fees is 30 April and 30 September for new second semester intakes.

Residence registration fees are not refundable under any circumstances.  A student remains liable for the registration fee in the event of residence cancellation.

Residence fees for the period January to June (semester 1) must be fully paid by 30 April.


Residence fees for the period July to November (semester 2) must be fully paid by 30 September.

Students with outstanding semester 1 residence fees will not be re-admitted into residence in the second semester until the first semester debt is settled.

Fees per Residence

Upon registration, residence fees are raised per semester for the full academic period. Residence fees cover only the academic semesters and exclude the winter and summer recess periods.

Students are responsible for their own laundry. 

Residence fees do not include a provision for meals. 

Registration changes are dependent on the previous semester’s residence fees being paid in full.

Late occupancy credit will only be considered on confirmation from the Student Housing Management provided that the room was not reserved for the student and that all required down-payments have been paid. Residence occupancy after the payment date (30 April for first semester and 30 September for second semester) is subject to immediate payment of the residence fee until the end of the particular semester.

Residence fees for International students are payable in advance prior to commencement of the respective semesters.

 2017 Student Account Guide (967 kB) (see page 15 for residence fees)

Residence Cancellations, New Occupancies & Room Changes

It is advised that room changes, new occupancies and cancellations only be done at the end of a month as residence fees are determined per month.

For residence cancellations during the course of a month, students will be liable for the remainder of that month’s residence fees of the vacated room. 

For room changes done during the course of a month, students will be liable for the full cost of that month’s residence fees of the vacated room as well as the full month’s fees for the new room.

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The student must cancel his/her housing in writing addressed to Residence Admission and Placement office (RAPO) or via e-mail to resadmissions@mandela.ac.za with the following information: name, student number, current housing assignment, and reason for cancellation;

Cancellation will be processed only after a student has officially withdrawn from the residence, removed his/her personal belongings from the room and returned the room keys to the Residence Manager;

Cancellations are subject to a one calendar month notice period. In the event of a student failing to notify the Residence Manager of their withdrawal, the student will remain liable for residence fees until such time that the Residence Manager is informed of the vacancy of the room as well as and including the one calendar month notice period.  This will not apply in the case of student death or on the recommendation of a medical practitioner with accompanying evidence;

For new occupancy during the course of the month, the student will be liable for the full cost of that month’s rental;

Vacating Rooms

All students are advised to complete and sign the Check-In forms before room occupation as you will take full responsibility for the state and condition of the room you are about to occupy for the semester. There is a different form for each residence and the forms can be requested from the residence managers

Proper check-out procedure is to be followed when a room is vacated at the end of the semester. Failing to follow proper procedure waives individuals’ rights to appeal any/all damage charges;

When a student vacates a room, all original furniture must be in the room and the room should be free of litter and all personal items;

Residents will be billed if furniture needs to be assembled and/or replaced, if extra cleaning is necessary, or if personal items have to be removed by the University;