University of the Free State UFS Residence Application 2020

What are my options?
A variety of accommodation options exist, both on the campuses and in the residential areas surrounding the university. Accommodation is not guaranteed when an applicant is accepted as a student.

On-campus Residences
The UFS has only single-sex residences which cater for senior and junior students in single or double rooms, with shared bathrooms. Senior students may also qualify for on-campus apartments. Rooms in residences are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and curtains and are equipped with central heating and Internet access. Residences for women have access control.

Off-campus Accommodation

Off-campus accommodation could take the form of an apartment or house shared by a group of students, full board with a famil,y or a garden cottage. Students living off campus are divided into so-called city residences to afford them the same opportunities to become involved in sport and cultural activities on campus. provides wonderful resources regarding UFS-accredited off-campus accommodation.

What are the costs?
The cost of accommodation is as follows:

  • Junior residences range from R2000 to R3000 per month (excluding meals);
  • Senior residence ranges from R2360 to R3620 per month (excluding meals);
  • Kovsie Inn ranges from R3 600 – R4 800 (including breakfast).

A variety of accommodation options are offered by the university, i.e. on-campus and off-campus accommodation situated in the surrounding residential areas. On-campus accommodation is not guaranteed when an applicant is accepted as a student. The application form for campus accommodation is attached to the application form for admission. Please ensure that the form is completed correctly to avoid delays. 
For more information, please consult the UFS website and navigate as follows: 

  1. In your browser, enter
  2. Click on the Students tab
  3. Click on Residences
  4. Select Female or Male residences
  5. Complete applicable form and submit 


On-campus accommodation is difficult to come by unless students reserve rooms. Single-sex residences cater for senior and junior students and offer single or double rooms with shared bathrooms, or apartments (senior students only). Rooms in residences are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, curtains, and linen. All residences have access control. The cost of accommodation in a campus residence varies between R1 800 and R3 180 per month (excluding meals). Visit http:// for more information. 
Some residences have communal kitchens, although students could also make use of two dining halls offering three meals per day on a meal account payment system, or a variety of cafeterias. 


  • No travel expenses / You do not need a car or commute by bus or taxi to campus. 
  • You do not have to buy furniture. 
  • There are always other people around, so you can interact with different students. 
  • You are within walking distance of shopping malls.
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An annual international administration levy is payable by all international students. This fee is additional to the annual registration fee payable by all students at the UFS; it is non-refundable and expires at 31 December of each year.

International students from SADC countries pay the same tuition fees as South African students. However, students from non-SADC countries will pay 50% more per module on their tuition fees.
All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required to pay the full tuition fee for the academic year prior to registration.

International students will not be registered for programmes if fees are not paid in full (or have evidence of sponsorship).
Accommodation fees in UFS residences are also payable prior to registration.

Payment dates


  • January: first payment – the fee must reflect in the student’s account five (5) days prior to registration
  • 31 March: second payment – pay all first-semester fees
  • 30 June: third and final payment – settle tuition-fees account in full

The required fees must be paid into and reflect in the student’s account at least five (5) work days prior to registration. A student’s registration will only become official once all the required fees have been paid, courses and personal particulars for the year at the UFS have been confirmed, and an official invoice/proof of registration has been issued.

Undergraduate student fees vary according to subjects enrolled for in a given year, while postgraduate students pay a set fee.

UFS Placement Policies

It is very important to take note of the following academic requirements for junior residences on the:

Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses:

  • A minimum Grade 12 admission point of 30 is required for admission in a residence.
  • Your academic merit is determined based on the most recent admission point as calculated by the university (whether Grade 11 or Grade 12 point).
  • If you were admitted to a residence based on the Grade 11 point and the Grade 12 point is less than 30, your admission to a residence will be cancelled.
  • If your current admission point is less than 30, you can still apply for residence accommodation. You will qualify for admission to a residence (subject to availability) if your final Grade 12 admission point is 30 or more.
  • If you are currently in the University Access Programme (UAP), you will qualify for admission to a residence if you pass all your modules.
  • If you were registered at the UFS or another tertiary institution for the second or subsequent years, you must have passed at least 120 credits to qualify for admission to a residence. Current first-year students will qualify for admission to a residence based on their Grade 12 admission point.
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South Campus: Admission to a full-time programme on the South Campus

  • If you were provisionally admitted to a residence on the Bloemfontein Campus prior to your final Grade 12 results becoming available, and your final results indicate that your studies encompass an extended curriculum programme at the South Campus, such provisional admission shall automatically be transferred to a residence on the South Campus.
  • Your admission is in all cases subject to you meeting the conditions pertaining to the aforementioned admission.

General admission requirements:

To place balanced students in residences, the highest level of achievement in respect of leadership, culture, and sport is taken into account and calculated as follows:

  • School level = 4 points
  • Provincial = 8 points
  • National = 12 points
  • International = 16 points

The application point is calculated by obtaining the total of the admission point (weighted at 2/3) and general admission point (weighted at 1/3).

Contact details of junior and senior residences:

(Women) Monica Ramsoomar: +27 51 401 3455 or

(Men) Vanisher Khetha: +27 51 401 3562 or

Visit our residences at: for more information.

Application for UFS Residence Accommodation

To become a resident, you need to:

  • Complete the application form for admission as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that you complete the forms correctly to avoid delays.
  • Keep your breakage deposit ready in case you are selected for placement in a residence (refer to the placement procedure on the application form).
  • Take note of the academic admission criteria for residences. Make sure that your admission point meets the criteria.
  • Indicate your involvement/achievement in leadership, culture, and sport.