New student residence to open in Empire Road

Yale Village set to inspire student community.

Students at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), University of Johannesburg (UJ) and other campuses in the Braamfontein area have a new accommodation option: the new Yale Village on Empire Road will open its doors at the beginning of 2017.

Developed by the Respublica Student Living property fund, a joint venture between Respublica and Redefine Properties, the first phase of Yale Village will offer 330 beds for students to occupy, with the completed second phase bringing a further 1 000 beds into play.

“Yale Village is an extension of Respublica’s vision in creating state of the art student accommodation that incorporates world class amenities and facilities. This is the standard that discerning students – aspiring to live in a vibrant student community environment conducive to learning and living – have become accustomed to,” says Craig McMurray, CEO of Respublica.

Yale Village will offer a variety of accommodation options to meet students’ differing needs in terms of affordability, privacy and luxury. Room types vary from shared rooms and apartments for up to eight students, to single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to a well-equipped shared kitchen.

Regardless of their choice in accommodation, students’ residence fees include access to all of the facilities on site, which include unlimited WiFi broadband access throughout the building, as well as the gym, swimming pool, study rooms, computer lab and common areas that have become synonymous with Respublica’s residences.

Yale Village is strategically located on WITS doorstep to maximise the convenience for students. The residence complex includes landscaped outdoor areas, creating the feel of a village green and expanding residence common areas to flow smoothly between indoors and outdoors.

“At Respublica, we know that the students’ environment outside their lecture environment plays a massive role in their academic success, which is why we create secure facilities with a holistic approach to taking care of all that they need to achieve academic success,” says McMurray.

Respublica’s portfolio of residences includes Saratoga Village and The Fields, which provide accommodation for University of Johannesburg, Central Johannesburg College and University of the Witwatersrand students. In Midrand, Pearson International Midrand Campus services students from Pearson International (ex MGI). In Pretoria, West City, Urban Nest and Eastwood Village accommodate students from Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria. In 2017, Hatfield Square, Respublica’s newest 2 200 bed development, will open its doors to students in Pretoria.