FAQs

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  • addWHEN CAN I REGISTER AT THE RESPUBLICA RESIDENCES?
    You can register with us in advance of the academic year. Remember to book early because if you leave it later than early February you may miss out.
  • addWHAT DOES MY RENT INCLUDE?
    Your rent includes everything except for meals and transport. However, transport at Eastwood Village, Urban Nest and West City is included in the monthly rate. Each residence may differ slightly, but your rent is all-inclusive and you do not have to pay for electricity, water, use of the gym or computer facilities. Wi-Fi access is also free and uncapped.
  • addHOW LONG IS MY LEASE AND DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
    Depending on what residence you choose, there may be a university head lease in place. The length of that lease will be prescribed by the University accommodation office. Should you let from us privately, leases range between 10 and 12 months in length. All students are required to pay a breakage deposit which is fully refundable should there be no breakages and your rental is up to date. In some cases, NSFAS funded students do not have to pay the deposit, this is university specific.
  • addWHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME WHEN I MOVE INTO A RESIDENCE?
    Each room in the residence is equipped with the following: bed, mattress, study desk, chair, and cupboard (with shelves and hanging spaces). Each apartment or single studio room is also equipped with a stove, microwave and a fridge, so we do not allow students to bring any of these items themselves. However, students do need to bring cutlery and crockery, bed linen and towels.
  • addWHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?
    Fridge, microwave, toaster, bar heater or any kind of furniture (as noted just above). If you want to bring your own bar fridge please clear this with our Res Manager before you arrive.
  • addHOW DO I DO MY LAUNDRY?
    All residences have laundry rooms, equipped with washing machines and driers. The use of the laundry rooms is free of charge for current residents. Note that we do not supply cleaning materials, powders or detergents.
  • addWILL I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?
    You will have access to uncapped Wi-Fi throughout the res. After you have checked in, please log onto your SM profile and activate your Wi-Fi account. Please see the Res Administrator if you need any further assistance. And for those that do not have their own laptop or PC, there is a PC Lab onsite where you will be able to go online and work on university projects.
  • addAM I ALLOWED TO BRING MY CAR? AND WILL THERE BE PARKING AVAILABLE?
    Yes, you are allowed to bring your car and parking is free. For your access sticker, contact the Res Manager of your residence.
  • addI DON’T HAVE A CAR, HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO GET TO CAMPUS?
    For most of our residences, campus is in walking distance. However, there is transport included in the monthly rent for Urban Nest, Eastwood Village and West City. For students living at Roscommon House, you can catch the UCT bus that has a stop just behind the res.
  • addWILL I BE ABLE TO DO MY SHOPPING NEARBY?
    All our residences are located close to grocery stores. If you don’t have time for shopping, you can also enjoy the home cooked meals supplied in the canteen where applicable.
  • addWHAT ABOUT MEALS? CAN I USE MY FUNDI CARD FOR MEALS?
    All of our residences offer a high standard of meals at prices that students can afford. Yes, Fundi cards are accepted in the canteens in all residences.
  • addDO I HAVE TO VACATE MY ROOM IN THE HOLIDAY PERIOD?
    We only require you to vacate your bedroom in two cases: on expiry of the lease, or if it is a policy of the University that you leave the residence during the holiday period. Other than that you are welcome to stay with us during the holiday periods. Should you wish to leave your belongings with us over the December break you would have to follow the standard pre-booking process with the residence management staff.