Residence Life

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Residence Life is a platform provided to residence students to have enriching living experience. Residence Life is based on a 5 pillar model (Academics, Leadership, Community Engagement, Culture and Sport).


To provide quality accommodation, which enhances developmental and academic opportunities.


Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge.

Committed to providing residences that are:

  • Safe
  • Hygienic
  • Categorized and Market-related

The values guiding all University activities include:


We encourage and inspire free, independent and critical thought aimed at developing a better future for UJ and society by:

  • Shaping the future by encouraging an imagination-driven vision of the future;
  • Developing a cosmopolitan identity and a culture that embrace diversity;
  • Exhibiting ambition and drive;
  • Creating an environment conducive to free, independent and critical thought that inspires ‘bright ideas’ for the enhancement of our academic and community uplifting endeavours.


Through facilitating open, respectful and meaningful dialogue, we encourage an inclusive environment that embraces diversity by:

  • Leading consultatively and constructively and making wise decisions collectively;
  • Learning together from and through our diversity;
  • Providing platforms and opportunities for meaningful engagement with one another and our stakeholders through mutual respect and listening;
  • Creating an inclusive environment and nurturing the diversity of cultural expression through processes of mutual interaction, support and empowerment.


We are dynamic, progressive, responsive and innovative in our endeavour to provide access to global academic excellence and to promote the common good in a sustainable way by:

  • Developing sustainably through creative contribution and renewal;
  • Making positive change through innovating for the common good;
  • Taking advantage of opportunities;
  • Providing access to students to excellent educational opportunities across a wide range of fields and disciplines and at various levels;
  • Constantly working to enhance the quality of our programmes and services;
  • Providing a rich extra-curricular environment for students;
  • Pushing boundaries, overcoming barriers with courage and surpassing expectations.


We nurture and actively promote an ethos of honesty, transparency, accountability and fairness in all our endeavours by:

  • Treasuring academic freedom;
  • Seeking balance in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • Earning trust through credible and principled conduct;
  • Acting responsibly by being fair, consistent and transparent;
  • Participating in and developing the community;
  • Being truthful and trustworthy at all times;
  • Conducting our business ethically, in good faith and to the best of our ability;
  • Honouring our commitments;
  • Honouring information that is private and confidential;
  • Client Advocacy – we serve our clients with distinction.

House Wardens

House Wardens are responsible for managing residence activities and assist in developing students living in residences, in accordance with the applicable UJ policies, rules, and procedures. They also develop and support house committees to enable them to add value to residence life. They enhance healthy relationships between house committees, the campus Students’ Representatives Council (SRC), community, parents, and other stakeholders.

House Committees

House Committee members are elected annually by students in the respective residences. Their main duties are to represent residence students to the residence management. They assist new students in adjusting quickly to university and residence life and organize social, sporting activities, community engagement, and residence academic activities for students. They also work with the Academic Development and Support (ADS) division.

Floor/Block Representative

They are elected annually by students in their respective residence to represent them on each floor per residence.

Mentors and Residence Academic Advisors 

The Mentors/RAA is a system where senior students coach the first year students at residences. Each Mentor/RAA has approximately 10 first year students that he/she looks after to guide and help adjust to the new residence life concept throughout their entire academic year. First years would look up to the Mentor/RAA in terms of assistance with their academic and general social issues. Students selected to become Mentors/RAA are those that excel academically so that they become role models.