Student Life


Stellenbosch University’s students come from as far as China, Switzerland, Australia, Gabon, Russia and Colombia, making up an incredibly vibrant student body. Connect with people from all over the world through Stellenbosch University. 

Sport and recreation

If you enjoy sport, Stellenbosch University is the ideal place to study. The university prides itself on its history of outstanding sporting achievements. Sport offered at the university are: athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cricket, cross-country, cycling, diving, fencing, golf,      gymnastics, hockey, horse-riding, judo, marksmanship, netball, parachuting, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, surfing, swimming, synchronised swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, underwater sports, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

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Students may choose to join a wide variety of societies, established and run by students who share a common interest. These include social awareness, religious, cultural, political and recreational societies.


Stellenbosch University boasts world-class facilities. The Stellenbosch University Library is one of the biggest subterranean libraries in the world. It has state of the art research commons for postgraduate students with seminar rooms, lounge and computer work areas. Several computer centres on campus provide computers with internet access. Campus residences are on par with the best in the world, offering a home away from home experience for local and international students, subject to availability.

Neelsie Student Centre

The Neelsie Student Centre is the social heartbeat of the campus. This modern centre offers students a wide variety of commercial, financial and entertainment services. The food hall provides seating for 1 200 students and the various food and fast-food outlets cater for a wide variety of tastes ranging from full home-style meals to light meals and takeaways.

You will also find a number of coffee shops, adventure and travel shops, health and beauty shops, bookstores, a convenience store, clothing boutiques, plenty of gift shops and a number of academic and business services. There is also a photocopy room where you can use your student card to make photocopies.

Four banks have branches in the Neelsie: Standard Bank, Absa Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank. 

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