UWC residence application 2024 – UWC accommodation application 2024

How to apply for residence at UWC University of the Western Cape: Accommodation and Fees


Residential Services provides programmes and services to all its community members. We embrace the core mission of the University as “a place of quality, a place to grow, from hope to action through knowledge.” The department creates opportunities for students to experience all aspects of life outside the classroom through co-curricular activities and the living and learning communities already in existence as well as those still being created at our campus.

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There are three focus areas for Residential Services:

  1. The Student Housing section deals with physical infrastructure, services, maintenance and assets.
  2. The Placement & Administration deals with placement, holiday accommodation, billing and software systems used by the department.
  3. The ResLife section focusses on psychosocial programming, living and learning activities, academic support, leadership development and general wellness support.

All in all, we have a talented team of more than 50 staff members, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring that members of our University community, particularly our students, are poised for academic, personal and professional success. Residential Services means to enhance our community’s sense of resilience and build on talent and inner strength that our students already have. We also commit ourselves to creating opportunities that will contribute to character development of our diverse students in their efforts to become contributing citizens of the world. Citizens who are socially conscious and advocates for the enrichment of others in the communities in which they find themselves.

We trust that you will seek out opportunities that will build on what you already have and look forward to engaging with you.

Best wishes and welcome to uDubs Res!

Mark Seale
Director of Residential Services
University of the Western Cape

How is the Department of Residential Services Structured to Deliver on its Mandate?

Do you need to find somewhere to live at UWC?

It can be a bit challenging to find accommodation as a UWC student, since things may work quite differently here than in your home country. You don’t have to worry! You can count on us for assistance.
The university can help you access a range of long and short term housing opportunities to suit different budgets. Some of your options include private rentals, student hostels, residential colleges, student apartments, and homestays.
UWC’s accommodation website is a good place to access all sorts of information about accommodation options. This is your next stop when you’ve finished reading this page!
You will be able to:

  1. Explore different housing options
  2. Find long term accommodation
  3. Browse our rental database
  4. and more!

How to apply for residence at UWC University of the Western Cape

Residence applications for 2023 will open on 15 September 2022 and close on 31 October 2022.

The process will take place exclusively online, via the Residential Services Management System (RSMS).

The RSMS Online Application Page can be found on the following link:

Students can log in via a PC/laptop or cellphone and can do so using one of the following:

  • South African Identification Document (ID) number
  • UWC Student number
  • Passport number
  • Application number

A step-by-step guide to applying can be found by clicking the following button:

If you’re interested in applying for residence at the University of the Western Cape, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Check if you’re eligible: Before you start your application, make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for UWC’s residences. Typically, applicants need to be registered students with the university, and they must have paid their fees in full.
  2. Choose a residence: it offers several residence options, including apartments, flats, and single and double rooms. Check the UWC website for a list of residences and their locations, as well as their amenities and costs.
  3. Apply online: Once you’ve chosen a residence, you can apply online by visiting the website and selecting “Residences” from the main menu. Follow the prompts to complete your application and submit any required documents, such as proof of registration and payment.
  4. Wait for a response: After submitting your application, you’ll need to wait for a response from university. Depending on the availability of space in your preferred residence, you may be offered a place immediately, or you may be placed on a waiting list.
  5. Accept the offer: If you’re offered a place in a University residence, you’ll need to accept the offer and pay any required fees or deposits. Make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully before accepting the offer.
  6. Move in: Once you’ve accepted the offer and paid any fees, you’ll be able to move into your UWC residence. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of your residence, and enjoy your new home!

NSFAS accredited accommodation for UWC students

Applications must be submitted via the NSFAS website:
Your NSFAS application will not be considered if you

  • received NSFAS funding in 2023*.
  • have already completed an undergraduate degree or diploma.
  • are not a South African citizen.
  • need funding for a Short Learning Certificate or Programme or a postgraduate qualification.

*Students who have completed a higher certificate and will be starting a degree/diploma qualification in 2024 must re-apply for NSFAS funding.

2023 registration

Please visit the UWC registration website for the registration dates:

  • Returning NSFAS students who were funded in 2023 but have not yet completed their qualification: Please ensure that you are temporarily registered during the registration period while waiting for NSFAS funding confirmation for the 2024 academic year.
  • Returning NSFAS students who received funding in 2023, have been declined for funding in 2024 but have appealed the decision: Please pay the minimum registration fee while you wait for the NSFAS appeal decision, if you chose to do so.
  • First-time NSFAS applicants: Please ensure that you are temporarily registered during the registration period while waiting for NSFAS funding confirmation. If your NSFAS application is declined or delayed by the time the registration period closes, you will be expected to find alternative funding before your registration will be activated.

If your NSFAS application is provisionally approved, you do not need to pay the minimum registration fee. Your registration will be automatically activated based on NSFAS funding confirmation received by UWC.

2024 appeals

Appeals for new and continuing students will be open from 20 January 2024 to 20 February 2024.
All students are required to appeal directly to NSFAS via the myNSFAS portal.
Visit for appeal supporting documents.


  • All NSFAS-funded students who pay the minimum registration amount to activate their registration will be refunded.
  • A refund will only be processed once NSFAS has confirmed successful processing of registration data to UWC.
  • An application for a refund is not necessary.

NSFAS bursaries (Funza Lushaka, Department of Military Veterans, and Department of Justice [TRC])

  • Students funded under these bursaries must renew their funding with their funders during their applicable application dates.
  • Students are encouraged to visit their funders’ webpages for application dates.

Funza Lushaka: Department of Military Veterans (DMV):
Department of Justice (TRC):

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