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Overview of the Nelson Mandela University's Sol Plaatjie Residence

Sol Plaatjie Residence became fully operational in the year 2014 and regards itself as a home away from home, fondly known as the "House of Responsible Minds".

This facility is an ultra-modern and provides self-catering for 312 senior students. It is located within the boundaries of the Sanlam Student Village.

Rooms are single and spacious, equipped with Wi-Fi, mattress and base sets, a built in cupboard, desk, bookshelf, chair, study lamp and modern plugs catering for your electronic needs. Rooms are configured in flat lets of two, three and four, sharing a kitchen, bathroom and a compact lounge.

Kitchens are equipped with a mid-sized fridge, two plate hob and microwave. At the east end of each corridor, on each level, are common facilities such as a Group Study Room, Lounge with LED TV and (free) Laundry. All blocks are equipped with modern TV rooms, study areas and (free) laundry facilities.  Our computer lab opens 24/7, equipped with twenty four i8 Desk Top Computers and a colour printer which allows you to print from the comfort of your room.

The buildings are "smart" and lights are controlled by sensors. The residence has fully accessible units specially reserved for people with mobility impairment.

All four floors are serviced by elevators. The buildings are centrally located between North and South campuses (within 1km walking distance). Two comprehensive shopping centers are located within 3km of the residence and transport is plentiful. A brisk 10 minute walk will take you to a beautiful rejuvenating beachfront


Our vision is to be a true diverse Student Residence that provides an environment that stimulates and encourage responsible and critical thinking. We also seek to create quality living and learning student residence conditions that champions academic excellence.


To uphold all the values of Nelson Mandela University which are,,-Vision-Values


• Excellence

• Ubuntu

• Social justice and equality

• Integrity

• Environmental stewardship

And Collaboration is an additional value adopted by our res

Inspiring and impacting the community.

Upholding a culture that encourages responsible and critical thinking.

Maintaining high standards of leadership development opportunities of students.


We promise to provide living and learning conditions that promote responsible citizenship because you must live well to learn well.