Welcome to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the beautiful coastal city of
Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and George in the Southern Cape.
Meeting the demand for excellence
One of NMMU’s newest residence, Protea, between the university’s South and North Campuses.
IN A BID to meet an ever-growing demand for student residences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) also offers extensive accredited off-campus accommodation options.
The university has drastically increased its off-campus offerings while pursuing plans in meeting its own on-campus accommodation target of having 30% of its student body living on campus. Presently just over 12% of NMMU’s near-27 000 students live in residences on its North and South campuses.
Close to 3 800 beds are now available in accredited off-campus housing initiatives forged by the university in recent years, including 21 large properties throughout the metro.
The increased demand for accommodation is being replicated by the growth in student numbers.
By early February, enrolments to NMMU were already up by 3.3% year-on-year.
Some 20 567 students had enrolled by 8 February, as compared to the 19 990 on the same date the previous year. Official figures, however, will only be available after 29 February when late registration ends.
“It’s all about striving for excellence in all that we do,” says the university’s director of Marketing and Corporate Relations Pieter Swart.
The university’s drive to establish private partnerships means that this year fewer out-of-town students have struggled to find reasonably-priced accommodation.
“We’re doing what we can to fill the housing needs gap, especially since many of our students cannot afford expensive private rentals,” says NMMU’s off-campus and vacation accommodation manager Shirani Nhlangwini.
NMMU also opened a new 312-bed residence early last year to bring the on-campus total to over 2500 student beds on four of its six campuses.