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Student services


Each year, Stellenbosch attracts students from South Africa and from around the globe. The University endeavours to support its 'Matie' students with every aspect of their lives, both educational and personal.

Student & Academic Support:

The Centres forming part of Student and Academic Support (SAS), strive to provide excellent academic support and development opportunities to ensure successful, well-balanced students.

Student and Academic Support comprises the following components:


Postgraduate and International Office

Tel: +27 (0)21 808 2565


Student Affairs/Student Support

First Year Academy

Stellenbosch University cares for its first-year students and aims to support each individual in the achievement of academic success. One of the unique aspects of the University is the First-year Academy, an initiative that focuses specifically on success in the first year. The Academy entails a wide variety of activities that are coordinated in a purposeful way.


Student affairs

The Division provides students with advice and support, specifically with regards to the wide variety of extra-curricular activities on campus.  

Centre for Student Counselling and Development

This Centre supports students with their psychological development and wellbeing, through collaboration with specialists in various fields of psychology and related disciplines. Regular workshops are held for students to develop and improve specific life skills, such as study skills or stress management, and where they can obtain advice if they are unsure about their study choices. 


Library Services

Information is indispensable for study and research. The Library and Information Service strives to provide students with a dynamic, first-rate service. It comprises the central library  JS Gericke Library), five branch and satellite libraries and a number of departmental collections.

Language Centre

The University's Language Centre provides language support and services in accordance with the University's Language Policy and Plan. The Centre consists of five units: Afrikaans and English, isiXhosa, Document Design, Writing Laboratory, and Language Service. These units are there to help, particularly in areas such as academic literacy, professional communication and the development of writing skills.


Campus Health Services (CHS)

An all-inclusive medical service for the campus community is situated at 7 Claassen Street, between Metanoia and Heemstede.  Tel: 021 808 3496.


Sports Medicine Service (SUSPI) 

A sports medicine service that includes sports physicians, physiotherapists, biokineticists and sport scientists is offered by the Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute (SUSPI) at Coetzenburg. The office is situated next to the University’s gymnasium.


Risk and Protection Services

USBD is a university section that delivers in-house security and safety services at the Stellenbosch, Tygerberg and Bellville Park Campuses. USBD also delivers a fire and emergency exercises support service to all University residences and environments. Service centres are manned 24 hours a day and are the reporting points for incidents such as theft, trespassing and assault. They also serve as general information centres.

Green Route 

In addition to general patrol services, the Green Route is actively patrolled by security officials on foot and by bicycle from 21:00 to 06:00. It is recommended that students use the Green Route when walking around on the main campus after sunset.

Log on to the website:, or contact the University on +27 (0)21 808 9111.

Other education centres:

Stellenbosch Academy

 As a hig calibre educational institution, the Academy is committed to providing students with an exceptional standard of education and a solid foundation upon which to build a successful professional future in the creative industries.


Boland College

Boland College is an award-winning and SABS-approved leader in Further Education and Training in the Boland region.

The College, along with its partners, is committed to identifying the social and economic needs of the region and its communities and strives to fulfill these needs by educating communities in order to gain the necessary skills to become independent corporate citizens that contribute to the growth of the region, the community and the nation.


P J Olivier Art Centre

One of only a few art centres in South Africa and a proud service provider for 16 schools in greater Stellenbosch and surrounding areas, P J Olivier Art Centre offers curricular and extracurricular courses in art and design to learners from grades 1 to 12.


Stellenbosch 360

Friends of Stellenbosch


T: +27 (0)21 883 3584
F: +27 (0)21 882 9550

Information Office:
36 Market Steet
Stellenbosch, 7600