Accommodation near Rhodes University

Rhodes University is one of South Africa's most respected academic institutions and the research which is produced there is of an international standard. The university is located in the small town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, and it's fair to say that most life there revolves around the university.

Rhodes University, which is named after the famous figure in South Africa, Cecil John Rhodes has followed a similar trajectory to many of South Africa's other universities. That is, it began as a college and slowly evolved, going through various name changes and statuses before being hailed as a university and given a name that sticks.

The university was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College then later became a constituent of the University of South Africa in 1918. In 1951 it became a fully accredited university and has been known as Rhodes University ever since.

Today Rhodes educates roughly 7000 students a year, across 6 faculties. The faculties are humanities, commerce, law, science, education and pharmacy. Between them there are 30 departments. The humanities faculty is by far the largest one at Rhodes and constitutes 40% of the university's student body.

Apart from its reputation as a celebrated academic institution, Rhodes University is also unique as up to two thirds of the student population lives on campus. There are 12 university residences on the campus. The students who attend Rhodes are from cities and towns all over South Africa in addition to some international students.

There is no doubt that Rhodes University is the beating heart of Grahamstown and during the university vacations (except for the June July holidays when the Grahamstown National Arts Festival comes to town) the town loses a big chunk of its population and is noticeably quieter.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
High Corner Guesthouse
0.2 km

From R530 pps

Situated in upper High Street, High Corner is within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants and coffee shops, Rhodes University, the High Court, museums and businesses. Enjoy unpretentious h... More Info

7 Guesthouse
0.3 km

From R550 pps

Our rooms are an oasis of luxury, set back from the street in historic circa 1820 stone barracks, in the heart of historic Grahamstown. Each suite, recently refurbished, opens onto a covered patio ... More Info

0.3 km

From R460 pps

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Centrally situated in historic New Street, Courtlands is close to the city centre. We are 50 meters from an entrance to Rhodes University Campus. Peppergrove Shopping Centre, pubs, restaurants and... More Info

Loerie Cabin
0.4 km

From R198 pps

Loerie Cabin is a 4mx4m wooden cabin containing 2 single beds, fully equipped kitchenette with microwave, bar fridge and 2 plate stove. The bathroom is en-suite with a shower, toilet and basin. ... More Info

Mountain Dew Cottage
0.4 km

From R175 pps

Mountain Dew Cottage is a cozy spacious park home cottage situated in Grahamstown. We are just off of Grey Street up a short gravel road in a peaceful natural part of Grahamstown. We are close... More Info

Hotel Victoria Mews
0.6 km

From R667* unit

Mr. O'Donnell, an Irishman, built the hotel in 1849, trading as an Inn, Canteen and Boarding house. In 1860 Archibald Lappan took over the Hotel; in 1901 the new owner (still unknown) renamed it "Vict... More Info

11 Worcester-on-Durban
0.7 km

From R610 pps

A recently renovated, historical, Settler home, close to the centre of Grahamstown, immediately opposite Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) on Worcester St. We are ideally located for those visiting DSG,... More Info

AppleBee Guest Cottages
0.8 km

From R490 pps

Clean, fresh country decor gives AppleBee its unique warmth and charm. It is situated just far enough from the main road to exclude traffic noise and yet is conveniently situated 100m from St Andrew's... More Info

Bartholomew's Loft
0.9 km

From R650* unit

The Loft This lovely building, once an old church with its loft conversion and double volume living area has been converted into very comfortable self-catering accommodation for a group of up to six... More Info

1A St. Aidens Guest Cottage
0.9 km

From R640 pps

Welcome to 1A St. Aidans Guest Cottage your home from home! 1A St. Aidan's Guest Cottage is beautifully restored, superior and well positioned accommodation in the historic Frontier Country City of ... More Info

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Grahamstown Reviews

Town infrastructure need urgent upgrade
- Wahieda Theunissen

Love Makhanda.
- Nantie Steyn

Great. The parking guards are sometimes a little agressive, but the town is very beautiful.
- Nantie Steyn

We have been frequenting Grahamstown for a number of years due to our son schooling there, enjoyed the variety of restaurants that are now available, was however disappointed to see the cleanliness of the town has gone down.
- Warette Bawden

Disappointed about the state of the roads and the very poor water quality - this is a great concern as we are not booking accommodation there for the Arts Festival, based on these reasons.
- Heather Muller