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 R440 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

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0.3 km

From R400 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

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Mountain Dew Cottage
0.4 km

From R275 pps

Mountain Dew Cottage is a fully equipped self-catering cottage situated in the historically rich and artsy town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and offers quality accommodation, ideally suited for... More Info

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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

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11 Worcester-on-Durban
0.7 km

From R490 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

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AppleBee Guest Cottages
0.8 km

From R460 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

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Bartholomew's Loft
0.9 km

From R1500* 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

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1A St. Aidens Guest Cottage
0.9 km

From R620 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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8A Grahamstown
1.1 km

From R595 pps

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Conveniently located near the city centre, yet removed from the sound of the streets, 8A offers you the ideal space to unwind after a day of sightseeing or business, your every wish attended to by our... More Info

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Aries Guest
1.1 km

From R450 pps

Aries Guest is a modern self-catering apartment situated in the historic village of Grahamstown. The apartment consists of a lounge and a fully fitted kitchen. There are two double bedrooms, sharing a... More Info

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Grahamstown Reviews

A fascinating, historic town. Worth spending more time to explore.
- Shelley Johnston

A charming safe place with interested buildings and church. The population are welcoming and the most important thing is that you can walk in the street feeling safed.
- Maujean Alexandra

Much cleaner and looking brighter than 3 years ago. Roads need urgent attention.
- Ian Hunt

I liked it, it was my first time here but I felt secure.
- Luphathe Nyathi

Very nice, peaceful place with lots of charm. A good place for my kids to study in a couple of years time, if Rhodes offers an acceptable Actuarial Science degree.
- Garth Luyt