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Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch is one of the most prestigious universities on the African Continent. The University of Stellenbosch is the only South African university, which is still mainly Afrikaans-speaking. The University is located in the center of Stellenbosch and attracts more than 17,000 students each year. The university is surrounded by restaurants, clubs and bars. Stellenbosch is considered as one of the safest cities in the Western Cape and therefore very popular students from all over the world.

History of Stellenbosch

The town was founded in 1979 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself – Stellenbosch means “(van der) Stel`s forest”. It is situated on the banks of the Eerste Rivier (“First River”), so named as it was the first new river he reached and followed when he went on an expedition over the Cape Flats to explore the territory towards what is now known as Stellenbosch. The town grew so quickly that it became an independent local authority. It is the second oldest settlement in the province, after Cape Town. Furthermore, Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometers east of Cape Town.

Living in Stellenbosch

Looking or finding an Accommodation in Stellenbosch might be very difficult because it is a small village and there are a lot of students who are in search of student rooms. Here are some useful tips that might help you by your search:

  • Start early looking for Accommodations ( 3 – 6 months )
  • Have a look for Accommodations in Stellenbosch at
  • In January and February all students are looking for Accommodations (you might start earlier)

Another strategy might be staying in one of the backpacker hostels in Stellenbosch first and then start to look for an Accommodation in town. Below you will find a list of good backpacker hostels in Stellenbosch:

Backpacker hostels in Stellenbosch

Name Website Location
Banghoek Place Stellenbosch
iKhaya Backpackers Stellenbosch
Stumble Inn Stellenbosch
Dirtopia trail Lodge Outside Stellenbosch

Student accommodation in Stellenbosch

Name Email Phonenumber
Stellenbosch exchange
Bosman Pool House +27 (0) 83 553 8158
22 on Bosman +27 (0) 84 687 6000
30b Kromrivier +27 (0) 72 675 2463


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