Catalyse a dynamic, excellent, innovative and transformative student life, wellbeing and development at Mandela

  • Provide student-centred health care and holistic well being;
  • Facilitate universal access, inclusivity and integration for students with disabilities;
  • Create participation opportunities in recreational and competitive sport;
  • Provide accessible, affordable, quality student-centred living and learning experiences;
  • Develop a new generation of world-class leaders, intellectuals and critical thinkers for a changing society;
  • Cultivate a leadership ethos that places the health and sustainability of the University first;
  • Proactively create spaces for students to effectively play a role in shaping and contributing to the posture of the University;
  • Deploy effective, transformative and innovative governance and leadership;
  • Inculcate and embed a culture of resource stewardship.

List of the Student Life and Development Units

  • Student Governance and Development(SGD)
  • Campus Health Services
  • Student Housing
  • Madibaz Sports
  • Universal Access and Disability Services (UADS)

Photos and information on services

On Campus Residences

  • Our residences on this campus are surrounded by indigenous plants and beautiful gardens that make one feel one is in the heart of nature. It is not unusual for students on their way to early lectures to come across bush pig in the undergrowth. Our residence are having a magnificent view of the Outeniqua Mountain.

Off Campus Residences

  • Off-Campus Accommodation offers alternative accommodation for students who are not able to secure space in on-campus residences and take the form of accredited properties mostly small properties which comprises of 1 to 19 beds in George.
  • The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) accredits accommodation that is within walking distance from the University or that is on the route of Nelson Mandela University's shuttle services. The range of flats, apartments, and communal residences all comply with the minimum standards as set by the University Accreditation policy.


Sporting Codes

  • Athletics                                        2 lane 400m training grass track
  • Cricket (Ladies and Men)         1 cricket field and turf and artificial training facilities
  • Hockey (Ladies and Men)        Astro facilities of schools is used for practices
  • Mountain Biking                         We develop and share routes with Hillbillies MTB club
  • Rock Climbing                              There is a training wall on campus
  • Squash                                           1 court with gallery seating
  • Golf                                                 Mashie course with 9 greens and 18 tee boxes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Netball
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming Pool


Student Governance and Development

SGD-SRC Societies

  • Student Representative Council
  • Student Organisations
  • Developmental Societies
  • Arts and Culture Societies
  • Religious Societies
  • Academic Societies
  • Student Entrepreneurship
  • Student Community Engagement
  • House Committeees


Campus Health Services

We offer an integrated, easily accessible health care service where Nelson Mandela University students can find assistance for a range of health concerns.

 Our aim is to assist you to attain and/or maintain your good health.

  • We focus on the following health care areas:
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health information
  • Personal Counselling
  • HIV Services.
  • Consult us with any health-related matters.
  • Emergency Medical Care/ Ambulance Services
  • Health Awareness Campaigns


UADS Services

UADS (Universal Accessibility and Disability Services) aims to provide appropriate support services to empower differently abled / special needs students on campus encouraging independence and active participation in the academic and extra-curricular activities.

The following services of reasonable accommodation are offered on the George campus:

  • Concessions (Tests & Exams)
  • Facilitation of exam venues for differently abled students
  • Scribes (available on request)
  • Accessible transport
  • Accessible student housing
  • Adaptive technology (devices and software – advised by NSFAS)