Students can book their place now to move into Bloemfontein’s newest purpose-designed student residence built by the Respublica Student Living Fund, a joint venture between Respublica and Redefine Properties.

The residence will be ready for occupation on 15 January 2018, and includes 58 apartments, each with eight single rooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/dining area and communal kitchen. The residence also offers a thoughtfully designed apartment suited to accommodate up to five physically disabled students.

“This is our first residence project in Bloemfontein, and we are looking forward to welcoming students from the University of the Free State and other tertiary institutions through our doors,” says Craig McMurray, CEO of Respublica. 

The residence borders on a residential area, and has been designed to blend seamlessly with its neighbours. Spread across five low-rise buildings, including a communal block that houses the canteen, study and recreation areas, the residence is within easy walking distance of the University of the Free State – so close that public transport is not even necessary!

“Our well-established residences in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Midrand are popular with students who value our holistic approach, which includes clean, secure, efficiently run buildings with spaces and facilities that make it possible to balance their social and academic lives,” says McMurray.

With approximately 60% of the procurement spend aimed at uplifting local contractors and suppliers, Respublica has created roughly 150 employment opportunities during the construction phase of the residence, with a further 20 opportunities to open once the development is operational.

As with all Respublica’s residences, the new residence offers accommodation formats to suit the needs and budget of every student, whether their attendance at university is privately funded or made possible by bursaries or state programmes. Regardless of the accommodation option they choose, every student will have access to all premium facilities and amenities throughout the residence.

All Respublica residences include free uncapped WiFi, a computer lab and study rooms, a gym, a games room, a chill room, laundry facilities and a swimming pool, making sure that there’s a space to do anything that students need to, whether it’s socialising, studying, or keeping fit and healthy.

Biometric access control supported by 24-hour access to armed response ensures security peace of mind, while a weekly cleaning service and regular maintenance programme make sure that the residence really is a home away from home for residents.

An on-site residence manager leads an integrated residence life programme to help students adjust to the responsibilities of independence and tertiary education while providing educational opportunities to sharpen and develop the softer skills needs in a student’s future career.

Respublica’s portfolio of residences includes Saratoga Village, Yale Village and The Fields, which provide accommodation for University of Johannesburg, Central Johannesburg College and University of the Witwatersrand students. In Midrand, Princeton House services students from Pearson International (ex MGI). In Pretoria, Hatfield Square, West City, Urban Nest and Eastwood Village accommodate students from Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria.