As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.

Most student residences in South Africa feature self-catered, apartment-style living with single, twin or triple bedrooms and shared kitchens, living and bathroom facilities.

  • Your program fee does not include meals or meal plans but you’ll be within easy reach of food stores and amenities.
  • Where possible we will place you with South African students. If you want to submit a roommate request we will need it from both you and your friend in writing. While we will do our best to accommodate your request, we cannot guarantee specific assignments.
  • South Africa is an environmentally friendly country and air-conditioning and central heating are not standard in a typical residence. Remember that it will take some time to adjust to the climate.
  • You should typically expect a 15-30 minute commute from your housing to your program site. You may need to take a university shuttle, or Arcadia University-provided transportation, depending on your program.
  • Internet access will vary according to your specific program accommodation.
  • Bed linens may be provided – Your Enrollment Counselor can provide specifics.
  • You’ll have your accommodation throughout your semester, including breaks.
  • Since accommodation considerations can vary, we have to reserve our right to change accommodation options at any time.

Special needs

If you have any special needs regarding your accommodation – dietary, medical, physical – please let us know when applying. Any information received will be treated as confidential and only shared with individuals involved in your housing placement.

Accommodation Deadlines By Semester:

  • Semester I (February to June): December 1
  • Semester II (July to November): April 30
  • Summer Programs: May 1

Read more:

  • Specific program accommodation details are outlined on each program page.
  • Arcadia University Housing Policy is detailed in our Student Handbook.