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As a leading institution of higher education and the only one in the world named after Nelson Mandela, we welcome our new students on campus when classes start on Monday, 20 February 2023.

Herewith important information towards helping our anticipated 6000-plus first-time entering students settle into your new study environment.

Welcome to all students with firm offers

Many students with a firm offer to register at the institution have not yet been able to register for reasons beyond their control. You are welcome as we do not want you to fall behind while administrative processes are completed. You are still able to follow late registration until 15 March 2023.  Our welcome also extends to senior students since many of you have not been on campus because of the coronavirus pandemic of the past two years.

Finding venues

Our campuses are large. Finding lecture venues and other locations can be daunting. Please help students who are looking lost. Use the University app, which includes campus maps and a useful tool. You can download it from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.


You may view your timetable on the student portal.

Possible overcrowding

Despite the best efforts of the University’s Timetabling Office, initial teething problems may occur in some lecture halls and other facilities.


While most academic areas are covered by generators during the scheduled power outages, loadshedding continues to negatively impact the institution. Various equipment, including lifts at Second Avenue Campus for example, has been damaged. Where possible, avoid using lifts, especially when loadshedding is about to start.

Student shuttles

The University has an extensive shuttle system that operates across the Metro and between campuses. This will start operating from Monday. There may be initial overcrowding challenges, until the University establishes areas of greatest need in line with the pickup location feedback received. All students who use the official University transport system should register your pick-up point soonest. 

Important contact details

Here are some helpful contact details that may be helpful to our students:

Alternatively, newcomers can look at helpful university contact links.

For additional support, contact the following, but please allow three working days for a response given the present high volume of inquiries:

Gqeberha campuses:

For Postgraduate enquiries please contact the following Postgraduate Faculty Academic Administration Contacts:

Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences:


Faculty of Education:


Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology:


Faculty of Health Sciences:

E-mail: /

Faculty of Humanities:


Faculty of Law:


Faculty of Science:


George Campus:

For more information on Financial Aid and concessions go to Financial info and concessions.

For any other enquiries or questions please sign in to our CRM system and register the query.


Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057