The University of Johannesburg is ranked as one of South Africa's best universities. Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) prides itself on sharing the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, and offering its students only the best in tertiary education. The university is known for its high quality undergraduate, post-graduate and short courses, having produced influential alumni, many of whom talk about the inspiration as well as the support to grow and flourish, while they were students at this renowned institution.

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Their 6 Strategic Objectives

At the University of Johannesburg, you'll have the independence and opportunity to experience a fulfilling and exciting student life, along with access to the best resources to help you achieve excellence in whatever field of study you've chosen to embark on. Each campus boasts a variety of residences and day houses, all with their own traditions and goals.

UJ has four campuses throughout the city:

Faculties Available at UJ

No matter what path you're interested in taking, UJ's variety of faculties is sure to offer you with just the undergraduate degree to get you started. From the arts to business, and biology to science, there's an option for you at UJ. These are the faculties you'll find at the university:

Open Day

This is a really exciting experience for all prospective students who would like to become part of the UJ family. Every year, the university opens its doors to potential learners, parents and teachers to come and explore all that they have to offer, in the form of Subject Choice Seminars and UJ Open Days for matriculants. These unique events give learners the opportunity to understand what each faculty at UJ focuses on, what to expect, as well as what each what courses and programmes each faculty has to offer, which helps potential students with making the right choice for their tertiary studies.

Open Day UJ

Student Accommodation

To get the full student experience, one must build relationships with fellow students within and outside of campus grounds, and there's no better way to do this than by living in one of UJ's exciting residences! For more information on the residences that are available at each campus, click here! So, are you ready to apply?

UJ Accomodation

Apply at University of Johannesburg

If you're looking to apply to study at UJ, click on the relevant link below:

For More Information

For more information about the University of Johannesburg and what they have to offer, visit www.uj.ac.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 559 4555.

Don't forget to follow them on their social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — to keep up with the latest news, information, open days and courses available.

Choose Your Faculty

Whether you're fresh out of high school looking to pursue studies in a preferred field or simply want to improve your skill set and bulk up your CV, GetSmarter online courses are the way to go! And they offer a variety of courses across 15 different subjects, including Art & Design, Education, Business Management, Writing, Marketing, Health and Law, just to name a few. Once you have completed your course, you'll be equipped with workplace-ready skills, recognised by top universities.

To give you a bit of time to decide what course you would like to do and register, we have listed a few of their late March and April 2021 courses below. Since you're spending more time at home these days, why not make the most of this time learning something new and upskilling? Happy learning!

March 2021

Occupational Health and Safety online short course

By law, all companies in South Africa with more than 20 employees are required to have official health and safety measures in place. Many businesses often lack the knowledge and understanding of their legal responsibilities in safety management or are unsure where to begin. This course will help students learn the skills needed for managing occupational health and safety, which has become an important requirement for every business. Course topics include how to implement workplace safety management measures; manage OHS in your business and implement occupational health and safety training among staff.

Click here for more information about this course.

Social Media Marketing online short course

Social media has transformed the way businesses communicate with their customers. Social channels are now recognised as key marketing tools, and thus need a sound strategy in order to use these platforms. The 8-week Social Media Marketing online short course will introduce you to the South African social media marketing landscape and teach you the key principles and practical tools to boost your company’s social presence. You’ll learn how to manage a social media community, use of social channels to drive sales and also generate leads.

Click here for more information about this course.

Property Management: Marketing, Contracts and Administration online short course

Looking into learning how to rent property to earn a little bit of extra income and what to do it properly? Then be sure to take a look at GetSmarter UCT's 8-week Property Management online short course. During this educational and insightful course, you'll learn how to minimise costs and maximise rental income by taking control of the leasing and maintenance of a real estate portfolio. It will empower you to take on the role of property manager and teach you the key techniques and principles of the field, how to oversee the leasing process, the application of property marketing strategies, and how to use technology to make the task of managing property more efficient.

Click here for more information about this course.

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April 2021

Construction Management online short course

For something that's a little different than an everyday desk job, why not enroll in GetSmarter's UCT Construction Management online short course? With this course, you'll hone your ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise construction projects in the South African context. Once you have completed this course, you'll be equipped with the practical skills to navigate the day-to-day management of both large- and small-scale construction projects. You’ll confidently know how to handle client relationships and stakeholder needs, analyse health and safety risks, evaluate environmental considerations, and manage time and cost constraints.

Click here for more information about this course.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) online short course

Since everything is going online, it's becoming increasingly important to implement new online and optimisation strategies. To get this right, understanding search engine optimisation (SEO) to market your business is essential to supporting its online presence. The 10 week Search Engine Optimisation online short course will equip students with the skills to implement your own SEO tactics and strategies. Gain fundamental principles and practical skills to drive more traffic to websites through SEO-optimised content. Soon, you'll offer in-demand SEO services to clients, and boost your own website’s ranking.

Click here for more information about this course.

Events Management online short course

The ability to run and manage memorable events is a sought-after skill. A career in Events Management can be especially rewarding, but requires a solid understanding of the latest concepts, principles and practices. The 10 week Events Management online short course takes students on a holistic view of event planning. Guided by industry professionals, learn how to pitch an event, manage suppliers, set a budget and implement marketing strategies using the various platforms.

Click here for more information about this course.

Teaching With Technology online short course

Modern times calls for modern education. And with GetSmarter UCT's 8-week Teaching With Technology online short course, you'll learn how to incorporate technology into your classroom activities, lesson plans, and teaching strategies. Discover the history of technology as a teaching aid and develop the skill to initiate using technology in your teaching environment. The skills you'll acquire during this course will not only come in handy in your educational occupation, but also throughout your life.

Click here for more information about this course.

Digital Photography online short course

Always wanted to brush up on your photography skills and learn how to use a camera properly? Whether you plan to use photography in a personal or professional capacity, these skills are a valuable addition to your list of competencies. The 10 week Digital Photography online short course will introduce the features and functionalities of digital SLR cameras and teach how to use different settings for high-quality images. Students will also discover the principles of composition and learn basic photo-editing techniques.

Click here for more information about this course.

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Feature Journalism online short course

This is your chance to stand out when it comes to your copywriting skills! With Get Smarter's 10 week Feature Journalism online short course, you'll learn how to research, write, and sell your features to various publications. Since the need for online content marketing and brand journalism is on the rise, it has fueled the demand for professionals to produce quality content that is accurate, informative and generates readership. This course is a highly practical online course, and will focus on topics such as the development of feature stories, research methods and interview techniques. Students will also be taught essential content elements, including language, structure and editing methods.

Click here for more information about this course.

Accounting online short course

Cover the accounting fundamentals and learn all you need to know to fulfill a supporting role in any accounts department. The success of any organisation relies on strong financial management. This accounting course will help students looking to enter the developing accounting sector, by teaching them to draft financial statements, budget, measure and evaluate financial performance.

Click here for more information about this course.

Public Management and Governance online short course

The 8 week Public Management and Governance online short course is practical and will address the need for ethics training while teaching theory and skills essential to impactful government service. Learn to lead teams and effectively manage situations unique to the context of the public sector. Develop policy and evaluation expertise, explore real-world case studies and practical applications, while networking with a cohort of peers.

Click here for more information about this course.

Sales Management online short course

Sales management is a vital business function. The 9 week Sales Management online short course aims to prepare you for success, designed to teach skills that are both relevant and practical, so you can enhance your ability to build, train, motivate and assess a sales team. Learn how to perform cost analyses, select appropriate customer relationship management systems, identify pricing strategies and measure the business impact of your operations.

Click here for more information about this course.

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For More Information

For more information about GetSmarter and other courses they have available, visit www.getsmarter.com. You can also contact them on [email protected] or 021 447 7565.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

What Is It?

Experience some amazing poetry with Do You Even Poetry (Night)?

Word jugglers will be expressing and freeing their thoughts in a poem and you don't want to miss a thing. This promises to be quite the event.

Calling all poetry lovers to come and snap fingers at this amazing event.

A must experience!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 19:30.

Where Is It?

Love Me So, 63 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R30 per person. For more information, click Here.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page to get more information on this event.

What Is It?

It's that time of the year again. A lot of new faces, and a lot of old. One week of the year where the only degrees you'll be worried about is the temperature of your drinks.

Jolly's have formulated the perfect equation to assure you that it is the biggest O-week yet.

Keep an eye out for artist announcements, competitions, and specials.

When Is It?

Monday, 27 January 2020 - Saturday, 01 February 2020.

Where Is It?

The Jolly Roger, Hatfield, 285 Lynnwood Road, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Keep an eye out for tickets, Here.

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

What Is It?

This conference aims to debunk the reasons why artistic research has not secured a significant position within African university systems. Make sure you book your spot as the deadline to do so is on the 13th of January 2020 at 12:00. So, if you are looking to find out just what they will be tackling, make sure you are part of the audience and join in on the conversation. See you there peep!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - Friday, 24 January 2020.

Where Is It?

Wits - University of the Witwatersrand, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

No need for you to pay, all you need to do is register here!

For More Information

Visit this website or this Facebook page for more information on this event.

What Is It?

Out the Box Comedy offers UJ students, staff and the public an opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in South African comedy. All in one night, under one roof. The September edition is set to feature legendary South Africa comedians. Expect to roll home in a fit of laughter. Out The Box Comedy is hosted in proud partnership by at Goliath&Goliath  and POPArt Centre.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 19:30 - 21:30.

Where Is It?

University of Johannesburg Con Cowan Theatre, UJ Bunting Road Campus, Bunting Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 30 - R 100 per person, get yours here!

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook for event updates.

Contact them on 011 559 4674[email protected]

Sterkfontein Half Day Trip

The Sterkfontein Caves, located in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site, are known for their fossil finds. Kids can look forward to guided tours that go deep into the caves, offering the opportunity to see the famous Mrs Ples, a 2.1 million-year-old skull, and Little Foot, an almost complete skeleton that is more than 3 million years old. Thousands of paleontology enthusiasts make the pilgrimage here from across the globe every year and we get to boast about it being in our backyard!

TechnoLab

The University of Johannesburg has invested in the future of technology in South Africa by enticing and entertaining younger scholars at their famous TechnoLab. The TechLab offers workshops in technology for children of all ages. The workshops follow the national curriculum, are outcomes-based and focus on learning. They also offer holiday club events, which cost R70 per child (price correct at the time of writing).

Friends Of Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Introduce the young ones to the Kloofendal Nature Reserve and they will love the outdoors forever. This reserve, situated in the suburb of Kloofendal, Roodepoort, features plenty of hiking trails and many different species of fauna and flora. All events include walks in the reserve and are led by qualified guides. The Friends of Kloofendal Display Centre can be found opposite the stamp mills.

The WITS Planetarium

We've written about the planetarium at WITS quite a bit, and it's because we love the place so much. It's an educational outing for kids but it is also a great experience for the entire family. The WITS Planetarium offers family and scholar rates and their schedule can be viewed on their website, which is updated regularly. Here, the little ones can learn about the cosmos and what goes on outside our atmosphere. Every visit brings something new with it, so you can bank on returning!

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

For fun that's not just exciting but educational too, make sure you pay a visit to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in the CBD. Other than boasting interesting and cool exhibitions, they also have regular holiday programmes. You can expect everything from creating your own fossils and doing excavations to experimenting with chemistry and mechatronics.

Nutty Scientist

Let your kids have a blast with the Nutty Scientist and science! Nutty Scientists® South Africa Camps are an innovative form of “edutainment” perfect for kids of all ages. Combining fun with learning, each camp offers an educational theme that keeps kids entertained and engaged from day to day. One new theme is learned each day, and all activities available are related to this theme, therefore kids will stay focused on one subject matter, solidifying the concept.

Sterkfontein Half Day Trip

The Sterkfontein Caves, located in the Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site, is known for its fossil finds. Kids can look forward to guided tours deep into the caves and see the famous Mrs Ples, a 2.1 million-year-old skull, and Little Foot, an almost complete skeleton that is more than 3 million years old. Thousands of paleontology enthusiasts make the pilgrimage here from across the globe every year and we get to boast about it being in our backyard!

TechnoLab

The University of Johannesburg has invested in the future of technology in South Africa by enticing and entertaining younger scholars at their famous TechnoLab. The TechnoLab offers workshops in technology for children of all ages. The workshops follow the national curriculum, are outcomes-based and focus on learning. They also offer holiday club events, which cost R70 per child (price correct at the time of writing).

Friends Of Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Introduce the young ones to the Kloofendal Nature Reserve and they will love the outdoors forever. This reserve, situated in the suburb of Kloofendal, Roodepoort, features plenty of hiking trails and many different species of fauna and flora. All events include walks in the reserve and are led by qualified guides. The Friends of Kloofendal Display Centre can be found opposite the stamp mills.

The WITS Planetarium

We've written about the planetarium at WITS quite a bit, and it's because we love the place so much. It's an educational outing for kids but it is also a great experience for the entire family. The WITS Planetarium offers family and scholar rates and their schedule can be viewed on their website, which is updated regularly. Here, the little ones can learn about the cosmos and what goes on outside our atmosphere. Every visit brings something new with it, so you can bank on returning!

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

For fun that's not just exciting but educational too, make sure you pay a visit to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in the CBD. Other than boasting interesting and cool exhibitions, they also have regular holiday programmes. You can expect everything from creating your own fossils and doing excavations to experimenting with chemistry and mechatronics.

Nutty Scientist

Let your kids have a blast with the Nutty Scientist and science! Nutty Scientists® South Africa Camps are an innovative form of “edutainment” perfect for kids of all ages. Combining fun with learning, each camp offers an educational theme that keeps kids entertained and engaged from day to day. One new theme is learned each day, and all activities available are related to this theme, therefore kids will stay focused on one subject matter, solidifying the concept.

What Is It?

This is the place where ambition meets opportunity. No matter what age you are, it's never too late to further your studies and pursue that dream career. And if you need a little guidance as to where to begin, don't miss the Education & Career Expo at Northmead Square. Here, you'll get to gather information on studying and scholarship opportunities, gain insight into your desired profession, and get to listen to talks from the best in various professional fields. Also, expo visitors stand the chance of winning bursaries to the value of R25 000 from Boston College.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - Sunday, 28 January 2018. Times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Northmead Square, corner 14th Avenue and O'Reilly Merry Street, Northmead, Benoni, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.northmeadsquare.co.za or visit their Facebook page.

Become A Crime Fighter With Unisa

As a comprehensive open distance learning (ODL) university, Unisa College of Law offers a variety of programmes from short courses and undergraduate/postgraduate certificates to diplomas and degrees, including masters and doctoral qualifications. So, if you're looking to take your CV and job a step further, enrol and equip yourself with a qualification today.

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Get Equipped by Registering In The College of Law

The Department of Criminology & Security Science at Unisa offers sought-after programmes in Security Science in Africa:

The Department of Corrections Management at Unisa has a reputation for excellence and ranks top among its academic peers in the Penology discipline and Corrections Management in Africa. They offer:

The Department of Police Practice at Unisa offers high-quality qualifications that will empower you to become a top crime fighter:

For More Information

For more information about Unisa and the College of Law courses they have to offer, visit www.unisa.ac.za.

Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Why Consider Part-Time Studying

As the cost of tertiary education is rising, the number of students across the country are falling, which is a double negative as the country is experiencing a chronic skills shortage across various professions. To improve this situation, educational institutions have to change their model of contemporary education by incorporating more flexible courses into the system. Part-time study towards degrees is one such innovation.

Many matriculants aspire to further their education, but they either simply cannot afford to do so at the time or are eager to begin working as soon as possible. Ambitious, young people saw university as a natural progression to landing their dream jobs, but now they have to rethink what three or four years without earning an income or gaining valuable experience means. With this in mind, part-time studying is an ideal option for those already in the workplace, who are looking for a career change or the opportunity for professional advancement.

Vega School Delivers Various Part-Time Degrees And Courses Starting This July

Vega School has experienced an increased demand for part-time study degrees and courses from people who understand the benefits of being able to fit their studies around their career and other commitments, and thus offer a number of options no matter what direction you would like to take your career.

The midyear part-time IIE programmes at Vega that commence in July are:

The BA Honours in Strategic Brand Communication – this degree equips students with strategic thinking and inspired planning skills. Degrees are in high demand from the brand communication industry. The courses develop the strategic skills required to identify, explore, analyse and solve pressing brand communication challenges.

BCom Honours in Strategic Brand Management this degree investigates and applies strategic models and tools to the practice of innovative and cost-effective brand management.

An Advanced Diploma in Brand Innovation – this diploma can be used as a bridging course into a degree programme.

One of the biggest drawbacks of part-time studies is a high drop-out rate owing to learners having other obligations, but with Vega School's hands-on, practical style of tuition, sustaining your educational advancement as well as maintaining a career has never been easier. In three of their campuses – Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria – they’ve achieved a zero drop-out rate in 2015. And, in the final campus at Randburg, the drop-out rate was less than 15%.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here and find your purpose at Vega School.

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For More Information

For more information about Vega School, check them out on their numerous platforms:

Website: www.vegaschool.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VegaSchool

Instagram: www.instagram.com/vegaschoolofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VegaSchool

Snapchat: www.snapchat.com/add/vegaschool

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/school/15096270?pathWildcard=15096270

Although we can go on and on about our shared love for books, they can be very expensive. You can easily spend a ridiculous amount of money on a couple of novels, and don’t even get us started on school textbooks. Big moola.

But this doesn't have to mean we should forego our love for paperbacks, though. Luckily there are some wonderful second-hand bookshops in Joburg. The quality of the book will determine the price you pay and for the most part, you can save a whole lot and get fairly decent quality.

So now you’re probably wondering where you can find these amazing bookstores right? Well, we gathered all our office bookworms, went on the hunt and found these fabulous spots. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Books Galore

Edenvale: Shop 2a, Greenstone Crescent, Stoneridge Drive, Modderfontein Hill, Edenvale/ (011) 452-2421/ Click here for more information. 
Linden: 56 - 4th Avenue, Linden, Randburg / (+27) 011 888-0760 / Click here for more information.
Lonehill: Shop LL03, Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill Boulevard, Sandton / (+27) 011 465-5524 / Click here for more information.
Sunninghill: Shop LL19, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre, 97 Edison Crescent, cnr of Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill / (+27) 011 234-9747 / Click here for more information.
Weltevreden Park: Shop 12, Town Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Hedrick Potgieter & Alberts Street, Weltevreden Park / (+27) 011 675-0693 / Click here for more information.

Book Fish

Available online at bookfish.co.za

Book Dealers

The Colony: Shop 15B, The Colony, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park / (011) 880 2463 / Click here for more information.
Blubird: 
Corner Athol Oaklands Road and Fort Street, Birnam / Click here for more information.
Melville: 12, 7th Street, Melville / 011 726 4054 / Click here for more information.
Greenside: 39 Gleneagles Road, Greenside /  011 782 1101 / Click here for more information.
Rivonia: 40 Wessel Road, Rivonia / 011 234 1250 / Click here for more information.

Ferndale Textbooks

1st floor of Ferndale Village Shopping Center, Corner Oxford and Main Street, Ferndale, Randburg / (011) 781 3379/ Click here for more information.

Know other great second-hand bookstores not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Although we can go on and on about our shared love for books, they can be very expensive. You can easily spend a ridiculous amount of money on a couple of novels, and don’t even get us started on school textbooks. Big moola.

But this doesn't have to mean we should forego our love for paperbacks, though. Luckily there are some wonderful second-hand bookshops in Joburg. The quality of the book will determine the price you pay and for the most part, you can save a whole lot and get fairly decent quality.

So now you’re probably wondering where you can find these amazing bookstores right? Well, we gathered all our office bookworms, went on the hunt and found these fabulous spots. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Books Galore

Edenvale: Shop 2a, Greenstone Crescent, Stoneridge Drive, Modderfontein Hill, Edenvale/ (011) 452-2421/ Click here for more information. 
Linden: 56 - 4th Avenue, Linden, Randburg / (+27) 011 888-0760 / Click here for more information.
Lonehill: Shop LL03, Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill Boulevard, Sandton / (+27) 011 465-5524 / Click here for more information.
Sunninghill: Shop LL19, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre, 97 Edison Crescent, cnr of Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill / (+27) 011 234-9747 / Click here for more information.
Weltevreden Park: Shop 12, Town Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Hedrick Potgieter & Alberts Street, Weltevreden Park / (+27) 011 675-0693 / Click here for more information.

Book Fish

Available online at bookfish.co.za

Book Dealers

The Colony: Shop 15B, The Colony, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park / (011) 880 2463 / Click here for more information.
Blubird: 
Corner Athol Oaklands Road and Fort Street, Birnam / Click here for more information.
Melville: 12, 7th Street, Melville / 011 726 4054 / Click here for more information.
Greenside: 39 Gleneagles Road, Greenside /  011 782 1101 / Click here for more information.
Rivonia: 40 Wessel Road, Rivonia / 011 234 1250 / Click here for more information.

Ferndale Textbooks

1st floor of Ferndale Village Shopping Center, Corner Oxford and Main Street, Ferndale, Randburg / (011) 781 3379/ Click here for more information.

Know other great second-hand bookstores not mentioned above? Let us know below!

What Is It?

For one week only, students will have the opportunity to see what's out there with regards to their studies. The International Education Expo will bring international university representatives from all over the world together in one place to recruit students and provide valuable information to aid in making this life-changing decision. If you've dreamt of studying overseas, this an expo that you cannot miss.

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You can expect to find these top universities:

Please note: There are no scholarships on offer and full tuition fees will be payable.

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When Is It?

Monday, 13 March – Friday, 17 March 2017.

Where Is It?

The International Education Expo will be taking place at the following venues at these dates and times:

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How Much Is It?

All expo venues are open to public and entry is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about Global Education’s International Education Expo, click here. You can also contact them at their respective offices on:

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Students

Apple Store

Did you know that as a student, most Apple stores offer discounts to you? So if you’re tech savvy and always looking for the trendiest gadgets, this can help make your learning experience more exciting and fun. After all,  who wouldn’t want the latest gadgets with features that can make your life easier, right?

Click here for more information.

Computicket

Yes, it’s true. Computicket brings you discounted tickets on a variety of entertainment. This means that you can get discounted tickets for comedy shows, expos, music events, festivals and so much more – depending on what kind of event it is. Now you’ve got no excuse to miss any cool events happening in our city.

Click here for more information.

Travel

This has to be one of the coolest parts of student discounts. Greyhound and Intercape take away the stress of travelling costs by giving you 5% off on travel costs. All you have to do is produce a valid student card upon booking and boarding the coach. Also don’t forget to check out student flights if you’re looking to jet off somewhere.

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Nikon

If you are a full time photography or graphic design student, you can save on an amazing Nikon DSLR camera and accessories. You just have to be registered at a South African institution and produce your valid student card. Now that’s something to take advantage off.

Click here for more information.

Orlando Towers

With all your studying and library visits, you need to let your hand down a bit. So, why not take advantage of the student discount offered by the Orlando Towers in Soweto? You can enjoy bungee jumping and swings, all at discounted prices. All you have to do is present your student card, and remember to make a booking.

Click here for more information.

Gold Reef City

At the close of semester you and your friends can plan a day out to Joburg's biggest theme park and tourist attraction - Gold Reef City. Get your adrenalin pumping and explore adventures and fun rides at the great price of R160, upon presentation of a valid student card. Now this is something worth checking out.

Click here for more information.

Do you know of any places that you can make the most of being a student?

By Neo Sesinye

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We are all aware of the fact that university fees are very high in South Africa, and that many varsity students – especially those who are not from Johannesburg – cannot afford accommodation while studying. From undergraduates living in homeless shelters to postgraduates working two jobs to keep a roof over their heads, finding a decent place to stay without breaking the bank is as important to the success of a degree as overpriced textbooks and attending lectures are. According to the City of Johannesburg, some 20% of Johannesburg residents live in abject poverty, and a big number of those are made up of varsity students.

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This article is not about scholars without roofs over their heads but a rough guide to student accommodation in and around town. Joburg is a vibrant city with a rich and exciting nightlife, thanks to the two universities, UJ and WITS. A lot of businesses, such as the restaurants and coffee shops of Braamfontein and Melville, to name a few, rely on student occupancy. Because of such a high influx of students, which increases each year, accommodation is always in demand. After a quick search-engine investigation, one quickly notices that finding a place to stay is more daunting than one would expect. Reality is a bitter pill and a list of things should be taken into consideration, such as the distance needed to travel to and from varsity, general safety and the de facto tie breaker: price.

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A student at UJ’s first choice would be one of the many residences situated around their Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto Campuses. Monthly levies at these dormitories range from R1 000 to R5 000 per room which, in itself, is a staggering amount of money. Because on-campus accommodation prices are through the roof, many students turn to the private rental market. Rooms can be found on OLX from as little as R500 per month - the only problem is that many of these are shared rooms, leaving very little room for privacy and, in most cases, the cheaper the rent, the dodgier the area. One such example would be apartments and hostels situated in and around Brixton’s shopping district. Here, personal advertisements for student accommodation are taped to every other street lamp and electrical box. A more palatable option would be for students to look towards Westdene and Melville for a place to stay as the crime rate is lower, but the prices are higher. Everything from shared apartments above real estate agencies to beautiful garden cottages close to the dam can be found here and prices range from R1 350 to R4 600.

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Those studying at WITS have it somewhat easier as rental properties within the city are cheaper, more spacious and, believe it or not, a lot safer. South Point, located on De Korte Street in Braamfontein, offers comfortable living within walking distance from WITS’ main campus. The only problem with this is, of course, that it’s fairly expensive. Alternatively, students have been known to live in communes in Hillbrow and surrounding areas ,which often works out very well. A two-bedroom flat can cost as little as R1 350 per month, and a top floor loft can be rented at around
R5 000, split between four people.

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With the City of Johannesburg’s 20-year plan to link all neighbouring towns such as Roodepoort, Randburg and Sandton to the city with dedicated cycle lanes, student accommodation will become more accessible and readily available. But, until then, we’ll have to make use of the resources available such as contacting letting agents, scrounging around the web and searching through classifieds.

By Shawn Greyling

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The Sandton Field and Study Centre can be found in Parkmore and offers a variety of courses and programmes like art lessons, bridge, photography and web design, cooking classes as well as domestic cooking and home baking. There are also various clubs such as Pilates, senior exercise, Smoke Enders, stretch and tone body conditioning, Boot Camp for ladies and kids yoga. Language courses are also on offer such as English for second language speakers, TEFL, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Zulu. The premises also has a restaurant, River Café, to sit back and enjoy a meal or drink. To find out more about the Sandton Field and Study Centre or about the classes/courses offered click here.

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