Delegates have two main options in terms of accommodation: to stay in one of the university’s halls of residence, booked via our registration page, or to arrange accommodation privately in one of Grahamstown’s B&Bs or hotels.
The residences at Rhodes University are grouped into nine halls, all set in lovely gardens. Delegates at our conference will be booked into one of the most central halls on campus and within easy walking distance of all the conference venues. Most rooms are single, with access to shared bathroom facilities. All residences are arranged around a central dining hall and recreation area.
Courtenay-Latimer Hall – architecture by Herbert Baker
Courtenay-Latimer Hall is made up of three residences. The oldest women’s residences on campus, Oriel and Jameson , were designed by Herbert Baker’s partnership, Baker and Kendall. In May 1915, Oriel House was ready for occupation; in 1921 Jameson House and the first women’s dining hall were in use. The third residence in Courtenay-Latimer Hall, Beit House built on the site of an earlier Sanatorium, was ready in 1935
DROSTDY HALL – full of culture and history
In Drostdy Hall old and new are blended together to give a rich melange of culture and history. The Hall comprises three houses and a dining hall, all built at different stages of the University’s life and reflecting different architectures. Graham and Prince Alfred are among the older group of residences, each with its own rich history. Allan Gray was built in the 1980’s. The diversity of architecture and age reflect the diversity of the inhabitants, with 263 students from 17 to 50 years of age from 26 different countries all eating under one roof in the dining Hall.
HOBSON HALL – the friendly place to be
Situated in beautiful surroundings, those in Hobson Hall strive to build an environment of fellowship and equality, and (in the spirit of Rhodes University mantra), the pursuit of academic excellence. (Extract from the Hall constitution)
Hobson Hall is made up of: Milner House, Dingemans House, Hobson House and Livingstone House centrally situated on campus close to the Library, sports facilities and lecture theatres.
All the residents of the Hall eat in the central Hobson Dining Hall in a relaxing and casual atmosphere conducive to rich networking while catching up with old and new acquaintances
St Mary - The Hall with spirit and soul
Gateway to a memorable university experience where the surroundings are tranquil, and a staff dedicated to ensure warm hospitality to all that walk through its doors.
Four residences and an annex compromise St Mary Hall. The residences are situated on both sides of the dining hall shared by all four residences. When looking at the layout of the hall it almost seems as though the dining hall is the hub of the hall with pathways leading to its four cornerstones: John Kotze House, Phelps House, Olive Schreiner House and Lillian Britten House.
The residences vary in size and number of rooms with John Kotze House comprising 72 and Lillian Britten House only 24 rooms. Olive Schreiner is situated opposite John Kotze and linked by a beautiful garden with garden benches where guests and delegates can be seen socialising in the warm summer afternoons. Phelps and Lillian Britten Houses are connected by a well-kept soft green lawn where garden benches are strategically placed in the shade of the trees surrounding these lawns. Ideal for volleyball, garden parties and picnics, weather permitting.
Delegates opting for university accommodation should note the following:
- Bathing, showering and toilet facilities are available in every residence. No rooms have private bathrooms.
- Although almost all accommodation is in single rooms, some residences offer a limited number of twin-bedded rooms.
- Bedding is provided.