Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Are you considering joining Allan Webb Hall?

New Students wishing to apply to Rhodes University and who wish to be accommodated in our Hall should make enquiries to:


Students currently at Rhodes wishing to transfer to Allan Webb Hall should fill in the appropriate form at the Student Bureau.

What to Bring

Please note that the following items are suggestions that students have found useful. If you live far from Grahamstown, it may be difficult to bring everything on this list. While you might want to consider bringing some or all of the following items with you, keep in mind that there are shopping outlets in Grahamstown, where you can buy most of the items. The university provides bedlinen, including 2 pillows, a duvet and a blanket. You may bring your own curtains or bedlinen, but you will then be responsible for their laundering. Beds are single, but duvets and covers provided by the University are three-quarter size. In your room there is a heater on the wall.

During vacations the students’ personal belongings are stored in our boxrooms. Although some people bring metal trunks, remember that these are large and heavy to transport and to cart up and down the stairs. For boxroom storage students mostly use cartons sealed with tape and labelled.

More important things are:

  • kettle
  • tray for kettle
  • drinking mug and glass
  • cereal bowl
  • Microwave dish
  • fork, knife, spoon, can/bottle opener
  • toiletries
  • bath and swimming towels (and a swimming costume)
  • laundry basket or bag
  • washing powder (for cold water washing)
  • alarm clock
  • radio/stereo (with headphones so as not to disturb your fellow residents)
  • a computer or a laptop (if you can afford one - all our residences are connected to ResNet; alternatively you may wish to use the Jacaranda Labs)
  • hangers for clothes
  • good quality multiplug extension
  • hairdryer
  • calculator
  • exampads and clipboard
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • stationery
  • punch
  • files to store your notes in
  • flashlight (to help when the lights go out)
  • some smart 'going-out' clothes (to impress and to dress for success)
  • some formal/traditional clothes (The Hall hosts several Formal Dinners each year, and chances are, you will be invited to those at other residences)
  • an umbrella / rain-coat (Grahamstown's Weather is predictably unpredictable)

Less important things are:

  • backpack or book satchel
  • bag or plastic basket for toiletries
  • flip-flops / slippers
  • iron (handy when you need to iron something to wear for those formal dinners!
  • camera
  • sewing kit
  • electric fan

Things Not to Bring

Certain household items pose a fire hazard when utilized in buildings inhabited by many people. Students are not allowed these things in the residence:

  • air conditioners
  • electric blankets
  • coffee makers
  • toasters/toaster ovens
  • snackwich or waffle maker
  • electric frypan
  • grill
  • microwave ovens
  • immersion heaters
  • refrigerator
  • homemade extension cords
  • extension cords with joins in them
  • heaters
  • hot plates
  • candles
  • incense
  • pets (except fish in a fish-bowl or fish-tank)

Items of Sports Equipment

Allan Webb Hall is very fortunate to its own TennisCourt, Basket-Ball Court and a Swimming Pool - so a tennis racquet, relevant footwear and a swimming costume would not be wasted. In addition to these facilities the University also has:

  • 1 Heated Swimming Pool
  • 1 Multi-user Clubhouse
  • 2 Floodlit Rugby Fields
  • 1 Beach Volleyball Court
  • 2 Cricket Fields
  • 1 Martial Arts Dojo
  • 1 Floodlit Artificial Hockey Surface
  • 1 Rowing / Sailing Clubhouse at Settlars Dam
  • 1 Floodlit Grass Hockey Field
  • 1 Weight Training Facility
  • 3 Floodlit Soccer Fields
  • 1 Aerobics & Table Tennis Hall
  • 9 Tennis Courts (6 floodlit)
  • 1 Spinning Studio
  • 9 Squash Courts
  • 1 Indoor Climbing Wall
  • 1 Rowing Tank
  • 1 Basketball, Volleyball & Badminton Hall
  • 1 Floodlit Athletics Track
  • 1 Outdoor Floodlit Basketball & Netball Court
  • 1 50m Floodlit Rifle Range
  • 1 100m Floodlit Archery Range
  • 2 Floodlit Grass Netball Courts

In addition to the very active Inter-Residence Sports activities, there are also the following Sports Clubs which you might want to consider joining, and therefore you would need to plan to bring the relevant sports equipment normally associated with such activities:

  • Aikido
  • Aquatics
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoe
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • First Aid
  • Fly Fishing
  • Goju Ryu
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Kung Fu
  • Mountain
  • Netball
  • Pool
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Underwater
  • Volleyball

Information to bring with you

Upon arrival at one of the Residences in Allan Webb Hall you will be asked to provide some information.

The Wardens of the Hall keep track of emergency details for each student, such as the contact details of the Next of Kin or a person to contact in the case of an emergency. These would typically include a phone number (at work, home and a cell phone number if available), as well as a work/home address.  Student Info

If you are on a Medical Aid please bring the relevant information (e.g. Medical Aid Number and the name of the Medical Aid Scheme) so that you can fill the necessary forms in as quickly and as accurately as possible. Medical Info

Last Modified: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:47:46 SAST