What is an Oppidan?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Oppidan "as an inhabitant of a university town as distinguished from a member of the university itself " i.e. a student living off campus, in accommodation rented independently of Rhodes, is an Oppidan- or Oppi for short. We also call ourselves 'Digs' students.

What is the Oppidan Union?

The Oppidan Community is the single largest student body at Rhodes.  Oppis enjoy the benefits of increased independence and freedom from somr of the structures of life in residence, but off-campus living also provides its own challenges.  Thus the Oppidan Union was formed to help our Oppi's face all these challenges.    The Oppidan Union consists of the Wardens, Sub Wardens and House Committee to help with all your needs.

What is the Oppidan Warden and what do they do?

The Oppid


Oppidan Sub-wardens help the Hall Warden to effectively run the Oppidan Union, and to provide a high-quality support service to student.  They are pro-actively involved with the Oppidan students and interested in all aspects of their lives-academic,sport, social and personal.  In particular Sub-wardens are there to offer support and advice to new and current Oppidans who are settling into digs life and to offer guidance and direction during times of crises.

What is the Oppidan Committee?

The Oppidan Committee is comprised of Oppidans selected by fellow students. Their mandate is to look after the interests of all students living off-campus and they achieve this by maintaining channels of communication between Rhodes and Oppidans.  They are also resposible for organising events and functions to get the Oppidans together and interacting.

 Welcome from the Chairman of the Oppidan Committee: Bianca McClean



Chairperson’s Welcome

Hello and welcome to Rhodes University! My name is Bianca McLean and I am your Oppidan councillor of Rhodes SRC 2021

I am responsible for representing the ever growing student body that lives off campus.

Along with the Oppida

n committee, I remain in regular contact with the Oppidan

Community by means of newsletters and publications, with help from the Media Councillor. I am available to Oppidan students who request consultation or consideration on Oppidan matters. Safety is my number 1 concern; therefore I am there to address off-campus safety and security concerns via the appropriate university structures and shall actively pursue the implementation of safety and security measures off campus. I act as a channel between Oppidans and the SRC, a channel between the Oppidan Committee and the SRC, a network between the Oppidan Sub wardens and the SRC, and act as a link between Oppidan students and University structures for all concerns relating to University structures, rules and regulations in relation to Oppidan Students to ensure an enjoyable time at Rhodes University. This means that if you are fighting with your roommate, arguing with your landlord or looking to sign a lease, I am the person who can direct you to who you need to talk to. The Oppidan committee whom I work with is there to ensure the safety and harmony of students living off campus. The Sub-wardens and Warden are there to assist just like in any res but are train to tackle the unique issues that come with living off campus such as roommate and tenancy agreement disputes. The Oppidan committee is there to ensure that oppidans are given the full university experience. Whether it be sports teams or even legal aid, Oppidans are provided with excellent support through me and the Oppidan committee. Through clear communicate and innovation during this new normal we are living through I trust we can have a productive year.


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