Off-campus Internet access

Rhodes University provides Internet access in a number of private flat complexes and student housing in town, in conjunction with our partner service providers.  Each complex is connected to the University network with a fibre optic or high speed wireless link.  If you live in one of these locations, you can sign up for access.  Please note that, unlike eduroam, this is a charged-for service.

The wired network access service offered in previous years has been replaced with Wi-Fi service.

Where is this available?

ComplexAddressConnectedService provider
Allen Place Allen St 2012 GEEnet
Aquitaine Way African St (opposite Rose St) 2012 Insight
6A Croft Street 6A Croft St 2012 Insight
Doves-on-Huntley Huntley St 2012 GEEnet
Ellenor Court African St (behind Tintagel) 2014 Insight
One on Luke 1 Luke St 2013 Insight
Three on Luke 3 Luke St 2013 Insight
3rd on Milner 3 Milner St 2013 GEEnet
Mandalay-off-High Off High St (near Mad Hatters) 2012 GEEnet
New Holland Holland Street (off Milner St) 2013 Insight
Somerset Corner corner of African and Somerset St 2010 Insight
Summer Place corner of African and Somerset St 2009 Insight
The Greens New St (next to Hi-Tec) 2005 GEEnet
The Hub 20B African St (opposite Rose St) 2012 Insight
Tintagel African Street 2014 Insight

I live in one of those complexes; how do I start using the service?

Costs

  • You will need to make arrangements with the service provider before you can access the service in your complex.  This is because the Wi-Fi access points that connect you to the network all belong to the service provider (rather than the University) and the complex's service provider is responsible for maintaining them.  It also means that problems with coverage should be reported to the service provider (see the "Service provider" column above).
  • In addition to any fees paid to service providers, an annual fee of R401 is payable to the University.  Please visit the sign up page at https://register.ru.ac.za/offcampus/ to pay this fee. It is not refundable, and remains the same throughout the year (the same charge applies, whether you connect for one day or the whole year). However, this fee is only charged once during a given year; you will not charged again if you move between applicable off-campus locations.

Students living in such accommodation, like any other student, will be able to use eduroam when they're on campus without incurring any additional fee. As with other oppidans, they are also welcome to make use of other Internet service providers rather than the University.

How do I get my digs connected?

Due to financial, technology and staffing constraints, we regret that we are unable to consider adding any additional complexes to the network at this time.

What alternatives are there?

Unfortunately if your digs is not in one of the complexes listed in the table above, then you cannot connect to the Student Network from home. Most students in this circumstance make use of one of the local Internet service providers in town to get ADSL, wireless, or LTE connectivity from home. These will certainly be more cost-effective than anything we might be able to offer to a small digs.

That said, most of the University's core IT facilities (email, etc) and teaching resources (such as Internet resources offered by the Library & RUconnected) are available from anywhere on the Internet. This means that if you've got a private Internet connection at home, you'll still be able to access pretty much the same things as users of the Student Network.

Last Modified: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:47:21 SAST