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University of Johannesburg UJ Directions

University of Johannesburg UJ Directions

Where is UJ?

UJ is in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Some facts about Johannesburg:

  • Also known as Joburg, Jozi and eGoli (City of Gold).
  • The biggest and fastest growing city in South Africa.
  • The business hub of South Africa for many industries.

Weather:

  • Summer: Hot with thunderstorms
  • Winter: Cold and dry.

Transport in Johannesburg CBD

Minibus taxis:

  • The are two big taxi ranks in downtown Johannesburg (CBD):
    • Noord Street
    • Bree street
  • Go to one of these taxi ranks to catch a taxi to UJ.
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Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system:

  • The Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system is quite new and runs through main routes in Johannesburg, including Soweto, Eldorado Park and Johannesburg CBD.
  • The Rea Vaya is also being rolled out to other areas in Johannesburg.
  • There are stations near all UJ campuses.
  • Find out more on their website: reavaya.org.za

Metro bus system

Metrorail train

Gautrain

What do I need to organise now that I’ve been accepted to UJ?

Accommodation

If you are coming from outside of Johannesburg, you will need to find somewhere to live. You should ask about:

  • UJ’s residences (only for a limited number of students).
  • Off-campus student accommodation (not through UJ).

All accommodation in Johannesburg is expensive.

You can expect to pay between R1500-R3000 per single room.

There is more information about accommodation in the accommodation section on this website.

Finance

You will need enough money to pay for all your daily expenses, including:

  • University Fees
  • Textbooks and stationery
  • Costs of printing assignments and class notes
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Tablet/laptop

If you need to apply for financial assistance, make sure to apply early.

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Finance is discussed in detail in the Finance Section of this website.

Why do people attend university?

  • People choose to go to university for different reasons:
    • To obtain or to improve their qualifications
    • To improve their chances of getting a better job
    • To get a high-paying job
    • To get a competitive edge in the job market
    • To serve the community
    • To improve their skills
    • To develop the country’s economy.
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