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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.


  • 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:

Metro bus system

Metrorail train


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


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.


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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