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Rhodes University

4.0 out of 5 (35 ratings / 30 reviews) Grahamstown, South Africa
Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. 

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Rhodes owes its unique character among South African universities to a combination of factors - historical, geographical, cultural and architectural.

Its history is a chronicle of the people whose intellect, vision and courage created and sustained a university, often against seemingly insuperable odds.


Students are able to undertake an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of Humanities, Science, Commerce, Pharmacy, Law and Education.

With the most favourable academic staff to student ratio among South African universities, Rhodes students are guaranteed easy access to academics and close supervision.


  • African Centre fro Ocean Governance (ACoG)
  • Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE)
  • Biomedical Biotechnology Research Unit (BioBRU)
  • Biopharmaceutics Research Unit (BRU)
  • Biotechnology Innovation Centre (BIC)
  • Catchment Research Centre
  • Centre for Social Development (CSD)
    • Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSDem)
    • Confucius Insitute (CI)
  • Centre for Applied Social and Research Action (CASRA)
  • Centre for Chemico- and Biomedicinal Research (CCBR)
  • Centre for Economic Journalism in Africa (CEJA)
  • Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)
  • Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT)


The Career Centre offers a career counselling and education service to assist students in their career planning and career development while at Rhodes.

Our aim is to encourage and enable students to make and implement well – informed decisions about their future careers.

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University Ranking

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801 -100
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893 -7
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Housing services

  • Allan Webb Hall:

Allan Webb consists of Canterbury, Canterbury Annex, Salisbury, Truro and Winchester.The smallest hall on campus situated in the beautiful and historic grounds of St.Peter’s.

  • Courtenay-Latimer Hall

Courtenay-Latimer consists of Beit, Jameson and Oriel. Located in the heart of campus, Courtenay-Latimer Hall is the home of a vibrant group of young women.

  • Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu Hall consists of Ellen Kuzwayo, Amina Cachalia, Calata, Margaret Smith, Hilltop 3 and Oakdene. This hall was formally know as Hill Top Hall.

Library services

The Rhodes University Library (RUL) has evolved into an attractive, well-resources and popular facility that is designed to actively promote and support the research, teaching and learning endeavours of the University.

The RUL, aligned to the RU faculties, provides customised services and products to undergraduates, post-graduates, staff, alumni and visiting scholars of each faculty.

ICT services

Student Support

Our Student Networking service provides a way for students to make use of their own private computers on the University's network.

Medical services

  • Treatment of minor ailments such as flu, tonsillitis, etc.
  • Long-term treatment of chronic illnesses, such as hypertension and diabetes
  • In-patient care for acute illnesses, infectious diseases eg. measles, mumps
  • Management and care of patients with infectious diseases
  • Post-operative care
  • Emergency assessment and crisis management

Student Life

Campus life

Over the years the campus has grown - today there are about 150 buildings, including 39 residences.

Graced with lovely grounds, 203 hectares in extent, an abundance of sports facilities and nestling in the hills of the beautiful and historic city of Grahamstown, the University offers an ideal physical environment for studying.

You will live, learn and play in elegant plaster and stone-under-tile buildings, several of which are National Monuments.

Sports facilities

We have the follwoing facilities:

  • Sand-base AstroTurf/ Athletics Track – with changing rooms and sports bar
  • Great Field – (Cricket & Rugby) with changing rooms
  • Dojo
    • The Hangar – Karate, DanceSport, and Table Tennis
    • Rifle Range
    • Swimming Pool – with Changerooms
  • Prospect Fields (Cricket & Soccer) with changing rooms and sports bar
  • King Field – Soccer (with lights) with changing rooms and clubhouse
  • Squash Courts – 6 Alec Mullins & 3 Pool Courts
  • Indoor Hall – Basketball & Volleyball
  • Mountain Wall
  • Netball Courts x 2
  • Tennis Courts x 8 with a clubhouse
  • Futsol Turf (soccer, hockey) with changing rooms and sports bar

Student clubs

The SRC oversees the operation of nearly 80 different Clubs and Societies which operate under their auspices.

Each society has its own elected leadership committee (chair, treasurer, secretary etc) and is responsible for organising their own functions, and monitoring their budgets These societies include cultural interest groups (e.g. debating, drumming, poetry), religious societies, political and awareness-raising groups, and environmental clubs.


The qualifications offered by Rhodes are approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training for subsidy purposes, accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education (HEQC of the CHE) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The HEQC is the Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) for the whole higher education sector, as recognized by SAQA.

Student Reviews

RU Amazing?
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The experience is generally good with exceptional faculties amd lecturers

Unbelievable 😯
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the lectures as the lecturers made sure that students understood the concept in every way possible. For example, they made the use of YouTube videos of very influential scholars ...provided notes held seminars and the school had specialised libraries for certain modules. Entertainment was also provided as events were held such as games night, braais amongst...

Rhodes University, where leaders learn
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

the atmosphere was conducieve for studying with very helpfull lecturers who were professional. the university offered excellent resources for students

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