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 Residence Accommodation

 
  • Residences have Wardens and Resident Assistants (RAs). Their role is to assist in the halls of residence. Students should register their concerns, such as maintenance work, through the RAs. Other issues such as emergencies or conflict with roommates can be reported to the Wardens. RAs are students of the University while wardens are University employees.   
  • Laundry Services: token operated washing machines and dryers are available in the students’ launderette. In addition each block has small hand wash basins.
  • Cleaning Service: The University provides cleaning services at the halls of residence.  Bathrooms and passages are cleaned on daily basis, Monday to Friday. Thorough cleaning of individual rooms is done twice a month. Students are required to clean their rooms in between. 
  • Maintenance: All maintenance issues need to be reported to the RA.  In his /her absence please report to the Administrative Assistant at Block 139 room 128.
 
Health and Wellness
 
The University has a clinic on campus headed by a medical doctor and is accessible to students 24 hrs. There is also a government hospital half a kilometer from campus and a private hospital about 2km away. All students enrolled in UB are covered and have access to the university medical facilities, but this excludes major medical problems such as operations or overnight stays at the hospital. You may want to make other arrangements in case of major emergencies.
 
Safety and Security
 
Campus security services are available 24 hours a day with offices centrally located within campus. Patrols are conducted throughout campus, including students’ hostels, day and night. Students may also request to be escorted to their rooms after dark from all buildings including the library which is open till 11:00PM during the week. Needless to say, at night students need to take normal precautions.
 
Emergency phone numbers: 
  • Protection Services: 3552396/4253/4599   Toll Free: 0800 600 757

  • Medical Rescue: 911 

  • Ambulance: 997

  • Police: 999

  • Fire: 998

 

 
Getting your Post Mail
 
Use the following address:
 
Your Name (e.g.: Ms Joan Doe)
C/O Office of International Education and Partnerships
Block 139/126
P. Bag 0022
Gaborone
Botswana.
 
Student Centre
 
This is the main hub of student life outside of the classrooms and the library.  There are two halls for academic, cultural and recreational purposes.  The Centre also houses: 
 
  • A Post office, bookstore, convenience store, student lounge, souvenir shop and student coffee bar.
  • The Student Representative Council, and its various ancillary bodies
  • The Student Welfare Department, which is responsible for accommodation
  • Disability Support Services
  • Careers and Counselling Centre
 
Culture, Sports and Recreation
 
The department of Culture, Sports and Recreation organises sporting, cultural and recreational opportunities and experiences, including, the annual inter-varsity games with the Universities of Lesotho and Swaziland. It also manages all campus sports facilities. Each Semester the department organizes an international day in which international students showcase their culture as well as provide food dishes for sampling. 
 
World-class sporting facilities are available on campus. A stadium with capacity for track and field events, an Olympic sized swimming pool, outdoor courts for table tennis, tennis, volleyball, boxing, netball and basketball and indoor courts for badminton, aerobics, as well as weightlifting. There is also a multipurpose state of the art indoor sports facility which is available for students to use.
 
Student Organizations
 
There are a number of student organizations and societies active on campus. These include academic organisations, performing arts groups, charitable organisations, religious organisations and many others. These are coordinated from the office of the Student Representative Council (SRC).
 
Library
 
The library supports and advances the learning, teaching and research mission of the university by facilitating access to scholarly collections and information resources. The total library holdings stand at 322 148 volumes, in both print and electronic documents making it the largest library in the country.
 
Getting Around in Gaborone
 
Public transport around Gaborone is mainly via mini-buses (known as combis) with blue number plates and labelled with route numbers. A combi takes about 16 persons including the driver. A conductor collects the bus fare, but in his absence you will give your bus fare to the driver. A combi fare is P3.50 and P4.00 for a taxi per person. One can also call for a private cab service from a hotel, place of residence or any location. Cabs are available around the clock and the fare ranges from P25.00 to P100.00 depending on the distance to your destination around Gaborone. 
 
Shopping
 
Gaborone has many shopping centres with the nearest to campus, River Walk, less than 2 kilometres away.  Food, utensils, clothing, toiletry, electronics, and much more can be purchased there. There are also a number of restaurants and a multiplex cinema. The orientation program for international students will include learning how to use public transportation to go to other shopping areas in Gaborone. 

 

Contact Details :
Student Centre Building, Block 139, Office 127