Property Around: The University of the Free State

(Article by Caitlin W)

The University of the Free State (UFS) with its Main Campus in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa and in the heart of the country, is one of the oldest South African institutions of higher learning. 

Suburbs surrounding the university

Suburbs surrounding the main campus includes Park West and Universitas, both these suburbs are in walking distance of the university. 

Park West - This sunny and leafy suburb of Bloemfontein is perfectly positioned for university students who are opting to walk or even bike to the university. Property in the area includes houses, townhouses and flats.

Universitas - A favourite with medical students due to the Universitas Academic Hospital which is located here. 

Things to do on campus

If you’re in Bloemfontein and bored, the campus at the University of the Free State has a few spots to visit. Let’s check out five of them. 

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the vibe on a University campus. The zing of knowledge is in the air – not to mention the fumes from last night’s party! One such campus is that at the University of the Free State. If you’re a prospective student, a wary parent, or an eager onlooker, this University offers some of the most fun and fascinating spots to visit. 

The Thakaneng Bridge

The Thakaneng Bridge is the heart of activity on campus. It’s where the students hang out between classes to catch a bite, meet up or review work. Featuring a row of food shops, with incredibly low prices, the Bridge is the best place to fill that grumbling tummy whilst exploring the campus. The Sandwich Shop creates sublime subs, sandwiches and salads to tickle your taste buds. Fancy some entertainment? Why not peer through the glass box into Kovsie FM headquarters, or watch one of the many TVs along the walls? Beware parents, from Monday through Friday, this area is bustling, noisy and filled with students in a hurry to get where they’re going. 

The UFS-Sasol Library

After you’ve filled up on cheap – and surprisingly satisfying – student food, it’s time to exercise your brain. Stop in at the UFS-Sasol Library which has the largest collection of books in South Africa. They’ve got levels upon levels of books, computers and helpful assistants. If you’re not keen on reading, you can always visit the computer labs and get your nerd on. Fortunately, the library also has a display of ancient artifacts. Articles such as papyrus scrolls, drawings, stone age tools and a replica of the Rosetta stone are proudly displayed on the second level. If your brains itching for some information, this is the place to go. 

The Odeion and Art Gallery

On certain nights, the Drama Faculty of the UFS put on brilliantly acted and directed plays for the enjoyment of students and locals alike. Watching one of these performances will set your artsy nerve-endings tingling and is always a highlight for those who are interested in delving into the cultural side of the University campus. Speaking of cultural, the UFS art gallery displays the works of student artists and is a brilliant spot for inner reflection and relaxation. 

Shimla Park

The atmosphere at a rugby game at Shimla Park is unforgettable. Enjoy South Africa’s favourite sport on campus and support the Shimla’s whilst they face off against Maties, Pukke or any of the other University teams. Be prepared for a rousing time accompanied by a few beers and hordes of enthusiastic students. The anticipation at these games is near palpable. Not an event to miss when it’s on. 

The Main Building 

If the Thankeneng Bridge is the heart of activity on campus, the Main Building and it’s courtyard is the soul. This is a must-see because of the series of intricate and powerful fountains, and the lush gardens they are surrounded by. The campus has been around since 1904, and the Main Building strikes an imposing and inspiring figure all in one. Though, this has never stopped a few sneaky students from slipping bubble bath into the fountain system and wreaking a bit of havoc! 

History, culture, arts, sports, knowledge and the young attitude of its students, make the University of the Free State’s campus the place to explore when visiting or residing in Bloemfontein. But don’t let this list limit you – sight-see to your heart’s content and immerse yourself in the rich history which the University of the Free State has to offer. 

Property currently for sale or to rent close to the university

Property for sale and to rent in Park West includes large sunny homes and beautifully appointed townhouses, while apartments are well established.

Property for sale and to rent in Universitas comprises of townhouse, homes and plenty of new developments.

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