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Rhodes University: Location

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 students. The campus, long considered one of the most beautiful in the country, is situated in the `Festival City of Grahamstown', the home of the National Festival of the Arts, the Science and Technology festival (SciFest) and other festivals.

Over the years the campus has grown - today there are about 150 buildings, including 39 residences that accommodate almost 1 in 2 of Rhodes’ students. More residences are being built and plans are underway to build a new state-of-the-technology library to support academic and research endeavours. The University's landscaped grounds and flower-filled gardens invite students to study and play outdoors. The historical Makana Botanical gardens, restored and maintained by the University, lie adjacent to the campus and the year-round moderate climate lures students outdoors for jogging, walking and cycling as well as for a large variety of sports, art classes or recreation.

The campus and the city are small enough for students to make walking a way of life. Owning a car is agreeable but not necessary. Grahamstown is a fifty-minute drive from the sea and an hour-and-a-half from the stunning Winterberg mountains. With the Karoo to the north and the coastal plain to the south, it is ideally situated for a great variety of research and recreation opportunities.

Rhodes lies in what is politically and historically one of the most important areas of South Africa. The challenge of poverty, urbanisation and education is to be found in the community of Grahamstown and surrounds, which is of significance to the scholar and humanist alike. The city is also situated at the meeting point of four different climate zones, offering botanists, geographers, geologists, hydrologists, entomologists, zoologists, and limnologists a wide spectrum of interesting conditions right on their doorstep.