It is the primary belief of the Centre for Student Communities that students’ learning and living environments should be integrated and should not function separately. As such, residences form part of the ResEd or cluster initiative.
The university residence is a student community in which community principles are applied to integrate students’ academic and living environments. The social dimension of community life in residence and the cluster is harnessed to support the University’s academic mission. In so doing, one of the University’s objectives is pursued, namely to provide students with a university experience in which the residence is an extension of academic life in the faculties; to establish a university environment that would create a well-rounded education experience for students, in line with the Strategic Framework and the profile of SU graduates.
The cluster initiative is aimed at building a student culture that promotes student success; a culture in which students not only have pleasant social experiences, but are also serious about being effective role players within and beyond South African borders. In line with the University’s institutional objectives, residence students as student community are encouraged to start applying their newly acquired knowledge now already, both in the residence community as well as beyond, in order to make a difference.