PRIVATE STUDENT ORGANISATIONS (PSOs)
Welcome to the
Private Student Organisation (PSO) general information page. For more information and the contact details for your specific PSO, please visit the individual house's tab under the dropdown menu, or see the links at the bottom of this page.
What is a PSO?
A Private Student Organisation, or PSO, is an organisational structure that supports private students living in private accommodation that attend Stellenbosch University (SU). These organisations are administered through the Centre for Student Communities, within the Division Student Affairs, and are led by elected student leaders, in collaboration with the PSO Coordinators who manage the PSO Office. Each PSO coordinates the orientation of new students, offers access to sporting, cultural and social activities, as well as leadership development opportunities. Newcomers are also allocated to a peer mentor through their PSO.
We believe the aforementioned structure assists in delivering well rounded graduates in society post-graduation. Please be reminded that
a PSO does not offer accommodation to students. If you do not choose to apply for a residence, or do not receive residence placement, you will be required to arrange your own private accommodation and will then form a part of a PSO.
Why do we use PSO's at Stellenbosch University?
One of Stellenbosch University's key focus areas for student development is the co-curricular and the out-of-class experience. The PSOs have been positioned in order to fulfil this need and to give students the opportunity to experience a wholesome and diverse University experience. All students who do not make use of the university's residence accommodation are automatically members of a PSO – approximately 70% of our students. These students are divided in different PSO communities which provide them with all the opportunities for successful social and academic integration on campus. Stellenbosch University utilises this structure to provide our Maties with support and opportunities for growth and development in the co-curricular environment. This allows our graduates to leave SU as well-rounded individuals who, as a result of their diverse university experience, are better positioned as attractive graduates in the job market.
What PSO will I be in?
You will be randomly allocated to one of the ten PSO wards, as per the
Stellenbosch University Placement Policy. Each PSO offers the same quality of academic and social support and will also allow you access to the facilities offered through each cluster. As a Matie you will take part in various activities through your PSO and cluster and will also, depending on your academic faculty, be allocated into academic tutorial groups as per your cluster. Students are not permitted to change PSO's and, as such, their allocation remains for the duration of their University journey. Should you “illegally" change PSO's you will find that you do not have access to any of the facilities, activities and leadership opportunities/roles linked to the PSO. It is therefore highly recommended that you stay within your allocated PSO in order to gain the most out of your university journey and not reach a point later on in your time at SU where you are not able to take on the opportunities offered through the PSO structure.
How does my cluster fit into this?
A cluster is made up of a number of residences and PSO's that are geographically close to one another. Clusters play a significant role in the integration and support of new students on campus and ensure that students experience the University as a caring and nurturing place. They also integrate the university experience of residence students, day students and students in private accommodation. Clusters also ensure that there are shared facilities between the PSO and Residence students.
Please note that all PSO Students, as defined in the
Student Fees (Calendar, Part 3), pay PSO Fees. Please refer to page 42 and paragraph 6.6 for more clarity on PSO Fees.
Is it a council decision that all students not living in University residence, barring those exemptions mentioned in paragraph 6.6, pay PSO fees up until the end of their honours year. As indicated above, PSO members have access to a whole host of out of class facilities and activities offered through their PSOs that they are strongly encourage he make use of. It is Stellenbosch University's intention that students participate in Residence or PSO activities in addition to their academics in order to leave SU as well-rounded graduates. This is one of SU's intended graduate attributes with the PSO & residence structure the intended vehicle used in order to attain this.
By being allocated a PSO, students are also granted access to book and eat meals in the open residence dining halls in their clusters. If a student is not in contact with their PSO for whatever reason, the student should contact the PSO Office to facilitate the relevant contact. Please see the contact details below.
Who are we?
The PSOs are administered through the PSO Office within the Centre for Student Communities (CSC), which forms part of the Division Student Affairs (DSAf) of Stellenbosch University, led by the Senior Director, Dr Choice Makhetha. DSAf is overseen by Vice-Rector: Teaching and Learning, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel. The PSO Office is managed by
The PSO Office was established in March 2016 to offer a world class co-curricular experience to PSO students. They are assisted by two PSO Assistants as well as the Vice-Chairperson of the Prim Committee. Collectively, the PSO Office oversees the elected students leaders (Prims, Vice-Prims, House Committee members and Mentors) of the ten PSOs on the Stellenbosch Campus.
Location of the PSO Office:
PSO General Enquiries:
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PSO Office Research and Strategic Development Assistant
PSO Office Administrative Assistant
Formal Information Documents:
SU Placement Policy /
Management Guidelines for the Application of the Placement Policy /
Bestuursriglyne vir Toepassing van die Plasingsbeleid
Student Fees (Part 3, Calendar)