Meals in residences

Accommodation fees do not include meals, except where so stated. The student cards of students placed in a University residence on the Stellenbosch Campus are activated for meals in the particular residence.  At the start of the year, students can load a meal quota via a computer terminal in the relevant residence, or through the student portal The meals quota may likewise through either of the two methods be replenished during the course of the year  until a specific date as communicated in the Calendar, Part 3 (normally early in the month of August).


After this date the quota may only be replenished with a cash payment at the Cashier's, or by an electronic credit card payment (under "Payment Options" after signing in at the student portal If the amount payable for the meal package is not depleted by the end of the academic year, the remainder is credited to the relevant student fees account.


Students are allowed to allocate a specific part of the meal quota for spending at an additional facility in the dining hall where different options of meals are made available.  However, students must be aware that meals at this facility are more expensively priced than the normally priced meals; the quota may therefore be depleted sooner if this option is preferred.


Meal Quotas


Cost of meals for 2016

Maximum package (3 meals a day, 7 days a week): between R12 136 and R13 463, provided that the option “meal of the day” is selected.  Other choices can be much more expensive.


Meal times 
Meals are served three times a day in the dining hall and students book in advance for the option of their choice. The times for meals shall be as arranged by the warden in consultation with the house committee.


Reservation of meals

Student on the Stellenbosch campus use a reservation system.  If the student is placed in a residence that provides for meals, the student's details are automatically recorded on the system.  The student must load a meal quota in order to activate the system.  Unreserved meals are priced at double the normal tariff.


PSO students 

PSO (Private Students' Organisation) students have to register per semester on the SU portal to be allowed to eat meals in a residence in their cluster or in the Student Centre. After registration the PSO member has to make a payment into the prepaid meal quota system against which spending can be incurred.

Thereafter, all regulations will apply as applicable to resident students' meal facility.


Special Diets

Since food is prepared in bulk in University Residences, no student shall be entitled to a special diet.