Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Somerset West

​​​​​About Somerset West

Somerset West is in the Western Cape, South Africa. 

Helderberg Hospital

Helderberg Hospital is a district hospital with a 162-bed capacity. District hospitals serve a defined population within a health district and support primary health care; with district hospital package of care on a 24-hour basis. They have family physicians or general practitioners and clinical nurse practitioners providing health services; it includes in-patient and ambulatory health services as well as emergency health services.​

Participating Departments

       Family Medicine and Primary Care, Community Health & Rehabilitation Studies

       Obstetrics & Gynaecology

       Internal Medicine

       Occupational Therapy

​Academic Supervisors

Dr Werner ViljoenMBChB Site Coordinator / Family Physician021 850 4763​​
Ms Renita Fehrsen-Du ToitRehab / CH / IPE Facilitator021 887 6815

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

There are laptops and routers available from the SUNLOC office. Each item issued will require a R100 refundable deposit. Damaged, lost or late return of items will result in the forfeiture of the refundable deposit.

There is Wi-Fi available for students at the Helderberg Student Learning Centre.


  • 3 desktop computers for use by all students
  • Printer available for student use – please provide own paper


  • No prestik on walls
  • All lights to be switched off when you leave
  • Lock all doors and close all doors upon departure
  • No smoking, eating or drinking in the computer area
  • Keep center neat and tidy at all times
  • No disruptive behavior or loud music

 Accommodation Details and Contact Person/s

       Helderberg Hospital Nurse's Home

Contact Person    
Sr Anita Theron / Lauren Paulse
Contact Number 
021 850 4700

Access Cards

Hospital access cards are available, advised for students travelling with private cars as this will give you access to parking on the hospital premises. Access Cards can be collected from the SUNLOC office at R100 refundable deposit per card.

Address and driving directions
Head south toward Francie Van Zijl Drive (400m). Turn right at the first cross street onto Francie Van Zijl Drive (250m) and keep left to continue on Francie Van Zijl Drive (950m). Turn left onto De La Rey Street (3.1km). Use the right lanes to turn right onto Robert Sobukwe Road (1.8km). Turn left onto Borcherds Quarry Road (3km). Use the left lane to merge onto N2 via ramp to Somerset West (550m). Follow N2 to Broadway Boulevard in Firgrove Rural. Take the Broadway Boulevard exit from N2. (23.9km). Turn left onto Broadway Boulevard (850m) and use the right lanes to turn right onto Main Road (2.4km). Turn left onto Lourensford Road (1km), take a left onto Hospital Road and then left onto Batavia Street (59m).


All areas are for communal use.


  • 2 fully furnished bedrooms; own bedding to be provided
  • Bar fridge in room
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Cutlery and crockery provided in room


  • Showers for communal use
  • Please conserve water and electricity at all times as we are in crisis


  • Students are required to keep all communal areas and their bedrooms clean at all times
  • Communal areas will be cleaned by hospital staff once per week according to their schedule
  • Rooms to be kept neat and tidy at all times, no pile up of dirty tableware
  • Students are required to keep all communal areas and their bedrooms clean at all times
  • Communal areas will be cleaned by staff once per week according to their schedule

Inclusions & Exclusions
      The following items are allowed in rooms:

  • Tested hairdryer / hot brush / hair iron
  • Radio or CD player
  • Extension cord, multi-plug
  • Electronic alarm clock/radio
  • TV
  • Ironing Board & Iron
  • Kettle

The following items are prohibited in all rooms:

  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Overnight guests – family, friends and acquaintances
  • Loud music and disruptive behavior
  • Cooking appliances

       Safety & Security

  • Keep cars locked and keep valuables out of view
  • Personal valuable items are to be locked away when not in use
  • Close all windows and lock all doors upon exit
  • Emergency doors are only to be used in case of an emergency
  • Report any incidents or complaints immediately to Ms. Nicole Crow on 082 420 4864

    Your safety is a priority to the SUNLOC team and Stellenbosch University.
    Be alert and do not compromise your own safety under any circumstances.