Matie students adding to the varsity town’s hustle and bustle are back on campus, particularly those, it seems, who have grasped the opportunity to test their independence.
As a result of this desire to live on or close to campus, there has been no let-up in the demand for student accommodation in Stellenbosch, despite Covid-19.
According to Pam Golding Properties Somerset West and Stellenbosch area manager, Louise Varga, the need for easy access to classes, an opportunity to participate in student life, and the desire to live independently has by no means declined over the past 24 months.
“Regardless of the adjustments we have all made to our lives because of actions taken to limit the impact of Covid-19, students still want to experience the independence living on campus affords them, while their parents also realise that doing so is beneficial for their personal growth,” says Varga.
“It’s a global phenomenon that residential properties in student towns achieve higher capital growth compared to the national average. There’s always a strong demand for accommodation in this historic town. In fact, our office processed 140 new leases in one day, ahead of the 2022 study year.
“Another benefit of purchasing a unit is that it enables parents to secure accommodation for as long as their child needs it. We’ve seen an upturn in students wanting to lease the same unit for the duration of their course. However, renting does not guarantee year-on-year accommodation as, if the unit is sold for example, their rental contract may not be renewed,” Varga says.
Student accommodation to check out
Da Vinci, Deo Gloria, 17 on Cluver and Archimedes are student-only developments taking every aspect of a student’s lifestyle into account and because they are semi-furnished, they ensure hassle-free accommodation from the outset.
These four developments offer features such as internet connectivity, laundry room or bi-monthly laundry service, weekly cleaning service, 24-hour manned security, remote control access gates and alarms in each unit.
Da Vinci is a contemporary three-storey, 41-unit development with home-from-home accommodation and extra communal areas creating the perfect environment for both study and leisure activities. Its hallmark feature is a roof-top communal braai area reputed to have “the best view in Stellenbosch”. Prices range from R1,825m to R3,995m.
Deo Gloria comprises studios, lofts and two or three-bedroom apartments, priced between R1,55m and R3,65m, and centrally situated on the Green Route on Cluver and Merriman Roads, within walking distance to campus and patrolled by security guards on foot and by bicycle. With its prime location opposite the tranquil Jan Marais Park, a pristine nature reserve, it offers the perfect environment for both study and leisure activities.
17 on Cluver enjoys beautiful Stellenbosch views from its position on the Green Route. Each of its semi-furnished units – priced from R1,58m – has been designed to maximise space. Outdoors, the garden has a swimming pool and three braai areas.
Archimedes is situated opposite the university’s Engineering Faculty and comprises studio and two-bedroom formats priced from R1,85m to R3,5m. With comprehensive security systems and green structures in place, it offers a secure, eco-friendly lifestyle.
Other developments marketed by Pam Golding Properties include Bosmans Club and The Niche, which are not student-only buildings but include apartments with more than two bedrooms, making them ideal for students’ parents to use when visiting, as well as broadening the rental appeal when the student graduates and moves away.