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University of the Free State


  • From a humble start in 1904, the UFS became a well-known institution, boasting 164 NRF-accredited researchers and 2 521 staff members. 
  • Our students can participate in 22 different sport disciplines and study from 671 182 library books, including 14 000 ebooks. 
  • Our ever-expanding facilities and knowledge base present many opportunities for scholars to impact locally and globally.


  • Since 1904, the UFS has grown steadily as an internationally recognised university, with scholars who continue to influence global growth. 
  • Today, we have several international partnerships and a growing number of international students gracing our campuses. This all contribute to a rich, diverse body of knowledge and skills.


  • The next stage in the evolution of universities has been the ‘entrepreneurial university’, with universities partaking in the creation of a business future, and issues such as venture creation, incubation, and risk management becoming important.The fourth stage, in which some are already participating, but which for many remains a ‘future stage’, is the ‘knowledge platform university’. 
  • This type of university sees its responsibility to build the knowledge markets and platforms of the knowledge society. 
  • And so the university and parts of the university form partnerships to establish research consortia and research platforms, industry clusters and platforms, and creative commons and open-source platforms.

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Housing services

  • A variety of accommodation options exist, both on the campuses and in the residential areas surrounding the university. Accommodation is not guaranteed when an applicant is accepted as a student.
  • The UFS has only single-sex residences which cater for senior and junior students in single or double rooms, with shared bathrooms. 
  • Senior students may also qualify for on-campus apartments. Rooms in residences are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and curtains and are equipped with central heating and Internet access. Residences for women have access control.

Library services

  • Sasol Library
  • Frik Scott Library (in the Medical Faculty)
  • Music Library (in the Odeion School of Music)
  • Neville Alexander (South Campus) Library
  • Computer Laboratory – Thakaneng Bridge

Campus life

  • The University of the Free State (UFS) receives visitors on a daily basis throughout the year. The Bloemfontein campus of the university is easily accessible from all parts of the city.
  • The vibrant Qwaqwa Campus in the picturesque Eastern Free State serves a rapidly growing number of rural students from the immediate area and surrounding provinces.
  • Our South Campus provides alternative access to higher education for promising students who did not obtain the required marks in their final school examinations. Several programmes are in place that off er students the opportunity to access higher education.

Sports facilities

  • With 22 sporting codes to choose from, the UFS is an important incubator for participants in team and individual sports. We have produced more than 80 national athletes, of which 15 were world champions and/or participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 100 Springbok and sevens rugby players studied with us, and UFS netball delivered three national captains and a total of 20 Proteas. 
  • We have also been the national university tennis champions for twelve years running.

Student clubs

  • The Social Work Student Association (SWSA) is a student body representing registered social work students. The SWSA exist, in its own right and according to the rules, regulations and Constitution of the Institutional Student Representative Council (ISRC) and the Department of Social Work of the University of the Free State (UFS), even in the event of changes to its membership or executive committee members”.
  • The primary aim of the SWSA is to guide students of the Department of Social Work towards excellence by improving their educational standards and promoting the moral and ethical code of the profession.

  • Council on Higher Education (CHE)
  • Central and East European Management Development Association 
  • International Accreditation (CEEMAN IQA)

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

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