Get to know the University of Johannesburg

Welcome to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Mobi site, where you can find out all about UJ and what to expect when you start studying.

Auckland Park Bunting Road (APB)

Faculties available:

  • Arts, Design and Architecture (FADA)
  • Management
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality

Auckland Park Kingsway (APK)

Faculties available:

  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)
  • Economics and Financial Sciences (FEFS)
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Management
  • Science

Doornfontein (DFC)

Faculties available:

  • Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)
  • Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Management

Soweto (SWC)

Faculties available:

  • Education
  • Management
  • Economics and Financial Sciences
  • Humanities

Where is UJ?

UJ is in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Some facts about Johannesburg:

  • Also known as Joburg, Jozi and eGoli (City of Gold).
  • The biggest and fastest growing city in South Africa.
  • The business hub of South Africa for many industries.


  • Summer: Hot with thunderstorms
  • Winter: Cold and dry.

Transport in Johannesburg CBD

Minibus taxis:

  • The are two big taxi ranks in downtown Johannesburg (CBD):
    • Noord Street
    • Bree street
  • Go to one of these taxi ranks to catch a taxi to UJ.

Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system:

  • The Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system is quite new and runs through main routes in Johannesburg, including Soweto, Eldorado Park and Johannesburg CBD.
  • The Rea Vaya is also being rolled out to other areas in Johannesburg.
  • There are stations near all UJ campuses.
  • Find out more on their website:

Metro bus system

Metrorail train


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Staying safe in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is full of friendly people, but just like in any big city, you should follow some tips to keep safe:

  • Walk with other people whenever you can.
  • Let a friend or roommate know where you are going.
  • Keep your bag closed and hold onto it at all times when you are out.
  • If you are not sure about directions, look for someone in uniform (preferably a policeman) and ask for help.

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What do I need to organise now that I’ve been accepted to UJ?


If you are coming from outside of Johannesburg, you will need to find somewhere to live. You should ask about:

  • UJ’s residences (only for a limited number of students).
  • Off-campus student accommodation (not through UJ).

All accommodation in Johannesburg is expensive.

You can expect to pay between R1500-R3000 per single room.

There is more information about accommodation in the accommodation section on this website.


You will need enough money to pay for all your daily expenses, including:

  • University Fees
  • Textbooks and stationery
  • Costs of printing assignments and class notes
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Tablet/laptop

If you need to apply for financial assistance, make sure to apply early.

Finance is discussed in detail in the Finance Section of this website.

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Why do people attend university?

  • People choose to go to university for different reasons:

    • To obtain or to improve their qualifications
    • To improve their chances of getting a better job
    • To get a high-paying job
    • To get a competitive edge in the job market
    • To serve the community
    • To improve their skills
    • To develop the country’s economy.

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A university education…

  • Teaches students critical thinking and problem solving
  • Enables students to join a community of scholars and to become creators of knowledge.
  • Gives students the opportunity to be taught by lecturers who are also Professors and Doctors in their field of specialty.

Think about your own expectations of the University and what you would like to achieve at university. Write these expectations down in your journal.

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What the University expects from its students:

Students are expected to adhere to the rules, conventions and standards of the University:

Are there any other expectations you think of? Write these down in your journal.

How is university different from school?

  • University prepares you for life long learning
  • Teachers and parents will be making fewer decisions for you. You will need to become independent and take responsibility for your own success.
  • There is little monitoring and following up by your lecturers. You will have to develop self-monitoring skills to keep up with the work.
  • Be prepared to face an increased level of academic competition and to have less contact with your instructors.
  • You have to be assertive to seek assistance and support when you need it.

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10 top success techniques at university

  1. Know why you are there (focus)
  2. Learn what types of resources are available on Campus and make use of them
  3. Get to know other students
  4. Manage your time effectively 
  5. Attend classes regularly and keep up to date with readings and assignments
  6. Develop effective study habits
  7. Make sure you know about university policies and procedures
  8. Learn effective stress management strategies
  9. Be aware of the early warning signs of academic difficulty and get help
  10. Keep a diary of all tests and assignments with submission dates
The University of Johannesburg has Student support services to assist you on your journey to academic success, one of these services is PsyCaD - click here to find out more

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10 top survival tips for university

  1. Remind yourself regularly why you are at University, to help you to focus.
  2. Learn what types of resources are available on your campus and make use of them.
  3. Get to know other students.
  4. Learn to manage your time effectively.
  5. Attend classes regularly and keep up to date with readings and assignments.
  6. Develop effective study habits.
  7. Make sure you know the university policies and procedures.
  8. Learn effective stress management strategies.
  9. Be aware of the early warning signs of academic difficulty and get help.
  10. Keep a diary of all tests and assignments with submission dates.

 For more information and help:

The Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD)

The Academic Development Centre (ADC)

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Faculties and Departments

At University there are faculties (these are specialised divisions within a university that offer different degrees, within a similar subject area)


  • A faculty is an academic division within a university that offers different degrees, within a similar field (e.g. Faculty of Humanities).
  • Each faculty consists of various departments for each specific subject area that the Faculty offers (e.g. The Department of Philosophy is in the Faculty of Humanities and in charge of coordinating the Philosophy modules).
  • Each faculty is managed by a Dean, and each department is managed by a Head of Department (HOD).
  • In each department, there are lecturers who teach courses or modules of the departments’ subjects.

At UJ, there are nine Faculties:

Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
(FADA)011 559 1098

Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences
(FEFS)011 559 2492

Faculty of Education
011 559 3251

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
(FEBE)011 559 6588 / 2599

Faculty of Health
011 559 6223 / 2892

Faculty of Humanities
011 559 2197

Faculty of Law
011 559 2141

Faculty of Management
011 559 2105 / 1348 / 5601

Faculty of Science011 559 2459

  • A faculty consists of different schools / departments.
  • At UJ there are nine Faculties
  1. Faculty of Education
  2. Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture FADA
  3. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment FEBE
  4. Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences FEFS
  5. Faculty of Health Sciences
  6. Faculty of Humanities
  7. Faculty of Law
  8. Faculty of Management
  9. Faculty of Science
  • At the head of the Faculty is the DEAN
  • There are Subjects; Courses or modules that are taught by lecturers .
  • Most lecturers are have a doctoral qualification and are called Doctors, and then there are Professors.
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