Life at Fort Hare

As an inter-active partner with business, government, the community and the schools around us, Fort Hare enhances the culture, quality of life and economic vitality of Alice and the Nkonkobe Municipal Area. This positions Fort Hare as an important social player with all the attributes of a community. Our residences provide a homely environment for our students. A mainly residential university, most of the names of our residences have direct links with our missionary beginnings. Being "in res" creates various opportunities for our students - you become a close-knit student body where people of different ages, cultures, interests, ideologies, religions and backgrounds meet and learn to live together. Matrons supervise the residences and at some dining halls, meals are served cafeteria style. A multi-million rand project to improve facilities at our residences is under way.

We leave nothing to chance when it comes to your security and comfort. To enhance campus security, Masakhane Security Services are currently contracted to ensure your safety at Fort Hare. Security guards watch the two main gates to the university and patrol the main campus. They are here to assist you in case of an emergency, 24 hours a day. As you will discover quite a number of our students do know how to live it up. For your recreation needs the campus life includes a number of student associations, clubs and organisations and a full complement of intramural and external sports and cultural programmes. Fort Hare is also at the centre of inter-scholastic excitement as the host to various inter-university sporting and cultural activities. The world-renowned hiking spot on the Hogsback Mountains is just minutes from the main campus, while the warm East London beach is only an hour away. At times you may just want to chill out at our student rendezvous - the Student Centre - or just laze around next to the swimming pool and unwind.