BENEFITS OF LIVING AT RESIDENCES
By: Nasiphi Gigaba
Living at a DUT residence is said to be of great advantage to students attending at the institution because the residences provide students with assistance and services that they do not receive at home or other private accommodation.
Students are instantly entitled to have a mentor and advisor, and house committee members to help them with challenges that they encounter while living at the residence.
“My duty as the residence advisor is to be able to identify needy students whether they are in need of food, blankets or what so ever, I also have the duty to identify students that may have academic failure and address the matter,” said Stratford Hall Residence Advisor, Musawenkosi Mthalane.
Residences help to accommodate students from other countries, provinces and those who would otherwise be travelling by public transport every day from home to campus. Sadly, not all students can financially afford to reside in a residence.
“I do not live at a DUT residence. I travel from home every day but if my parents could afford I would choose to live at a residence. On a long-term basis it would save me a lot of time and money,” said Nomusa Mdletshe, a student at DUT.
These representatives were put in place by the institution of Dut for the benefit of the students.
Nomandla Mbambo, a student residing at Seaboard residence also added that she feels well accommodated at the residence and that she could not have greater expectations from the residence except she wishes that her residence was closer to her campus.