Established in 2020 as the latest addition to the Educata Student Housing’s portfolio, Bell Private Male Student Residence offers traditional student accommodation for male students in Bloemfontein.

This residence is for male students studying at tertiary institutions in Bloemfontein, who wish to be part of a traditional male student residence. While obtaining a tertiary degree is the main objective, we strive to provide a modern, safe and secure environment in which each individual can function optimally, enjoy student life to the fullest, as well as create memories and friends that will last a lifetime. 

Bell was named after Lawrence Dale Bell, founder of the famous Bell Aircraft company, who made history in 1946 by producing the X-1, the first aircraft to break the speed of sound. This was something which was thought impossible at the time.

The essence of our residence is that we believe in big dreams, and that anything is possible with enough passion, hard work and dedication. Bell is about creating a welcoming atmosphere of friendship and respect among all our residents. 

Bell is situated next to its sister residence, Amelia. This female residence was named after Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to complete a trans-atlantic flight. Amelia is one of the largest and fastest growing female residences in Bloemfontein.  


Bell Private Male Student Residence is located approximately 150m south of the University of the Free State and situated adjacent to the Faculty of Medicine. There are ample parking bays, both open and undercover, as well as a garden and recreation area on the ground floor.

Bell is a 6-storey building designed as a live-and-learn facility. Floors one to five each have six clusters (living units/flats). Each cluster has 8 private rooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 showers, a communal open-plan kitchen (hob and lockable personal grocery cupboards), living area and a balcony. The lockable private bedrooms are furnished with 1 single bed, a chair, built-in wardrobe, study desk and bookshelf. 

Students are placed according to age, degree of study and personality traits. Residents may request to share a cluster with acquaintances, which management will consider accordingly and endeavor to accommodate such requests.

The sixth floor accommodates the communal entertainment areas, including a gymnasium, barbeque facilities, dining hall/cafeteria, a private laundromat, and visitor restroom facilities available for both genders. This floor is a beautiful mix of indoor and outdoor areas, ideal for socialising, grabbing a tan, or enjoying a bird’s eye view of the city.


The safety of residents is of the utmost importance at Bell.
We have the following security measures in place: 

Electrical perimeter fencing

24-hour security personnel with armed response

Full-time, live-in Head of Residence

Motor gate controlled by smartphone app  

Biometric access control

CCTV monitoring and recording

No visitor vehicles allowed on the premises

Guests must report to security and sign in accordingly



The monthly rental is charged on an annual basis and payable over 10 months.














*Additional Charge Applies


2021 will mark the start of Bell’s unique special tradition involving it’s ceremonial bell. The bell is intended to signal and celebrate the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. Every Bell resident will ring the bell only twice during his campus life. 

Each first-year student will have the honour of ringing the bell during a formal ceremony whereby he officially becomes part of the Bell family, moving forward into a new stage of life at university. At the end of each student’s studies, he will once again have the opportunity to ring this bell to symbolise the new journey he embarks on in life. This bell has a significant meaning to each resident and is respected accordingly. 

“The sound of failure is not heard by people who refuse to give up.”
– Dodinsky –


Head Student Applications for 2021 are now open

Send us an email at blocka@fttbloem.co.za or contact us on 072 767 6063 / 082 301 2360 to apply


Complete and return the below to:

Amelia Private Ladies’ Residence – blocka@fttbloem.co.za

Bell Private Male Residence – blocka@fttbloem.co.za

Educata Bloemfontein Private Accommodation – blockb@fttbloem.co.za

  • Application Form, including permission for credit check
  • Offer To Lease Contract for private room in 8-bed cluster, 6-bed cluster or bachelor flat


Supporting documents needed:

  • Student’s latest university marks/school report
  • Student ID card/book photo and/or student card photo if available
  • Proof of Application/Booking fee payment of R3 400
  • Parent/Lessee ID Photo


  • Water
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas
  • DSTV in recreation room



  • Food
  • Electricity – Prepaid power meters are installed in each cluster, approx. R100 per person, per month
  • Laundry – R25 per load or payable in advance monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly
  • Parking open or covered
  • WiFi – Tokens are for sale at the student affairs office on site


  • Bed and mattress with storage space underneath
  • Curtains
  • Built-in study desk
  • Chair
  • 2 Built-in bookshelves
  • Built-in double door, ceiling-high cupboard



  • Curtains
  • 3-Seater couch
  • 4 Chairs
  • Coffee table
  • 4-Plate stove


Since clusters/units are self-catering, students are reminded to bring the following items:

  • Fridge, microwave, kettle, and toaster – It is advisable to wait until after arrival before purchasing these or try and speak to your cluster mates before arrival, as you do not want multiples of each
  • 2 Small locks – One for the bedroom closet and one for the grocery cupboard
  • Fan
  • Steam iron
  • Bed lamp
  • Bedding, i.e. sheets, blanket/duvet cover, pillow
  • Compulsory waterproof mattress protector – These are available for sale at the student affairs office, 1st Floor Block B
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils
  • Students may bring additional furniture, e.g. lounge suites and study chairs. It is, however, advisable to first speak to your cluster mates (WhatsApp cluster groups will be formed as soon as cluster placements have been finalised) or you can wait until after arrival before purchasing these

Each residence is a Live and Learn facility structured to be conducive to the study environment. Room placements are therefore done according to study direction, year of study and personality traits.

You can however, choose if there is/are one or more persons you would like to share with that have also applied to your residence, you can indicate your request to share with them clearly at the top of the application form and management will endeavour to accommodate these requests if received in time.

You may also swop rooms/clusters within the first month of moving in, but ONLY after informing management and completing a room movement form (even if you are just moving to another room in the same cluster). Any moving or swopping without management’s prior written consent will result in a R500 fine for each party involved in the unauthorised changing/swopping of rooms. Renewing students may choose their rooms for the next year.

There are two 6-storey buildings on the premises, Block A and Block B.


Block A (Amelia):

Amelia fully occupies Block A, and the entire building is for female students only.


Block B (Bell):

  • Floor 1 and 2: Bell occupies these two floors and are for male students only
  • Floor 3 is occupied by private female students
  • Floor 4 is occupied by private male students
  • Floor 5 is occupied by the official Toyota Cheetah Academy; they are male students.


Note, we do NOT offer mixed gender clusters, clusters are entirely male or female. 

Approximately 170m from the university turnstile and 350m from the university’s hospital

Yes, the safety of our students is a high priority. Each building is secured by electric perimeter fencing, monitored cctv cameras throughout, biometric and smartphone app access, as well as totally lockable clusters, rooms, and cupboards. There are also 24/7 roaming security guards and armed response.

No. Same as for university residences and any other private accommodation, students are responsible for insuring their personal possessions.

R100 for the year

It is a “house fund” that is used to finance the social and personal development events that the house has for the students, such as house socials, end of year functions, outside speakers to communicate opportunities, etc. The fund is managed by the head student of treasury. The fund is also at the disposal of the students, should they need money to float their own event/idea for the benefit of the house. The treasurer will present an annual report showing the house where the funds have been allocated and spent.

R1 700 is a refundable breakage deposit (last updated 2020).

Please note, this is a non-refundable booking/application fee that is the first payment required to secure your booking, this is not your returnable breakage deposit.

Students are required to leave their cluster/room in the same condition as they found it. At the end of your lease, you need to book an exit inspection with a representative of your residence at the student affairs office. The inspection must be made for your day of departure and the booking must be made at least 1 week prior to your departure date. Please note that your room needs to be packed up and clean for this inspection. Your deposit/or part thereof in the event there is a damage cost to be deducted, will be refunded within 4 weeks of your departure date only if proper exit procedures were followed.

A written letter must be submitted with 20 working days’ notice to blockb@fttbloem.co.za (Bell & Educata residences) or blocka@fftbloem.co.za (Amelia residence). Full rental is payable up to the end of this notice period, plus 75% of the outstanding balance of the contract value for the full contract period.

This depends on how much you use, but most students pay approximately R100 per person, per month. Less conservative usage can be up to R200 per month.

The laundry facility is manned, and we offer a full wash, dry and fold service. There are various payment options available, e.g. per load, per month, per quarter, per half-yearly or per year. You will be allocated one day per week for washing and you must provide your own washing powder and fabric softener. Your washing must be clearly marked and dropped off in a clearly marked washing basket to be collected within 24hrs. If you want to pay per wash, tokens must be purchased at the facility office between 08h00 and 16h00 on weekdays only.

Students may request printing at the facility office between 08h00 and 16h00 on weekdays only. Prices are available on request.

Each cluster is provided with its own router. Tokens may be purchased at the facility office between 08h00 and 16h00 on weekdays or directly from the snowball/wish website. The cost is R110 for 10GB for 30 days.

Buying directly from wish (https://wishnetworks.co.za) is cheaper, but you will need access to internet banking or a credit/debit card. The cost is R100 for 10GB for 30 days (updated 2020).


Marissa Laing

Facility Office, B L1-03

Tel: 051 436 1621

Cell: 064 621 9199

Email: blocka@fttbloem.co.za



Hester Potgieter

Facility Office, B L1-03

Tel: 051 436 1621

Cell: 063 830 6857

Email: blockb@fttbloem.co.za



Hester Potgieter

Facility Office, B L1-03

Tel: 051 436 1621

Cell: 063 830 6857

Email: blockb@fttbloem.co.za

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00

General maintenance

Please send an email with your maintenance related issues, and clearly mark the subject with your surname, name, cluster and room number and short description of the problem to maintenanceb@fttbloem.co.za (Bell & Educata residences) or maintenancea@fttbloem.co.za (Amelia residence).


Emergency during office hours: Mon – Fri 08h00 to 17h00

Chaney Niemand

Office Manager – Facility Office, B L1-03

051- 436 1621

Cell: 066 019 2293


Emergency after hours

Please contact your head student, cluster leader or floor leader and they will contact the appropriate person. Always make sure you have these contact details on your phone.

To the resident head, the facility manager, your head student, the prim or your tutor in your pso. All first-year students are assigned a mentor (senior student) who assists them with registration, academic needs, or any questions they may have.

Once a week on a specific day for a specific floor, the schedule will be up on the notice boards per floor and at the facility office.

Ask your head student or your mentor for assistance, they will give you all the information regarding campus activities.

Every floor has a head student and the details are on the notice board of that floor and at the facility office.

Yes, we have a dining room on the 6th floor and have a long-standing arrangement with a catering company to deliver pre-booked meals to our premises. This service is not managed directly by us, you will need to contact the caterer to sign up:

Meal of the day

Chantelle Venter

084 614 7974

You may not affix anything to any walls/doors in your bedroom or anywhere in your cluster without the prior written consent of management.

We have limited parking bays (both open and undercover) as the demand is extremely high. Senior students and renewals get preference. A yearly fee is payable upfront with allocation on a first-come-first-served basis after application and payment for the year have been received. If you do not apply early for parking, we may not be able to provide you a parking bay.

No, only you may enter the parking in your own vehicle if you are registered for parking and received your access authorisation on the parking app. The access is logged by the app and using your app to open for someone else is not allowed. This may be inconvenient, but this system is in place to ensure the safety of our students.

Amelia and Bell will take part in team sports.

All items must be removed during the December/January holidays as maintenance/repairs and a deep clean takes place over this period. If you want to leave your items over the December/January holidays, you must already be registered (renewal contract and first payment) for the next academic year, or we will assume you are not returning and remove your items.

If you will be returning, you must however pack away all loose items, switch the fridges off and remove all perishables – this needs to be done during June recess as well if you will be away. If there is urgent maintenance that needs to be done during recess/holiday periods, you will be informed beforehand in order for management to conduct these repairs.

We can supply a storage area for some of your possessions (no valuables) only if they are packed in crates/boxes and marked clearly. For students who live far away, a special arrangement will be made, but you must ask for permission before leaving your belongings with us.

Yes, you may, prior arrangement must be made with the resident head of house.

No, we do not but students usually arrange this amongst each other.

Only oil heaters are allowed. If you have a heater in your room and your cluster mates do not, you will have to contribute proportionally more to the electricity usage of the cluster.

We recommend that you walk in groups.

House meetings are very short and to the point. They are only held if there is the need to relay important information to all, thus not every Monday.

Yes, send an email request for information regarding the settlement discount to:








Educata Bloemfontein Private Accommodation:



The discount depends on when you settle your account and in what proportion.