How to dress in University (South Africa)

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So you recently got your matric results and were accepted to study your preferred course at the university you applied to. There is a lot to be excited about. You have been wearing a school uniform for the past 12 years so you have never really had to worry about what outfit you needed to wear each day to look cool and fashionable. You may be asking yourself, how do university students dress and what you need to wear to stand out and make a good first impression? Don’t go and buy clothes from normal stores and the mall like everyone else, is here to give you multiple fashion wear options that will make you stand out without spending too much.

How do university students dress?

There is no uniform at South African universities, therefore unless there is a formal function you can dress however you want even if you are studying medicine in first year. You are allowed to dress in a way that best showcases your personality. The way you dress is a form of expression, your first impression to those who have never met you before.

Most university students just wear comfortable sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. Here at we stock quality and comfortable clothing and sneakers from leading brands in South Africa and abroad. Our fashionwear will make sure you stand out even in casual wear, because you will not be wearing what everyone else is wearing from the standard franchise stores that are common in South African malls.

What to wear in Summer at South African universities?

We have a wide range of branded vests, t-shirt, and floral shirts, browse our store to find an item that catches your eye.

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What to wear in winter at South African universities?

We have a wide range of hoodies, jackets, jerseys and tracksuit sets from some cool streetwear labels that will make sure you are warm and comfortable whilst maintaining your swag.

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Cool sneakers and sandals to wear to university

We stock sneakers from Puma, Fenty x Puma, Asics, New Balance and  Sandalboyz flip flops. There are a lot of cool designs to choose from, browse our shoe section to see which pair matches your tastes.

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Backpack for your books

You will also need a cool backpack to carry your books and your laptop. We have some cool backpack to match your streetwear style.

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We hope this article has given you some nice options to come up with your new look. Be sure to come back to regularly to check the latest street fashion wear and to see the latest specials!

7 Universities Accepting Late Applications from Matriculants who just got their results!

There are universities who accept late applications for students who did not apply during the initial application phase. There are many reasons for this, some students did not qualify for the courses they wanted to apply for but due to hard work they have gotten good Matric results in their final high school exams, and now qualify to apply for their preferred courses.

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Here is a list of South African Universities currently accepting late applications in 2019:

UJ (University of Johannesburg) - Have said they will not be taking walk ins, all late application enquiries to find courses that still have space shall be conducted online from the 7th of January (07:00) to the 11th of January (16:00) find out more here:

TUT  (Tshwane University of Technology) - also from the 7th of January 2019 - 11th of January, they are encouraging online applications and discouraging students from doing walk-in late applications in 2019. Go here to apply:

UNISA - Registrations opened on the 3rd, they have not said anything about late applications but in 2018 they re-opened their applications on January 15th so it is worth going to your nearest Unisa office to enquire. And keeping an eye on their social media and website.

University of Limpopo -

Nelson Mandela University - again they extended their application deadline in 2018 to the 12th of Jan, so there is a chance they are doing it again this year. It is advisable to go and enquire about your chosen course incase there is still space or to get waitlisted.

DUT (Durban University of Technology) - their website states that all courses are full however should a space become available after registration you may still be contacted if you fill in a late application enquiry form here:

MUT (Mangosuthu University of Technology) - Accepts late applications but you pay a late application fee. Go to to enquire.

Please try and enquire at as many universities as possible so that you can be placed on a waiting list. Online applications have made it easier so that you don't have to physically travel to each university. The truth is students with good marks early on apply to multiple universities and get many offers, some may not take the offers at the university that you apply to which then opens up a free space for someone on the waiting list.

If you cannot find space in a state owned university you can always apply to go and study at private colleges that offer courses, just be sure to check that they are registered and legit.

Sasol Bursary for science, engineering, mathematics and technology [13 Jan 2019]

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Just received your matric results and you want to go and study for an undergraduate degree or diploma in science, engineering, maths or in the technology field. Apply for a bursary from sasol by visiting this link:

What you need to apply:

- Proof of acceptance at a university
- Proof of family income
- Your results

Apply now before the closing date and good luck!