The Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology has been consistently ranked as the best university in Ghana for many consecutive years. This is because of the high quality of education offered at the top notch facility and the quality of student life at the University as well. The accommodation offered at the KNUST campus in Kumasi is one of the first things to consider when looking at the quality of life that one should expect on admission. This is because the KNUST halls of residence is where a student will be spending a large amount of his/her time outside class. Here is the list for the KNUST halls of residence and hostels.
The university has played host to many prominent people who stayed in any of the six KNUST halls of residence that are located within the campus. In this article, we will take a look at what each of the KNUST campus halls have to offer, their capacity, the KNUST halls fees and the KNUST hall registration at the end.
KNUST halls of residence
There are six halls of residence within the campus but these are not all the available accommodation. There is a list of private hostels that are approved by the office of the Dean of Students that are situated close to the campus where one can live. There are also five hostels that are on campus and provide amenities that match or are better than those within the halls of residence. The halls of residence are well managed and adequately maintained.
1. Independence hall
The KNUST Independence hall as the name suggests was opened in 1959 and was commissioned to mark the independence of Ghana on the 6th of March 1957. The hall was the first permanent hall of residence on the campus and now functions as a mixed hostel housing both male and female students. The hostel has 198 rooms in the main hall and 96 rooms in the annex making that a total of 294 rooms with four occupants each. The hostel is commonly known as Indece hall with its members nicknamed the “Spartans”.
KNUST Independence hall offers plenty of recreational facilities and social amenities, enough to satisfy anyone’s fancy. There is a café close to the entrance of the hall. The hostel also has a chapel, the Harvest Chapel inside. You can connect to the c-campus Wi-Fi once inside. There is a mini mart inside for any light student shopping, there is a gym as well. The Games room where you can go watch people play badminton or play and a pool. There is a salon for the ladies and you can also watch some TV in the courtyard or get salsa lessons.
2. Africa hall
First opened in 1967, Africa halls is an all-female residence with 192 rooms available to the students. The hall is also one of the smallest on the campus. It boasts of many amenities including but not limited to the chapel in the basement there is a salon which is sure to be busy as it is a female residence. There is an internet café on the premises as well as a mini basketball court and a fully stocked J.C.R too. The hostel has a game room and a properly managed café as well. Africa Hall is one of four single gender halls of residence within the campus. The hostel is sometimes referred to as “Dome” and its occupants called the Domites. The hostel has a car park outside the entrance that has plenty of space in case you have the need for it.
3. University hall
The University hall was opened in August 1961 and named as is to celebrate the Kumasi College of Technology becoming a university. The hall is an all-male residence and has 198 rooms on the main block. The annex has 95 rooms bringing the total to 293 rooms for four. Popularly known as Katanga hall, the hostel has a statue of a student reading outside the entrance on a lawn nearby. The KNUST Katanga hall, being a male residence has a provision for watching football matches, there is a fully functional café, a gym for the workout enthusiasts, a chapel, and an internet café for your internet needs, a mini market and a communication center where the TV is. The hostel also has a barber shop within. The university website has touted the lively junior common rooms situated within as a nice place to relax and have some fun.
4. Republic hall
Like all the other KNUST campus halls, the Republic hall got its name from a historically significant event in Ghana. Officially opened in 1961 it was named in celebration of Ghana becoming a republic a year earlier in 1960. Republic hall KNUST Kumasi campus has a capacity of 850 students with a complex comprising of 198 rooms on the main block and 96 rooms in the annex block. The hostel was originally built for a male occupancy and stayed as an all-male hostel for 30 years. It was in 1991 that the first female occupants of the hostel were allocated rooms in the block. It is a significantly large building with a gym for both genders.
The mini basketball court is also for use by all. It has a café that is fully functional, a salon, a gift shop, a salon and a barber shop. It also has a chapel within the premises and it is the headquarters for both the Students Representative Council and the Chaplaincy. The hostel is commonly referred to as Repu short form and its Junior Common Room (J.C.R.) has a nice spot . One would be hard pressed not to notice the humor in the naming as there is a statue of a cockerel crowing outside the entrance of the halls in KNUST.
5. Unity hall
Unity Hall KNUST is the largest of the hostels within the campus with a whopping 448 rooms and 36 extra flats. The hostel is a fully modern facility with all the kinks and gimmicks you may want or need in a residential building. The large facility is popularly referred to as “The Twin Towers” owing to the design of the structure. It is no doubt home to thousands of students and has a fully stocked supermarket within the building. It also offers a modern gym with all kinds of equipment. It has a games room where students can play pool and many other indoor games, an indoor basketball court not a mini basketball court as is the case with other hostels.
The shopping mall within has a gift shop, a boutique, a barber shop and salons plus many more stores. KNUST Unity hall consists of two large blocks standing on opposite sides of the complex, block A and block B. It has a spacious car pack outside and a kitchen that works all day. As you might expect, the junior common room for this hostel is livelier because of the higher population living in the hostel. Unity hall is one of the all-male KNUST halls and hostels.
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6. Queen Elizabeth II hall
Opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in November 1959, Queen Elizabeth II hall is named after the queen of England. The KNUST queens hall was once visited by her majesty the Queen on her official tour of Ghana later in 1961. It is a ladies only accommodation and boasts a fully equipped gym for the ladies that want to stay fit, a shopping complex, a café, and internet café with high speed internet, a badminton court within and a games room.
The hostel also has a communication center, a chapel, a salon, a gift shop and many other services are sold at the shopping mall. Members of the Queen’s hall are known as “Royals” no doubt because of the name of the hostel. The all-female facility is home to 840 students housed in the 294 room complex. The rooms vary from single occupant all the way up to shared spaces of four students each.
Now that is the complete list of the halls on KNUST campus. There are a number of hostels that are within the university as well. These were all built as part of separate initiatives to get adequate facilities for all the students to stay within the campus.
- Hall 7
- Brunei hostels
- SRC hostels
- Credit Union hostels
- Graduate students hostel
The KNUST hall 7 list of occupants is released every year when the semesters start. The Five hostels have two for postgraduate students, one for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and the other two are for undergraduate students. The hostels are managed by the Ghana Universities Staff Superannuation Scheme, the SRC hostel is administered by the SRC and the Credit Union hostel is managed by the Credit Union.
How to complete your KNUST hall registration
The system for KNUST room allocation has been made fair as it operates on a first come first served basis. You first have to visit the website for accommodation booking, http://halls.knust.edu.gh/. Once in the room allocation portal login using your credentials that is, your PIN number and Application Number/Student reference. These are both found in your admission letter. Once you are logged in your full name and details are displayed and you click on the choose room button.
In this page you will be asked to select the block of your choice that is available depending on gender. You will then select a room that is on the grid in the screen and a pop up window will show you whether the room you have selected has any available space. Click on the “Confirm Choice of Room” and click OK if you are satisfied. A document with details of your selected room and your photograph and details will be generated. You are required to print a copy of your room selection document and log out of your active session to avoid your selection being voided. You are required to show up with your room selection slip at the halls of residence on reporting.
KNUST hall fees
The accommodation are dependent on the number of occupants for the room you select and whether it is one of the halls in KNUST or an on-campus hostel or a private hostel.
The fees as is displayed on the room allocation portal are:
The school also allows for one to take residence in a number of private hostels. The dean of student’s office releases a list every year of hostels that have been approved for occupancy. The number of approved private hostels was 82 for the 2016/2017 and the list of approved private accommodation can be accessed on room allocation portal.
It is also worth noting that the university cannot guarantee availability of accommodation for International Students within the campus and thus the need for use of these Private hostels. This is however not reason for concern as the university has taken steps to ensure that quality of life offered at these facilities is proper. The hostels are categorized according to class, these classes define the kind of amenities one should expect from the hostels. As seen above there are three classes A, B and C. Class A hostels are fitted with TV rooms with DSTV, they have backup generators for black outs. They have bathrooms inside the residences and have a constant supply of water. Class A hostels have tiled floors as well.
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