Secret me away: campus quiet spots


Campus life is a rush. You might start off enjoying being a part of the bustle, but once syllabus week is over and the workload kicks in you may want to find a few moments away from the hum of people introducing themselves, having communal breakdowns over their first semester tests and complaining about their roommates at the tops of their lungs. Whether you want to get away from the friends that still want to explore campus or need a quiet place to revise for that first test, here is the rundown of the places to practice being a recluse.

The 24-hour section in Merensky II Library accommodates the changeable hours of varsity students and can be found by turning left and taking the stairs when entering the library.

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2018 music events worth saving for


Pretoria and its surrounding areas annually host a wide variety of music festivals that are worth putting on your calendar. Perdeby breaks down which events are a must and how much students will have to dish out to attend.


Ultra South Africa

If you are a fan of EDM, laser lights and getting grinded on by guys with backwards caps and wifeies, head to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec on 10 February for the world’s premiere electronic music festival. Headliners for this year include AfroJack, Dubfire and Hardwell supported by South African DJ legend Black Coffee and countless more. Be ready to pay anything from R800 to R950 for a ticket to Ultra.

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Tuks FM: UP’s radio station


The University of Pretoria’s official radio station, Tuks FM, was established in 1981, but do we really know what the station is all about? Perdeby decided to give you more information about the station and the various shows on offer. Tuks FM, originally called Radio Tuks, is one of South Africa’s most respected community broadcasters. It is broadcasted from the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus and is more than just a campus-based community radio station as it now reaches most areas of Johannesburg North as well. Tuks FM was named South Africa’s Best Campus Radio Station of the year for four consecutive years between 2012 and 2015 at the MTN Radio awards. The awards show did not take place in 2016 and was renamed to The Liberty Radio Awards in 2017, where Tuks FM walked away with Best Breakfast Presenter, Duane Van Wyk, and Alt La Femme won Best Night-time Show.

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Residence activities to look out for: For a student life that is more than just academics


Being a student is about so much more than simply getting a degree. It is about developing yourself, meeting people form every walk of life and about learning to adapt beyond societal norms. Residence activities, although a lot of fun, advocate this growth and development. So, if this comprehensive list sparks an interest and you are not in a residence, go join a day house to avoid any #FOMO.

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A food lover’s guide to Pretoria


The Jacaranda City is a melting pot of different cuisines, hipster hot spots and hidden gems. Perdeby decided to summarize the essentials for everyone from food novices to those with a pallet that would make even the best chef’s jealous. Here is your three part guide on thoroughly enjoying all that Pretoria has to offer.


Part One: Cheap take-aways

It is no secret that students live on a tight budget and need to visit those places that offer the most bang for their buck. Kung Fu Kitchen, located on Hilda Street, is the first place that comes to mind. From sushi platters to a classic favourite Pad Thai (fried noodles), Kung Fu Kitchen offers it all at reasonable prices and large portions. For the perfect, budget friendly movie-night food, Roman’s Pizza in Hatfield is conveniently located on Burnett Street. To stay informed about their amazing specials (like R189.90 for two large pizzas, a two litre Coke and six Ola Ice Creams) frequently check their website and plan your binge-watching according­ly.

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