An introvert’s guide to UP

For students who are uncomfortable in crowds and crave quiet spaces, university can be daunting. However, there are ways to make the hustle and bustle of campus more bearable.

If you have a choice between an early class and a later one, always choose the early one. The strain of an early morning is worth it as campus is always quiet at 7:30. Not only will there be no crowds, but your class will likely have fewer people in it and lecturers often arrive early to 7:30s, allowing a few minutes of consultation time without making an appointment. Office hours and consultation times are your friend. If you have a question or don’t understand something during a lecture, accept that you’re not going to put your hand up in front of 400 other students and rather request an appointment to ask the lecturer privately.

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Get involved with UP societies


Joining a society is a great way to get a break from your academics. With over 100 societies registered at the university, there is certainly something for everyone.

Pledge a Pad is a student-led society, and a registered non-profit organisation. Their mission is to provide sanitary towels to disadvantaged women and to educate women about the menstrual cycle and the importance of hygiene. They have an office on UP’s Hatfield Campus, Prospect Street, in the Ou Kantoortjie Building, Room 1-6.

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Parking problems solved


Parking at UP can be difficult when you don’t know where to look. Perdeby is here to help you with on campus, off campus, paid and unpaid parking

On campus parking:

As an undergraduate you are only allowed to park on campus after 16:30 for test and examination purposes. If you continue your studies at UP after your graduation then, as a postgraduate, you are allowed to park on campus after 14:00 provided that you have applied and received a disk that grants you access. Doctoral candidates qualify for 24-hour parking and students with disabilities may also apply for on campus parking.

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How to have safer sex


Hook-up culture, centred around physical pleasure without the emotional connection or commitment present in traditional relationships, has been labelled a major threat to modern romance, dates and relationships. Hooking up ranges from making out in clubs or bars to one-night stands or friends-with-benefits. University students have supposedly been hooking up with each other for as long as there have been universities, bu t has there really been a dramatic increase in hook-ups?

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Getting money management right


Many first-years will have to take up the adult responsibility o f having to manage their own money for the first time. This can be difficult and stressful, but with a few nifty tips and tricks anyone can become a happy, thrifty UP student.

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