Braamfontein District Overview
Over the past decade Braamfontein has developed into South Africa’s definitive new-generation student precinct – it’s home to Wits University, which is surrounded by an exciting mix of coffee shops, galleries, local and international retail brands, mom-and-pop services and convenience stores, hotels, markets, nightlife, clubs and bars, restaurants, offices, apartments and dozens of student residences.
Braamfontein – which is easily accessible by both public and private transportation (ranging from taxis, Metrobus, Rea Vaya, and Metrorail to the Gautrain, freeway and bike-lane systems) – is best-known for its pedestrian-friendly street culture, where virtually everything you’ll ever need is within easy walking distance. You’ll find lively, student-friendly streets lined with stores, bars, galleries and restaurants and ever-evolving nightlife and dining scene – its ongoing development driven by a potent mix of youth-culture and creative spirit.
Of course, with so much happening in one relatively compact neighbourhood, it’s no surprise the area has evolved into “SA’s capital of cool”. Much of this youth-culture energy was driven by the development of South Point’s student residences, which are home to nearly 5,000 students from around South Africa, and around the world – providing students with the perfect home-away-from-home in which to live, work, study and play.