Campus life at the University of Ghana might seem quiet but it is very interesting. There is always so much to see and do before and after lectures and most students have very active social lives. Getting involved in campus life is the quickest way to become part of the University community and to create one’s own unique campus experience.
There is a vast array of clubs and societies which are recognized at the University of Ghana. These groups cover a range of interests: academic, international, political, environmental, religious, ethnic, social and recreational. They organize various activities which students can take part in. The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is the main mouthpiece of the student body. The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana and the Junior Common Rooms of the Halls of Residence also often generate a lot of activity on campus.
Athletics and Fitness
The premier university offers students a wide variety of campus sporting activities. Inter-hall football galas, cross country races and athletics are organized every semester. Other sporting activities which international students can take part in include handball, basketball, hockey, volleyball, rugby and tennis. A state-of-the-art gymnasium and swimming pool are also available on our campus.
Religion is catered for by a variety of religious bodies and associations. In addition to a wide range of Christian groups, there is the Ghana Muslim Students Association.
Health and Wellbeing
The University Hospital is the main health provider on campus. It consists of an Out-patient department, X-ray department, a Laboratory, a Paediatric ward, Emergency and Dental units. Specialist doctors are available to attend to clients when the need arises. Services for students are free. The hospital operates a student’s clinic on campus during the weekdays from 8am to 12pm after which all other emergencies should be reported to the hospital.
Various entertainment facilities are located within and outside the university campus where students may go to relax and have fun at the end of an active day’s work. This includes places to watch cinema and theatre productions. Students may also hang out at various clubs and pubs located outside the university campus.
Dining (Where to eat)
The International Students’ Hostel has kitchen facilities which make it possible for those who desire to cook to do so. These kitchens are equipped with electric stoves and refrigerators. However, students may visit various eateries on and around campus where local and foreign dishes are served.
Most banks operating in Ghana have branches on campus that serve members of the university community. The banks currently operating on campus include Ghana Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, HFC Bank, Ecobank and CAL Bank. They operate between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm from Mondays to Friday with some offering Saturday banking services. All of them operate Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) which operate 24 hours a day. Barclays, Ecobank, Stanchart and CAL bank accept transactions using Visa/Debit/Credit cards. Ecobank however, has a money changing facility. There are also foreign currency exchange bureaus situated near campus.
You will need an introductory letter from the International Programmes Office to open a bank account.
Items required for introductory letter:
- Copy of the photo page of your passport
- Proof of school fees payment
- Copy of student ID card
- Contact number of student in Ghana
- Name of Bank you would like to open an account with
The Balme library which is at the heart of campus is the major library facility on campus. Departmental and hall libraries however supplement these holdings. The resources of the Balme library are made available online.
The University operates a Counseling and Placement Centre which offers comprehensive counseling to all members of the institution. Competent specialists are able to assist students with diverse problems including emotional, psychological and educational problems.
You may also disclose any serious medical problems to the Assistant Registrar, International Programmes. This information will be kept confidential.
Most of the facilities on campus are closely knit and are within walking distance of each other. The Legon Police Station and the University Hospital are located in close proximity to the Legon campus and are also accessible by walking.
Shuttle buses are available to help students get around campus easily during the day and night for a fee.
For students who would want to go to places outside campus there are taxi cabs available within and outside campus. Commuter buses (referred to as “Trotros”) which ply the main road of the University also help to transport students to their destination.