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Living in Grahamstown, South Africa:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

14 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Grahamstown, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Grahamstown what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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14 comments on “Grahamstown”

Scarce water zone area, water is contaminated and polluted, it has a strong historical and cultural background.

Rosemary, says: 2023

Grahamstown is nice and quiet with very little traffic and only a 45 minute drive to the beach. The airport is a 1 hour 45 minute drive away. We have the National Arts Festival in July each year.

Jeetesh, says: 2023

The unpredictable weather of my town and how surprising it can be. Additionally, the level of quality education Rhodes university provides, since it is a small private-like institution filled with experienced staff and natural scenery for your relaxation. People moving to the town have to also know that we have the national english museum. Grahamstown is a town that is of historic significance.

Marinda, says: 2020

Grahamstown is a quaint little town. It is often referred to as a town for the elderly. Although during the semester, it is buzzing with the noise of students’ merry-making, it is generally a quiet town. There are not too many day time activities that one should look forwards to, but there are however, a number of cozy cafes that serve tasty baked goods!

Muhammad, says: 2020

Grahamstown has water supply problems, water is very scarce and when it is available it is not safe for consumption as it contains chemicals that even change it from clear to white. It is a small beautiful community though even with the water problems. It is great for adventurous people as it has mountains, botanical gardens and more adrenaline fueling activities.

Grahamstown is famous for its national arts festival, it is one of the biggest festivals in South Africa. We also have Rhodes University which is known for its record of releasing top notch students. There are lots of different school with high quality education in Grahamstown, boys schools, girls school and mixed gender school you can choose which one suits you.

Nothing in particular, except the City, is cold with lots of animals roaming around town. Grahamstown is a place where all types of schooling are found from Boys school to girls and a mix of both. The schools one would find in Grahamstown include: Kingswood College, Graeme College, Rhodes University, EastCape Midlands College.

Calene, says: 2020

The weather in Grahamstown can change four times in one day. The National Arts festival takes place in Grahamstown annually in July and attracts people from all over the country. The nearest metropolitan city (and airport) is Port Elizabeth which is 90 minutes away. Grahamstown is also known as the city of saints with its large number of churches.

My city is amazing, it is commonly known as ‘the city of saints’ because of its many religious buildings. The coffee shops are such lovely spots to visit and there are friendly faces around every single corner. I would most definitely recommend giving this joyous city a visit, there is an activity for everyone!

Karabo, says: 2020

Grahamstown is a small town with not a lot of people. The nice thing about it is that it is a very convenient place as everything that one needs is in close proximity. Most of the population in Grahamstown is actually made up of students who attend Rhodes University.

Corlia, says: 2020

Grahamstown is a beautiful city, it has good schools. But it does not have clean water at all, we have to buy water to drink and cook. It has many potholes every corner, it is a small city but we do get mot of the things we need.

Grahamstown is small and quaint. There are water and electricity issues that plague the city. anyone wanting to move here, think logically before making such a move. It has a small community and everyone is on the lookout for each other. There is a strong sense of security in knowing many members of the community.

Queron, says: 2020

Grahamstown is a small city with a close knit community. The municipality in the city is working tirelessly but there is still a slight water shortage problem. However, the city is quiet and peaceful. The buildings although old, are idyllic. It is a beautiful place to visit especially during the warmer seasons.

Melissa, says: 2020

Grahamstown is a fairly small and quiet town, with very few activities on offer for younger visitors. It is what is a university town and is usually crawling with students during the semester, but often a ghost-town during the holiday. There are quite a few restaurants and pubs that one could visit during their down time.

Khonadzeo, says: 2020

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