MEDICAL students are excited at the opening of a new residence close to the Medical Campus in Parktown.

Wits Junction opened its doors on July 1 and already has more than 100 occupants. The residence boasts fully furnished rooms, all with a telephone line, dial -up internet and television port.

 “All a student has to bring are their pens and clothing,” Says accommodations manager Carol de Wit.

Samantha Ncube, a 1st year clinical associate student who moved in a week ago, says she likes the fact that the residence is walking distance from her campus. She describes the complex as peaceful.

 “If I want to party, I go out and enjoy myself. I don’t want to bring the party home with me.”

Abram Tabane, another student at the medical campus who will move in soon, says the area is “quiet and conducive to studying”.

Residents say safety is also a plus. Tsholofelo Mputle, 1st year dramatic arts student, says she “feels very safe” compared to her old residence.

“Born Free at Braamfontein was a nightmare, with huge safety issues,” she says.

According to Mputle, the R3 800 rent is worth the extras one is receiving.

Despite the peaceful atmosphere, some residents still have mixed feelings. Precious Msweli, a 3rd year social work student who has been living at Wits Junction for three weeks, feels the room space is not big enough for four people. She says her old living quarters had more cupboard space. Tabane echoed her sentiment.

Tabane also feels the accommodation fee is too expensive.

 “A student has to be on a bursary to survive in this residence,” he says.  He feels the residence should have been fully constructed before opening. The community centre, a facility where students can play games and eat, is not yet finished.