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Living in Joburg

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Have you moved from a rural area to Jozi? Feeling overwhelmed is pretty normal. Joburg is a big city, with the common big-city combination of interesting things to do and higher levels of crime.

City guides

  • If you want to enjoy some of the buzz and vibrancy of Jozi, check out this article for an for an alternative guide to the city.
  • For a student’s guide to Braamfontein, take a look at this article.
  • Take a look at jhblive to find a guide to events in Johannesburg.

Precautionary tips

While living in and moving around the city, perhaps take note of some of these precautionary measures:

  • Don’t have your electronic devices showing; avoid laptop bags and obvious pouches that show that you are carrying something valuable.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash, and keep your wallet in an inside pocket, rather than a back pocket.
  • Keep your handbag with you, closed and zipped, and do not leave it unattended. Preferably keep your wallet in a zipped pocket up against your body.
  • Don’t use your phone while walking.
  • Don’t display valuables, such as jewellery, in public, where criminals can see them.
  • Stay away from dark isolated areas, particularly at night.
  • Walk with friends.
  • It’s better to explore in groups, and stick to well-lit areas and avoid quiet streets.
  • Be careful when partying to make sure that your drinks don’t get spiked.
  • When sitting next to a window in a taxi, don’t use your phone.
  • Walk purposefully.
  • Don’t stop for people you don’t know.
  • A common con is people approaching you offering “a quick job”. You may also be approached by people giving you a long story about their troubles. It may feel harsh, but don’t get caught out as this could also be a con.

Find out more about safety and protection services on campus and crime hotspots to avoid.

Wits Student Crisis Line 0800 111 331 (24/7/365)