First Year Guide: Hostel and UNN Off Campus Accommodation

This post contains all you need to know about UNN hostels and UNN off campus accommodation. First thing first, congratulations on your successful admission into the Den. I bet you are still checking the admission list to verify if your name is still there. Tell me in the comment box if you can relate. Welcome to UNN.

UNN is the Den. Male students are Lions while the female folks are called Lionesses. Life in UNN is exciting at the same time stressful. Do not fret because you will learn how to survive in UNN.

Before I go into the orientation on UNN hostel and off campus accommodation, I want to answer a few questions by UNN freshers. 

This post also contains all that you must know to survive and settle down in UNN.

Note, if you have any question related to UNN; Post UTME, first-year clearance, etc. Let me know in the comment box. I will get back to you.

Table of Contents

Where Is UNN Located in Nsukka 

UNN is in the soft green hills of Nsukka. Wherever part of the country you are coming from, locating University of Nigeria, Nsukka is not a problem. All you have to do is take a bus coming to Nsukka. The last bus stop is at Ogige market. 

Inside the market, you will find taxi and buses painted in green colour. Green and white is UNN official colour.

UNN shuttle Park
UNN Shuttle Park at Ogige Market

The bus or cab will take you to campus for fifty Naira (bus) or seventy Naira (taxi).

Cultism in UNN

Cultism is a problem ravaging many higher institutions in Nigeria. It is rare in UNN. I never encountered cultist during my stay in Nsukka. I guess everybody was too busy reading to increase their CGPA.

Cultist activities are only heard about in some areas off-campus. But never on campus. 

Worry not about cultism in UNN.

How to Survive in UNN

Surviving in UNN requires smart work and the grace of God. Like a Lion or Lioness, you must learn to pay attention to details. You should know when to run or walk. Work hard with God grace – you will survive in UNN.

One funny problem that you will contend with throughout your stay in the Den is the Nsukka weather.

Now, let us talk about accommodation in UNN.

Names of Hostels in UNN

There are fifteen hostels in UNN. Two hostels assign to the male students while the rest are for the lioness.

Guys calm down before you shout gender inequality. UNN give priority to the female students in accommodation and everything else.

An important point to note is that you secure a hall according to your Faculty. For example, female students in the College of Medicine get Presidential hall. Pharmacy lioness gets Bello Hall. 

Still, female students in other Faculties have the privilege to choose from a hall.

List of Male Hostels in UNN

Here are the names of male hostels in UNN

  1. Eni-Njoku Hall
  2. Alvan Ikoku

Both male hostels are the same structure-wise. But, many students prefer Alvan Ikoku. The rooms have security doors – a fancy word for iron door. Also, there is a football pitch at the quadrangle.

List of Female Hostels in UNN

Here are names of female hostels in UNN

  1. Aja Nwachukwu Hostel
  2. Eyo Ita Hoste
  3. Balewa Hostel
  4. Okeke Hall
  5. Akintola Hostel
  6. Akpabio Hostel
  7. Presidential Hostel
  8. Bello Hall
  9. Okpara Hall
  10. Kwame Nkuruma Hostel
  11. Mary Slessor
  12. Awolowo Hostel

Hall, dormitory and hostel all mean the same thing. 

How Do I Apply for UNN Hostel Accommodation?

UNN hostel application for freshers is a hectic process. It is a first come first serve system. The good news is that the University administration gives preference to first year students.

All you have to do is pay your school fees early to be eligible for hostel application.

The application is on the UNN School Portal. Check the University website and UNN Facebook Groups to get the necessary information. Announce on the opening of the hostel portal is on the University website. 

You have a high chance of securing hostel bed space a few minutes after the opening of the portal. Use a 4G internet-enabled device for your hostel application.

How Much Is UNN Hostel Accommodation

UNN hostel accommodation is fifteen thousand Naira (₦15,000) for female students. 

Male students pay twelve thousand Naira (₦12,000). You pay a token at the Student Affairs Department during hostel clearance. 

Read Also: Walk of Shame: My Most Embarrassing Experience in UNN 

UNN Off Campus Accommodation

For many reasons, most students prefer to live off-campus in UNN. Advantages include; privacy, personal hygiene and comfortable study environment, etc.

The problem UNN freshers encounter is greedy house agents of lodges in UNN Nsukka. Many scammers parade themselves as house agents. Most of these house agents are fellow students whose goal is to extort first year students. It is necessary to get a proper orientation on UNN off-campus accommodation.

Be cautious when searching for accommodation through agents. The way to spot dubious house agents is that they are always impatient. They show you a lodge this minute and want you to transfer money to their account immediately. 

They would not allow you to make your choice.

This lodge is the best you will always hear them say.

The most important thing is to relax and make the best choice for yourself. Scammers are usually scared of parents. 

I recommend that you go with any of your parents to search for a lodge in Nsukka. At least make them speak with your parents except you are trying to dupe your parent. 

Your main question right now is where should I stay off campus in UNN. There are four areas where students live off-campus. They are; Hilltop Odim, Odenigwe, Behind flat and Green House.

Note that self contains for rent in UNN may have a single room and toilet. No kitchen. You would have to pay more to get the kitchen package. 

UNN Hilltop

Hilltop in UNN is one of the best places to stay off-campus. It is the Dubai of UNN. The student to indigene ratio is very high compared to other locations around UNN. 

Most of the lodges here have a modern structure. The proximity to school also gives it an edge over other areas. 

Electricity is constant here. By steady electricity, I do not mean 24hours power. Generally, electricity is not a problem in Nsukka.

Do you like the high life, a place where something is always pumping? Hilltop is the best choice for you.

Downside of Hilltop

  1. Security is a serious concern here. The few fine boys in UNN live here. Every year, there are reported cases of shootings and cult-related activities. 

But if you are coming to study, you should not have any problem.

  1. Lodges here are expensive compared to other locations around UNN. It is because of the modern design of the houses. So you have to pay more to get a hilltop lodge. 
  2. Like the name of the place suggests, it is on the hill. You would have to engage in exercise while return home from school. 

Trekking is a thing here in UNN. After all, exercise is good for the body.

How Much Are Lodges in Hilltop

Self Container is usually between eighty to two hundred thousand Naira (₦80,000 – 200,000).

A single room goes for forty to eighty-five thousand Naira (₦40,00 – 85,000).

UNN Odenigwe

Odenigwe is like Hilltop. It has a similar environment and cost of living. The student ratio here is also high. There are new lodges here. The power supply is also okay. 

Downside

Like Hilltop, security is a bit of concern.

How Much Are Lodges in Odenigwe

Self Contain = Eighty to two hundred thousand Naira (₦80,000 – 200,000)

A Single room = Forty to seventy thousand Naira (₦40,000 – 75,000).

UNN Behind Flat

Behind flat is the area close to the boy’s hostel and Akanu Ibiam stadium. There are good lodges here. 

The major problem is proximity. You have to trek some distance to get to your lecture hall.

You can always use the school shuttle to avoid walking. 

  • Lodges in behind flat are cheap compared to Hilltop and Odenigwe.
  • Security is not much of a concern in Behind flat. Nsukka is a peaceful town.

How Much Are Lodges in Behind Flat

Self Contain is between eighty to one hundred and fifty thousand Naira (₦80,00 – 150,000).

Single room in behind flat is between forty to seventy-five thousand Naira (₦40,00 – 75,000).

Green House in UNN

Lodges in the greenhouse are very cheap. I mean very affordable. It is the best place to find a cheap house. 

Electricity is constant in the greenhouse. The greenhouse has stable electricity more than other areas in UNN.

But, the distance to campus is a disadvantage. You can only stay here in comfort if you have a car or motorcycle. Also, few students live in this area. 

How Much Are Lodges in Green House

Self Contain in Green House is between fifty to one hundred and twenty thousand Naira (₦50,00 – 120,000).

The price for a single room apartment in Green House ranges from twenty to sixty thousand Naira (₦20,00 – 60,000).

Odim in UNN

Odim is my favourite off-campus location. I’m going to be a bit partial here. I lived in Odim during my first year. So, you see why.

The indigene ratio is very high. Odim looks like a modern village. 

The crime rate in Odim is zero. You can leave your door open while you go for lectures. But don’t try this.

To emphasize the security status in Odim. You can sleep with your door wide open without the fear of losing your lecture note. 

Electricity is constant in Odim. Some areas use the more constant school light. 

How Much Are Lodges in Odim

Single room in Odim cost between forty to seventy-eight thousand Naira (₦40,00 – 78,000) = 40-78k

Self contain is between sixty to one hundred and sixty thousand Naira (₦60,00 – 150,000).

Kindly note that the prices provided above are estimates. Cost of lodges varies with location. Ensure that you rent a hostel that suits your budget.

Only pay for a lodge that you have inspected yourself. Make sure to ask questions from people living in the area.

Note that many agents are going around looking for first year students to defraud. Shine your eyes.

Walking distance off campus is walkable to lecture halls except for greenhouse.

Banks in UNN

Here is the list of banks and ATM terminals in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

  • First Bank Nigeria
  • United Bank of Africa
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Access Bank
  • Access Diamond Bank
  • UNN Microfinance Bank
  • FCMB ATM
  • Zenith Bank ATM

First Bank Nigeria

First Bank is beside the Nnamdi Azikwe library beside UNN container. First Bank is one of the busiest banks on campus due to the fact it is in the heart of the Nsukka campus.

There are about seven ATM’s in the bank that serves the University community.

United Bank of Africa

UBA is next to Fidelity bank close to Okpara and Balewa hostel

Fidelity Bank

Fidelity Bank is beside UBA bank.

Access Bank

Access bank is in UNN campus gate. There is also an ATM terminal at the Access bank ICT building.

UNN Microfinance Bank

The bank is beside Access bank at the campus gate.

FCMB ATM

Student Multipurpose complex.

Zenith Bank ATM

It is in front of the UNN Zenith Bank ICT Building.

Note: All the banks in UNN closes by 4 pm.

Restaurants in UNN

  • Chitis Restaurant
  • 11:45 Restaurant and Coffee Shop
  • Marlima Restaurant
  • Student Union Building (SUB)
  • UNN CEC Guest House
  • ChefD
  • UNN Container
  • Old Carolina Restaurants and Bar
  • PG Refectory
  • Krystal’s Place
  • Sogo Emporium Restaurants

Cheapest Guest House and Hotels in Nsukka

In case your parents need a guest house to stay during your matriculation ceremony. Below is a list of guest house and hotels in Nsukka. You’d need to make further inquiries to know the cost of this accommodation. 

  • UNN CEC Guest House
  • Golden Valley Hotel Nsukka
  • Conis Hotel
  • Grace Manor Hotel
  • New Ikenga Hotel and Resort
  • Jerry Marriott Hotel
  • Remax Hotel 
  • Old Carolina Hotel Nsukka 
  • Flemingo Suites
  • Ikenga Hotel
  • Canaan Lodge

Churches and Campus Fellowships in UNN

  • St. Peter’s Catholic Chaplaincy, UNN
  • Christ Church Chapel, UNN
  • Ideal Life City
  • The Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Graduate Students Fellowship, UNN
  • Watchman Campus Fellowship
  • Methodist Campus Fellowship
  • Redeemed Campus Fellowship (RCF)
  • Deeper Life Campus Fellowship (DLCF)
  • Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES)
  • Scripture Union Campus Fellowship (SUCF)
  • The Lord’s Chosen Campus Fellowship
  • Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS)
  • Mountain of Fire and Miracles Campus Fellowship
  • New Covenant Family (NCF)
  • Student Christian Movement (SCM)
  • Winners’ Campus Fellowship (WCF)
  • Christ Ambassadors Student Outreach (CASOR)
  • Student Christian Union
  • Anglican Student Fellowship (ASF)

Fast UNN WiFi Hotspot in UNN

  • Princess Alexandra Auditorium
  • MIS
  • GS Building
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe Library basement
  • Zenith ICT centre
  • Abuja Building
  • Geology
  • UNESCO
  • CDeL
  • Social Science
  • Exams and Records
  • VC Office

I would love to hear from you in the comment box. 

  • Ask me any question about UNN and I would respond to you ASAP.

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Once again, congratulation on your admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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