Campus Life


The Department of Student Administration, headed by the Dean of Students, deals primarily with the personal and social welfare aspects of the student’s life. The following facilities are provided by the office of Dean of Students: residence, games and sport, worship, student counseling in various problems and career guidance. The Dean of Students also assists the Deputy Vice Chancelor Administration in student disciplinary matters.


A limited number of rooms in the halls of residence are available on application before the beginning of the academic year. Accommodation in the Halls is therefore not guaranteed for every student. Students are urged to find their own accommodation outside the Halls. Presently,t there are six Halls of Residence on the main campus. There are also residential places for students at Ubungo and Mabibo Hostels.

Payment of rent is made to the University Students Accommodation Bureau (USAB) offices located near

Hall V premises and through the NBC Ltd. on campus. No student will be given a room in the Halls of Residence until s/he has paid the prescribed rent. Priority for on-campus accommodation will be given to students with disabilities, foreign students, and female students from up- country.

Student Activities

Most of the student activities are organized by DARUSO, the students union. The students’ organization is concerned with the students’ academic, political, social and recreational activities. Students are encouraged to form academic/professional organizations. They are also encouraged to form and join social organizations that have been registered. New social and academic organizations are registered with the Dean of Students office.

Games and Sports

The University main campus has some of the best sporting facilities in the country including an international size track field, a swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer pitches, netball and basketball courts, hockey and cricket fields. However, most of these facilities require intensive rehabilitation. A gymnasium where badminton, squash and weight lifting can be held is in place. Students can therefore participate in athletics, swimming, lawn tennis, table tennis, football, basketball, netball, hockey, badminton, cricket, handball and boxing.

University students, through their Student Sports Council, Tanzania University Sports Association (TUSA), can take part in sports and game competitions organized by various sports bodies, such as the East, Central and Southern Africa Universities Sports Association (ECSAUSA), the Federation of African University

Sports (FASU) and the Federation of International University Sports (FISU).

Religious Activities

Students and staff of the University of Dar es Salaam have complete freedom of worship based on their spiritual beliefs, within the limitations of the laws of the country and Student By-Laws. At the Mwalimu Nyerere Campus, there is a Mosque for Moslems, whereas Christians worship services are conducted at the Joint Christian Chapel. Both facilities are situated near Hall No. 4 along Biafra and Kilimahewa Roads.


The University offers cafeteria services with all meals to students at subsidised rates. The meals are paid for at the cafeteria counters. There are three cafeterias and a number of canteens on the main campus which have the capacity to serve the present student population.


The University of Dar es Salaam Health Centre (UHC) provides health services to students, staff members, staff families and the general public. The Centre is located within the Mwl. Julius K. Nyerere Mlimani Campus. The Centre also runs dispensaries located at Mabibo students’ Hostels and IMS (Zanzibar) as well as a dispensing room at SJMC (Kijitonyama).

UHC operates on a twenty-four hour basis. Currently the following are the services offered: Outpatient clinic (treatment of various disease conditions); In patient services (hospitalization); a wide range of laboratory services; Specialized clinics in skin and sexually transmitted infections, eye and optical services, obstetrics and gynaecology, diabetes, paediatrics, and psychiatry and mental health; Counselling and testing for HIV and providing antiretroviral drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS; Reproductive and child health services; Treatment of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis; and Health education, communication and counselling students on reproductive health.

UHC is accredited to offer services to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) beneficiaries. All students are required to join NHIF by filling in special forms after contributing some specified amount of money to the NHIF during the registration period. Students who fulfil the above will be provided with NHIF membership cards which will be used to access treatment at the Centre and other accredited health facilities country wide.



The University of Dar es Salaam Library is an academic unit which is fully involved in teaching, research and consultancy. The primary role of the Library is to provide information services to support teaching, learning and research functions of the University. It has three departments namely: Reader Services, Technical Services and Research and Special Collection. Each department is headed by an academic member of staff who is answerable to the Director. Senior staff members of the Library are involved in teaching, research and consultancy services.The University Library is a national depository, which collects materials published in Tanzania and are housed in the East Africana Section. These include books, journals, research reports, government and university publications. It also includes materials on the former East African Community, the Liberation movement and SADC publications.

The Library has seven major sections: Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Science and Engineering, Reference, East Africana and ICT. These collections consist of books, journals and other materials in their respective subject areas, both in print and electronic versions. They are self-sustaining service units which provide specialized services to users undertaking research and courses in various subject areas. In addition, the Library has Information Studies Programme, which is a training wing that conducts Bachelors, Masters and PhD programmes in Library and Information Studies.

The Library provides both print and electronic information services to its users. The services provided include: Lending Services, Document Delivery, E-mail and Internet, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI), Current Awareness Services and photocopying services. Being a national depository library and the largest collection of research materials, its services are also extended to researchers and scholars both within and outside the country



University of Dar es Salaam Main Library Term:


Monday – Saturday

8.00 a.m. – 06.30 p.m.


7.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Public Holidays

2.00 p.m.– 06.30 p.m


1.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m


The University of Dar es Salaam offers innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship training and skills development through the University of Dar es Salaam Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (UDIEC) and other relevant units that are based in the Colleges, Schools and Institutes. The mission of the Centre is to promote development of knowledge, skills and technologies that are geared towards solving societal problems through innovations. Our aim is to produce graduates who are job creators rather than job seekers. Students are urged to get involved in the activities of the Centre.



Transport services for students residing off-campus are available at a reasonablecosts. The transport services are provided by three shuttle buses that were donated to the University by the CRDB Bank and privately owned mini-buses for students residing at Mabibo Hostel. The services run from 06.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. during the semester and from 06.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. during vacations.


Students and staff of the University of Dar es Salaam have complete freedom of worship based on their spiritual beliefs, within the limitations of the laws of the country and Student By-Laws. At the Mwalimu Nyerere Campus, there is a Mosque for Moslems whereas Christians worship services are conducted at the Joint Christian Chapel. Both facilities are situated near Hall No. 4 along Biafra and Kilimahewa Roads.



The University of Dar es Salaam Security and Safety Management Systems consist of a Police Station, the University Auxiliary Police Unit and Private Security Companies; which have security contracts with the University Management. All students are cautioned to secure themselves and their colleagues by instilling in their minds the attitude of being always alert with security consciousness spirit and self-awareness against unpredicted crimes. Whenever Police assistance is needed, you are advised to report immediately by using the following telephone numbers:




Contact Telephone Numbers


UDSM Auxiliary Police Station

+255 652 097 852





UDSM Police Station

+255 22 2410279


Hall 1 - 5 and Extension for International Students

+255 712 850 450


Hall 6 and 7 Postgraduate Hostel

+255 688 668 434


Library and Lecture Halls

+255 652 097 856



The University has basic shopping facilities at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani Campus, Mabibo Hostel, as well as DUCE Campus. There is a major Shopping Mall at Mlimani City, which is located within the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani Campus along Sam Nujoma Road. Major Banks, a Bureau de Change, Travel Agent and mobile telephone service providers are located in the mall.


The University has a Bookshop, which is currently operated by the Dar es Salaam University Press (DUP). It is located at the Mwalimu Nyerere Mlimani Campus near Cafeteria 1 and 2. UDSM staff and students, as well as alumni and visitors can access a range of textbooks and University apparel and gifts from the University Bookshop. Students can also buy books from the Mlimani City Bookshop. Anyone in need of books may contact DUP



There are a number of University operating photocopying services situated in the University Library and the College of Engineering and Technology (CoET), which offer reasonable price to UDSM staff and students. Almost all major academic units and offices have photocopying facilities, which are dedicated to staff members, other printing, photocopy and stationery service are operated by the private enterprises and are located on campus and in the neighbourhood.



UDSM staff and students can access services of major banks (CRDB, NBC and NMB) which have their branches at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani Campus. ATM services are available oncampus. More banks and financial services, including Bureau for Change are available at the Mlimani Shopping Mall, which is situated on Campus.



There is a Post Office located at the Mwalimu Nyerere Mlimani Campus near Cafeteria 1 and 2. The office provides all postal services.