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Change of Student Residency in Legon for 2022/2023 Academic Year

Student residency arrangements in the University of Ghana, Legon is changing beginning with the 2022/23 academic year. The office of the Registrar has sent out information that all continuing students of Commonwealth Hall will not return to their room next semester. The same fate has been pronounced on students of Mensah Sarbah hall as well. The only exception will be continuing students that have special needs. Continuing students are advised to look for accommodation in private hostels around the University of Ghana, Legon.


The new directive is to ensure that only freshers and graduate students will reside in the traditional halls on campus. This means the the University of Ghana will now implement an ‘IN-OUT-OUT-OUT’ policy. However, this will be fully in force during the 2025/2026 academic year. Below is the official announcement by the University.

The University Council has deliberated on recommendations from the Residence Board and the Academic Board regarding changes to student residence arrangements. These changes were requested by Council following repeated incidences of violence involving students. 

Council approved the following measures to take effect from the start of the 2022/2023 academic year, which are to prevent future occurrences of violence: 

  • All continuing students of Commonwealth Hall and continuing male students of Mensah Sarbah Hall will not return to these halls, or to any of the traditional halls.  They are to be randomly assigned to available rooms in any of the UGEL and private hostels. Continuing female students of Mensah Sarbah Hall and students with special needs in both halls will not be affected by this measure.   
  • Beginning from the 2022/2023 academic year, only Level 100 and graduate students (Masters and PhD level) will be assigned to Mensah Sarbah and Commonwealth Halls. Subsequently, undergraduate students will vacate the halls at the end of Level 100 and may secure accommodation in the private hostels from Level 200 until completion.  
  • Level 100 students who opt for traditional halls will be randomly assigned to the halls. 
  • Progressively, all the traditional halls (Mensah Sarbah, Commonwealth, Volta, Legon and Akuafo halls) will be reserved for Level 100 and graduate students only, culminating into a full in-out-out-out policy by 2025/2026. 

Additionally, the University is installing CCTV cameras and Electronic Access control systems in all halls to improve upon security. 

All students are to take note of these arrangements. Further details on these will be announced before the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year.  

This directive was triggered as a result of the clashes between continuing students of the Mensah Sarbah and Commonwealth Halls over the years. Do you think it is a good initiative by the University? Let us know in the comments. If you have been affected and are in need of a hostel then you can search for one on

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