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Undergraduate Student Guide

UOWD Undergraduate Student Guide 2017-18

UOWD Residential Services provide students with a clean, safe and secure living option in Dubai. Student residences offer a unique multi-cultural environment conducive to academic success, personal growth, and social development.

Residential Services currently house undergraduate, postgraduate, and English study students in separate buildings for males and females - each overseen by live-in Residence Supervisors and student Residence Advisors.

The Residences are located in Jebel Ali Gardens (approximately 15 minutes by bus from Knowledge Village). All apartments in Jebel Ali Gardens are 3-bedrooms. All bedrooms are allocated on a shared-basis, 2 students per bedroom.

Since availability is limited, early registration is recommended to secure University accommodation. Private and family accommodation is not available in the UOWD Residences.

Residence fees include the following items:

  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Internet access and TV with cable service
  • Equipped kitchens with appliances such as stove, refrigerator, microwave, water cooler
  • Cleaning services and laundry facilities
  • Transportation to/from UOWD several times a day, including evenings for postgraduate classes
  • Residence Supervisors providing on-site supervision
  • A community lifestyle, encouraging participation in formal and informal social and sporting activities.

Some items are not provided in the Residences and you will need to make arrangements to bring the following items or purchase them in Dubai:

  • Computers
  • Bed linen, pillows, blankets, towels
  • Plates, cups, utensils, pots/pans, cooking utensils
  • Bedside lamp, electrical adaptors, extension cords
  • Laundry soap, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Other personal items as required.

Students are also required to purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals, or order meals from nearby restaurants.

Recreation Facilities at the Residences

The sports and recreation facilities are part of the facilities provided by the Complex Management where the Residences are located and are not under the control of UOWD. These facilities include a swimming pool, cricket pitch, football pitch, tennis courts and a basketball court. There may be additional charges for the use of the facilities that are not included in the Residence fees. 

UOWD provides sports equipment such as basketballs and footballs, tennis racquets and balls, and bicycles at each Residence. These are provided for students' use free of charge.

Nearby Facilities

The Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall, which houses over 200 shops (including a hypermarket, cinemas and amusement arcades, money exchanges, banking services, restaurants, cafes and food courts) is within a short walking distance from the Student Residences located at Jebel Ali Gardens.


UOWD provides air-conditioned shuttle bus services between the University Residences and the Knowledge Village campus several times a day, including an evening service for postgraduate students. This is a free transport service run by UOWD.

Public transportation is a safe, clean and inexpensive way for students to travel around the city. The public transportation system covers most of Dubai and students can avail of a discount by showing their Student ID card when they board the bus.

Any personal transportation such as cars and motorbikes can be parked in the designated parking lots at each residence at no extra charge.

Health Services

All students applying to enter the University Residences must have a mandatory health check at the UOWD Medical Centre, prior to moving in. This health check is free of charge and must be re-done annually after the initial check-up.

The Resident Supervisors are trained in basic first-aid and are equipped with a first-aid kit. A government clinic is located near the Residences for more serious health concerns.

Students are strongly advised to arrange for a government health card when they first arrive as private medical care is extremely expensive. A government health card costs approximately AED 500 and allows the card holder to receive medical care at all government hospitals and clinics.