How to Access My Unisa Login and myLife Email

myUnisa online student portal is a vital portal for Unisa Students. To learn how to register and login to myUnisa and myLife email, read on.

How to register

  1. Visit the student portal.
  2. Click the “Claim Unisa Login” button at the top-right of the screen.
  3. Type your student number into the box and click ‘Continue’. If you don’t know what your student number is, you can find it on your Unisa Acceptance Letter or on most official Unisa documents. If you have not yet been accepted to Unisa, read this article on how to apply to Unisa.
  4. Fill in your personal information into the form. You will need your South African ID number or Foreign ID/Passport number to complete this section.
  5. Read the Terms and Conditions, check the boxes, and click ‘Acknowledge’.
  6. Voila! You’re in. You’ll notice that you will be given an initial password, which you can change whenever you want. This will be your password to access both your myUnisa account and your myLife email account. You will also see your Unisa email address, which you will use throughout your time at UNISA.

How to login to myUnisa student portal

  1. First register for a myLife account using the steps above.
  2. Navigate to the student portal, type in your username and password, and click ‘Login’.

How to login to myLife email portal

All Unisa students are required to have the myLife email account since important information is posted on the account. The account is free to open and uses the Microsoft Office 365 platform.

To log in,

  1. First register for a myLife account using the steps above. It can take up to 24 hours after registering before your myLife email will work.
  2. Navigate to the email portal, type in your username and password, and click ‘Login’. myLife uses the Microsoft platform, so you’ll see a Microsoft login – this is the right login page.

How to Change your password

Don’t forget to change your initial password to something that is both secure and which you will remember. You should also try this if your myLife email account is not working more than 24 hours after you registered.

  1. Log in to your myUnisa account.
  2. Navigate to ‘My Admin’.
  3. Click ‘change password’ and follow the prompts.

Ensure you keep my Life UNISA account credentials safe. You need this to do Unisa registration and submit Unisa assignments.

Unisa application status: How to check

When you apply to study at Unisa, the verification of application takes some time. You may only receive feedback from Unisa six to eight weeks after the closing date for applications.

However, if you want to check your unisa application status, here’s how.

Features of myUnisa admin

MyUnisa admin is your unisa login dashboard. It gives you access to;

  • Study materials
  • unisa registration
  • myunisa assignments
  • Announcements
  • Unisa financial status
  • unisa exam results
  • Exam timetable

Frequently asked questions

How do I access myLife at Unisa?

To access your my Life email account, follow these steps:
Go to the mylife.unisa.ac.za/
Enter your full e-mail address (eg xxxxxxxx@mylife.unisa.ac.za) and your password for your e-mail account.
Select “Sign in“.
Then click “sign out” after you’re done with everything. Remember to sign out of both accounts. Do not just close the windows.

How do I log into Unisa?

Here’s how to access myUnisa
Visit unisa student portal via my.unisa.ac.za/portal/xlogin
On the upper-right corner of your screen, enter your username and password
Click on “Login”

How do I check my Unisa exam results?

Log in to myUNISA website, click into My Admin, and then enter Exam analyses. You will receive your examination results via your student email after they are ready. Your examination analyses will be sent through printed copies.

Where can I find my Unisa student number?

If you have lost your student number, or can’t remember it, visit my.unisa.ac.za/ and click on “Forgotten Student Number?” in the left navigation bar. Submit your details to search for your student number.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.