It is extremely difficult to expect quality in teaching and learning in the university in the absence of sufficient support. The environment just has to provide resources that can sustain an organization such as a university. Human, material and financial support just have have to be available so as to expect any positive results. This work unveiled the extent to which lack of resources may impact on teaching and learning processes. The study focused on the University of Zimbabwe as the case, where diminished resources existed. A plethora of challenges prevailed that negatively impacted on the quality of teaching and learning. Findings of this study were perculiar to the situation that prevailed at the University of Zimbabwe at the time of the study only and cannot be generalized. However, the findings may be applicable to other higher education institutions that may be in similar circumstances while the given recommendations may be of great assistance too.