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Students come to UCT from all over Africa and the world

In 2017, 4 874 international students studied at UCT from 111 countries. Of the total student population, 2 321 are from SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. After graduating, UCT students take up positions in every sector of the economy, around the world.

Life on Campus

In 2017 UCT was home to 28 185 students (6 753 living in the residence system). Around 4 200 new first-years are accepted to study at UCT every year.

There are more than 100 student societies active on campus, including academic, faith, national, cultural, political and special interest societies. Students can also choose from almost 40 sporting codes, which include a variety of disciplines from fencing and jiu jitsu to hockey, rugby and rowing.

The Jammie Shuttle service, UCT’s free transport system, makes almost 200 000 trips each year, transporting students and staff to and from the university’s campuses.

UCT Libraries is a repository of approximately 1.3 million print volumes, which are kept on 53 349 linear metres of shelves.


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Transport at UCT starts with the Jammie Shuttle, but it doesn’t need to end there. A range of public and private transport options will help you get around campus and the city.

Transport overview | Jammie Shuttle | Campus maps




Residence life is a special experience. Staying in a UCT residence is an extension of students' university education, where they can benefit from all the facilities and services such as student learning centres, social and sporting activities, life-skills and peer-tutoring programmes.

Student housing




There are more than 100 student societies and organisations on campus, so you’ll definitely be able to find something that will tickle your fancy.

Full list of student societies




UCT offers 37 sport clubs, so this is a great opportunity to carry on with the sports you loved at school or to try your hand at something completely new.

Sports clubs and coordinators


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Upcoming Events

2018 05 Dec 10:00 14 Dec 16:00

Michaelis Graduate Exhibition

The Michaelis School of Fine Art presents the Graduate Exhibition, 2018. The graduate exhibition of work by young artists in fulfillment of a BA Fine Art, and PGDip Fine Art degree. 

The Graduate Exhibition is an annual showcase that is produced by the graduating BAFA class. It is an opportunity for the group to debut themselves as the next generation of young artist as the culmination of a four-year process of learning and experimentation.

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2018 10 Dec 09:00 13 Dec 17:00

Design Thinking Week

The Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at UCT (d-school) is happy to announce the annual Design

Thinking Week is to be held at UCT upper campus from 10 to 13 December 2018.

Students currently registered at universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning in

South Africa are invited to apply for this exciting programme.

It is FREE of charge.

Successful applicants would be required to make their own travel, accommodation and living arrangements to attend the programme in Cape Town.

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2019 07 Jan 09:00 25 Jan 17:00

Summer School 2019

UCT’s 2019 Summer School is now open for booking through Webtickets. Offering all the intellectual stimulation of university study without the exams or entrance requirements, UCT's Summer School has been part of the fabric of the city for 68 years. More than one hundred short courses cover everything from astronomy to zoology, music to current affairs. Discover the mysteries behind the human genome, neuroscience, spaceflight, sharks and the 1918 flu. Explore Islamic philosophy, land reform, Eastern Europe, great literature and famous art.

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2019 Foundation Programme in Design Thinking
The Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at UCT (d-school) would like to invite registered students from institutions of Higher...
The Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at UCT (d-school) is happy to announce the annual Design Thinking Week is to be held at UCT...
Register for Masithethe isiXhosa Course for staff offered by the Multilingualism Education Project (MEP) based in the Centre for Higher...
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