UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.


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Students come to UCT from all over Africa and the world

In 2018 UCT was home to 28 600 students (17 552 undergraduates and 11 048 postgraduates) with about 6 370 living in the residence system. 22 669 students came from South Africa, 3 512 were SADC students and 1 539 students came from the rest of Africa, with 880 students from elsewhere in the world. After graduating, UCT students take up positions in every sector of the economy, around the world. UCT’s Development and Alumni Department is in contact with over 170 000 alumni in 151 countries, some 121 000 of whom live in South Africa.

Life on Campus

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 1.2 million print volumes, which are kept on 53 km of shelves.


Sexual Assault 24-hour hotline
072 393 7824

UCT Student Careline
0800 24 25 26 or SMS 31393

CPS 24-hour hotline
021 650 2222/3

SADAG - South African Depression and Anxiety Group
0800 24 25 26 or SMS 31393

Student Wellness Service





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 about 40 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

2019 16 Oct 10:00 26 Oct 17:00

Psychological Portraits

Gillian Solomon's subject matter is based on relationships with those close to her; family and friends drawn and sketched over many years. Observing intimate moments, her images record her own and their psychological connection to one another.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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2019 22 Oct 19:30 20:30

The Schock Foundation Prize for Singing

Final Round - SA College of Music - This is the eighteenth annual voice competition sponsored by the Schock Foundation, in two categories, Best Male Voice and Best Female Voice. The competition is open to full-time students of the SACM.

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2019 26 Oct 11:45

Rheumatology Update 2019

The day-long programme will inform General Practitioners and Family Medicine physicians of the latest developments in rheumatology. We will explore early rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and gout, and will have practical workshop sessions on intra-articular joint injection techniques, and diagnostic approaches to patients with musculoskeletal problems.

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Prepare yourself for a career in the financial sector with UCT’s School of Economics and enrol in the Financial Analysis and Portfolio...
We are recruiting participants for a study on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the brain. This study investigates how the brains of...
The vice-chancellors of all 26 public universities are calling for an urgent meeting with the President of South Africa, to register their...
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