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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.


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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

2021 08 Jun 09:00 30 Jun 18:00

Accredited UCT GSB Short Course with KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Collaborate with students from the KTH Global Development Hub in this online course to solve local societal challenges and learn about social entrepreneurship and innovation. Full course outline attached.

Subject matter: Challenge-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in areas characterised by major constraints in resources and infrastructure.

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2021 17 Jun 19:00 20:00

Great Texts/Big Questions with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

The final lecture in the ICA's 2021 Great Texts/Big Questions Online Lecture Series will be presented by esteemed novelist and academic Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o!

Join us this Thursday 17 June 19:00. (Please note change in time; not 18:00 as originally advertised).

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Botlhale AI is a Cape Town based startup that offers a Natural Language Processing Toolkit for African languages to help organisations and...
Collaborate with students from the KTH Global Development Hub in this online course to solve local societal challenges and learn about...
As the School's newest academic programme, it teaches students to address the challenge of designing, winning support for, and implementing...
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