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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.


COVID-19 24-hour hotline
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24-hour Student Careline
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CPS 24-hour hotline
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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 24 Nov 09:00 30 Nov 17:00

Power System Flexible Operation

The objective of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the considerations for optimising power systems. The content provides an understanding of the interaction between different energy generation sources, how these systems are set up and the market structure to sustainably support flexibly in the power system.

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2021 29 Nov 16:30 19:00

Launch of the UCT SRC AfriFund

UCT students and staff are invited to attend the official launch and fundraiser for the UCT SRC AfriFund. This is a hybrid event, hosted for a limited number of guests on UCT middle campus.

The AfriFund aims to support African international students who are unable to register due to outstanding university fees, such as tuition and residence fees, with funds raised by the SRC with the assistance of the Development and Alumni Department. The AfriFund is intended to assist with financial debt clearance.

Dress code: Semi-formal African.

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2022 01 Feb 09:00 22 Sep 17:00

Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing

This course is open to all professional and enrolled nurses currently registered with the South African Nursing Council.
It is recommended that the blended e-learning student have access to computers and is computer literate.

Course content:
Course work is divided into 4 modules.

Module 1: Principles and practice of palliative care.
Module 2: Theory and practice of symptom control.
Module 3: Communication skills in palliative care.
Module 4: Theory and practice of psychosocial, spiritual and supportive care.

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Student Wellness Service (SWS) will launch the SWS ICAS On-The-Go Crisis App on Monday, 20 September 2021. The UNI003 is the app code on...
The UCT  SWS, in Partnership with Rondebosch Medical Centre is excited to share free physio care for all UCT students currently...
Botlhale AI is a Cape Town based startup that offers a Natural Language Processing Toolkit for African languages to help organisations and...
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