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 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.


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

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 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

2019 16 Feb 17:30 20:00

Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) kickstarts its rich programme for 2019 with the Cape Town launch of the ICA’s highly anticipated new book, Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa – the first book on live art in the country.

The launch will feature an immersive lineup of performances, addresses, and reflections.

Entrance is free, but attendees must please RSVP.

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2019 19 Feb 12:50 14:00

What Do Global Solutions to Mass Incarceration Look Like? An Introduction to the Incarceration Nations Network

There are some 10.35 million people worldwide are currently behind bars. This number is steadily increasing: between 2008 and 2011, the prison population grew in 78% of all countries and between 2000 and 2016 it showed an increase of almost 20%. More than 3.2 of these 10.35 million people behind bars have not been convicted of anything — they are potentially innocent people awaiting trial. One in five of these 10.35 million is incarcerated for drug-related offenses, 83% of this number for simple drug possession.

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2019 21 Feb 17:30 19:30

Bertha Centre Collective #1: What is Inclusion

Join us on 21 February as the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship invites learners, school staff, parents and the Western Cape Education Department, to engage in honest reflection and productive discussion on the inclusivity of the learning environments in our schools at The Grove Primary School.

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The following vehicles have been abandoned and are now for sale through a competitive bidding process, to UCT staff & students only....
Providing financial aid to eligible students is one of the key priorities for the university. According to preliminary (unaudited) analysis...
The monthly scheduled ICTS maintenance slots for 2019 start on Sunday, 20 January, when ICTS services should not be expected to be...
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