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

2020 11 Mar 18:00 20:00

Gilbert and Sullivan by Elizabeth Handley 11 March 2020

This presentation of light-hearted musical entertainment was prepared at the request of the President of the British and Commonwealth Association in Stockholm. W.S Gilbert – librettist – and Sir Arthur Sullivan – composer – were brought together by the visionary producer Richard D’Oyly Carte. He built the Savoy Theatre in which to stage their works in Victorian London in 1881. Together, between 1871 and 1896, they created around fourteen operettas, of which The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado are the best known.

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2020 23 Mar 09:00 27 Mar 11:00

Discreet Choice Modelling and Stated Choice Survey Design

This one-week course, run at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will present a brief but systematic overview of choice modelling and survey design theory and practice. Taught by Professor Stephane Hess from the Choice Modelling Centre (CMC) at the University of Leeds and experts at the University of Cape Town, the course will consist of a mixture of lectures, computer practicals, and detailed case studies from within Africa and beyond.

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The Office for Inclusivity and Change Disability Service Offices and Lab will be temporarily closed from Monday, 24 February to...
The purpose of the Food Programme is to provide basic support to students who are hungry and to enhance student learning and success.
2020 First Semester – isiXhosa Communication Skills Course Levels: Beginners and Intermediate
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