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 09 Mar 09:00 30 Mar 17:00

Melancholia in the Pathology Museum

The UCT Pathology Learning Centre (in collaboration with Is Art Gallery) is pleased to host selected pieces from Natasja de Wet's latest body of work Melancholia (2017). Included are some of De Wet's most personal and emotive mixed-media pieces that explore both the fragility and generative possibilities of the human condition.

Opening 11:00 Saturday, 9 March
Weekdays 9:00 – 17:00
Saturdays 10:00 – 12:30
Walkabout 18:00 Thursday ,14 March

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2019 17 Apr 17:00 18:30

Classical Music and Surgery

A Seminar Series hosted by the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences 2019 presented by Eugenio Panieri and Steve Reid.
How the creative and expressive arts can be integrated with health sciences and healthcare.

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2019 Stella Clark Teachers' Award (SCTA) Nominations
UCT students are invited to nominate a teacher who is currently teaching in a secondary school and who, in your opinion, deserves...
The SRC’s Freshers Guide for 2019 is now available online. Download the guide.
The following vehicles have been abandoned and are now for sale through a competitive bidding process, to UCT staff & students only....
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