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 05 Jan 08:00 26 Jan 17:00

Ibro-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo - #isiCNI2020

Computational neuroscience is a rapidly expanding subject focused on understanding and modeling the brain, while helping to designing and interpret future experiments. This school aims to promote computational neuroscience in Africa by bringing together international and local students under the tutelage of world-leading experts in the field.

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2020 15 Jan 09:00 07 Feb 13:00

Survey Data Analysis for Development Summer Training Programme

We offer short courses in survey data analysis. Short courses are a great way to acquire new skills or to enhance/refresh your existing skills. The 2020 summer programme will run in January and February on the Middle Campus at the University of Cape Town. Our courses have a strong practical component and teaching takes place in a computer lab. Registered university students qualify for discounts.
View our 2020 short courses.

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2020 27 Jan 09:00 31 Jan 17:00

Understanding complex social survey data

This course is aimed at postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.), researchers, and officials in state agencies wanting to analyse social surveys using Stata. It explains the complex nature of the sample design of household surveys, including unequal probabilities of selection and weighting, clustering and stratification. It also covers calibration, variance estimation, data quality and (briefly) imputation.

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2019 First Semester – isiXhosa Communication Skills Course Levels: Beginners and Intermediate
The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate will recommence with the resurfacing of the M3 outbound between the N2 highway and Newlands...
The Steve Biko Building has been temporarily closed for renovations since 1 July 2019 and will remain closed until 31 March 2020...
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