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UCT’s residence system

UCT has a three-tier residence system that provides different services, governance and management to support undergraduate and postgraduate students on and off campus.

Generally speaking, a student will initially enter a fist-tier residence (full catering), move to a second-tier residence (senior catering or self-catering) in subsequent years, and then on to third-tier accommodation (semi-autonomous self-catering).

Each residence has its own history and traditions, but they all strive to achieve excellence in the various spheres of residence life. Safety is of paramount importance to UCT, so all residences have strict access control and most are covered by closed circuit television cameras.

Students with disabilities can be accommodated in different residences. They simply have to contact the Student Accommodation Office and the Disability Unit, which will address their particular needs.

First-tier accommodation

First-tier residences provide accommodation for undergraduate students, who are usually under the age of 21. These residences provide students with up to three meals a day in a dining hall. Some first-tier residence buildings have double rooms.

These residences provide common-room space for television, meetings and social interaction, as well as self-operating laundries. Many have pool and table tennis facilities, and some have access to a swimming pool.

Second-tier accommodation

Second-tier residences provide accommodation for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students. Catering residences provide up to three meals a day in a dining hall. Most second-tier accommodation is composed of two- to four-bedroom flats. All rooms in second-tier residences are single.

The residence governance structures ensure a smooth transition into independent senior student life while allowing students to share communal space with their counterparts.

These residences provide common-room space for television, meetings and social interaction, as well as self-operating laundries. Many have a piano, pool and table tennis facilities, and some have access to a swimming pool.

Third-tier accommodation

Third-tier residences provide accommodation for senior postgraduate students.

These residences have wardens who oversee the academic and social well-being of the students. The wardens ensure that there is a good community life in the houses, flats and purpose-built residences, such as Obz Square.

Due to the geographical fragmentation of third-tier accommodation, a Residence Association has been tasked with creating a quality residence life experience for postgraduates.

With basic furniture provided, most units are within walking distance of upper campus or close to Jammie Shuttle stops, and all allow easy access to shops and public transport.

Some third-tier residences provide self-operating laundries, and all residents have access to UCT sport facilities and swimming pools.

Accommodation for students with spouses and dependants

JP Duminy residence provides accommodation for students with spouses and dependants (but this is limited to students’ own children). It is situated in Main Road, Mowbray, and houses 42 students in flats that are within easy walking distance of upper campus, the Jammie Shuttle service and local retail outlets.

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