There are two types of accommodation open to Arcadia students at UCT, depending on availability and student preference. Both are safe, secure and within easy reach of classes. The Arcadia accommodation is guaranteed. It is close to the main university and will house you with other Arcadia students. The UCT accommodation will house you with South African or international students. This accommodation has limited availability and is not guaranteed.
The Woolsack is located on the middle UCT campus, and houses 206 male and female students. Accommodation is self-catered and arranged in four pavilions and five courts, which flank a large lawn in the centre, and kitchens are shared by four to six students. You will share with international or South African students. Space in this accommodation is limited and subject to availability, which means it cannot be guaranteed.
Arcadia provides housing to students on our University of Cape Town program in group houses or apartments located in the neighborhoods surrounding UCT, such as Mowbray, Rondebosch and Observatory. These houses or apartments are shared with other Arcadia students studying at either UCT or the University of the Western Cape and may be co-ed or single-sex.
The neighborhoods where Arcadia housing is located were chosen for their close proximity to the UCT main campus and their great student vibe — with shops and restaurants that cater to the 20,000 students who attend UCT. The Arcadia staff ensure that the housing is in safe neighborhoods and that the building themselves are secure. Of course, it is the responsibility of students living in a given house or apartment to make sure that doors are locked, windows secured, and access to strangers is restricted. In this way, everyone works together to ensure a safe living environment.
Each Arcadia residence is located within walking distance of either the UCT campus or a Jammie shuttle stop. The Jammie shuttle is free to UCT students with their student ID and runs frequently between UCT’s campuses and the surrounding neighborhoods.
All Arcadia accommodation will be simply furnished to offer the basic tools and amenities required to study, eat, and relax comfortably. Bed linens are provided by Arcadia and coin-operated laundry facilities will be available either on-site or at a nearby laundromat.
There is no meal plan for this program and students are able to purchase food at one of the nearby grocery stores to prepare their own meals. All residences will have a kitchen stocked with basic pots, pans, utensils and dishes for this purpose. Students should budget approximately $20-100 to purchase supplementary items for their houses or apartments per their personal preferences, like towels, hangers, extra linens, or more specialized cooking supplies.
Internet is available in all Arcadia accommodation on a pay-as-you-go basis via Red Dot wifi hotspots. Students connect and establish a credit card account and are billed per megabytes of usage. The price will differ depending on what time of day you use the internet and it is cheaper during the night than during daytime hours. Students who wisely monitor their internet usage will have an internet expense of ~R400 (~$50) per month more or less.
It is important to understand that beyond satisfying Arcadia University’s housing standards, amenities will vary in each building and from room to room. This is what is unique about living in private residences in Cape Town neighborhoods where local students and citizens also live.
For more information, please see the general South Africa accommodation page.