Current university students in residences can now use an online application system to submit their applications. These applications are open from 5 June 2020 to 31 July 2020. Should there be any challenges accessing the system, please submit a query.
Subject to the availability of space in residences, a decision to open applications to off-campus students will be confirmed later. Off-campus students are advised to visit this site on a regular basis.
All applications must be submitted before the closing date of 31 July 2020. Before starting your application, please ensure that:
- you have read and understood the information below as well as the Student Housing Admission Policy (scroll down the page for the policy).
- Offers will be finalised based on Student Housing Admissions Policy, the number of applications received and available space estimated for returning students in 2021.
- The outcome of your application will be communicated to you by no later than 1 December 2020.
- A student who is or has been in the UCT residence system for the first time as an undergraduate, is permitted to remain in residence for a maximum of the degree duration (length of the qualification) for which the student is registered. Students who change academic programme or degree, the number of years already stayed in the residence will be taken into account.
- Undergraduate students who will be qualifying at the end of this year and intend pursuing postgraduate studies in 2020 must apply for housing with their academic application via the UCT online application facility.
- A student who is or has been in the UCT residence system for the first time as a postgraduate is permitted to remain in residence for a maximum of three years.
Allocation First Tier
- We allocate students to residences in order to achieve diversity in each of our residences.
- Students are permitted to remain in a 1st Tier residence for a maximum of two years, except those elected to serve on the House Committee or appointed as a subwarden, who may remain in a first tier residence during their year(s) of office.
- Health Sciences students are strongly advised to apply for a place in the designated residences viz. Carinus, Clarendon and Rochester houses to ensure minimal disruption to their academic programme timetable.
Second and Third Tiers
- Students entering a third year in residence are usually offered a space in Second Tier senior catering or self-catering accommodation
- In self-catering, priority is first given to students of that residence, eligible to return for another year, and then students transferring from other residences.
- Health Sciences students are strongly advised to apply for a place in the designated residences viz. Medical Residence, Meulenhof and Obz Square to ensure minimal disruption to their academic programme timetable.
- Postgraduate students are allocated to Third Tier and a limited number to Second Tier accommodation.
Submit all appeals, based on special circumstances, with a full motivation and supporting documents where appropriate, to the Student Housing Accommodation & Advocacy Services (SHAAS) office. The Independent Appeals Committee of Student Housing and Residence Life considers all appeals from students in residence.