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UCT's Residence System

What to bring

All student rooms in residences, houses and flats are equipped with basic furniture - a bed, mattress, cupboard, desk, chair, bookcase, wastepaper bin, curtains and notice board. No sheets, blankets, pillows or towels are provided.

Catering residence

On arrival please bring four passport photographs, which are needed for meal tickets, your card with personal details and sometimes for orientation.

Do not bring extra furniture, but do bring your own bedding (duvet, duvet cover, sheet, pillow, pillow case) and towels. You must also bring a strong padlock for your door (a 40 mm Viro or Cisa with at least two keys is recommended). In addition, you may like to bring a desk lamp (essential), rug, coffee mugs, radio, plants, cushions, or anything that will make you feel at home. Posters for your walls also help.

Centralised laundry facilities are also available in most residences and are managed by the house committee. A system of compulsory laundry levies or a coin or token system is employed.

Limited housekeeping services are provided in all junior and senior catering residences. All the public areas and bathrooms are cleaned daily. Students make their own beds and should keep their rooms clean. Electrical cleaning equipment (polishers and vacuum cleaners), chemicals, mops, buckets, brooms etc are available from the Residence Facilities Officer.

Students may not keep pets in any university residence, house or flat.

You might also like to bring a heater, radio, portable television, an iron, pictures, cushions, pot plants etc.

Please note the rules that apply to the use of electrical appliances in residences (see details in the General Application Booklet and also in Handbook 3, General Rules & Policies).

You are expected to read the residence rule book and dining hall rules. Ignorance of these rules is no excuse if they are broken. You are also advised to bring a torch in case of a power cut. Candles are not permitted as they pose a serious fire hazard.

Self-catering residence (Tiers 2 & 3)

All student rooms in residences, houses and flats are equipped with basic furniture - a bed, mattress, cupboard, desk, chair, bookcase, wastepaper bin, curtains, and notice board. No sheets, blankets, pillows or towels are provided.

Self-catering residence kitchens are equipped with fridges, stoves and cupboards.

On arrival please bring one passport photograph, which is needed for your card with personal details.

Do not bring extra furniture, but do bring your own bedding (duvet, duvet cover, sheets, blanket, pillow, pillow-case) and towels. You must also bring a strong padlock for your door (a 40 mm Viro or Cisa with at least two keys is recommended). In addition, you may like to bring a personal computer, a desk lamp (essential), rug, kitchen utensils e.g. pots, plates, kettle, toaster, etc. Other items such as buckets, brooms, dust pans, dusters, dishcloths etc are not provided.

Students may not keep pets in any UCT residence, house or flat.

Please note the rules that apply to the use of electrical appliances in residences (see details in the General Application Booklet and also in Handbook 3, General Rules & Policies).

You are expected to read the residence rule book and dining hall rules. Ignorance of these rules is no excuse if they are broken. You are also advised to bring a torch in case of a power cut. Candles are not permitted as they pose a serious fire hazard.

Important to note the following:

  • You may not use an electrical appliance which draws more than 1 kilo watt of power.
  • You may only use a microwave oven in the kitchen
  • The limited storage space means that you will only be allowed to store a limited number of boxes.

You are also required to clear your room of all possessions at the end of the year.

Late arrival in residence

Late arrival in residence i.e. once the residence opens for the term is generally discouraged. If you are in the precarious position of having accepted housing, and you are unable to take up that place within the designated time, you will have to request an extension via the Student Accommodation Office. There is no guarantee that your place will be reserved indefinitely.