UCT Residence, Student Housing & Residence Life at UCT strives to ensure that a living and learning environment is the foundation of its residence culture.
Every effort is made to ensure that students’ residence life experience will foster their holistic development as well as being fully supportive of their academic programme.
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.
A residence is a community in which one meets a range of diverse students and forges life-long friendships.
How residences are organised
All first- and second-tier residences have a warden who lives on site, and some of the larger residences also have assistant wardens. These residences also have elected student governing bodies called house committees. The house committee with the warden, share responsibility for the academic and social needs and interests of students.
Wardens, together with house committees, carry responsibility for residence students and aim, with their co-operation, to create friendly and comfortable environments in which students are able to pursue their academic objectives and to achieve personal growth.
Wardens take an interest in students’ ideas and issues and, together with the house committees, are involved in the planning and organisation of residence life.
Wardens, along with the house committees of their residences, have a responsibility to see that the rules of the residence and of the university are observed. Wardens, sub-wardens, and disciplinary committees made up of students from the residence are responsible for dealing with those students who break the rules.
Wardens act as guardians, in the strict legal sense, to all minor students in the residence in the event of an emergency. However, wardens may not stand surety for loan and bursary applications.
House committees organise numerous activities throughout the year in order to maintain a balanced residence experience.
Informal tutoring by senior students is also available in most subjects. Many residences operate a mentoring system for new students, and peer helpers are available as a first port of call for emotional, personal or academic difficulties.
House committees, sub-wardens, peer helpers, tutors and mentors all undergo extensive life-skills training from the residence development officers that enable them to help and counsel students with problems.
Each residence has a Residence Facilities Officer who ensures that the rooms are properly maintained, and that keys, telephones, laundries, and other essentials for comfortable living are available and in working order. Larger residences also have receptionists during the day to deal with telephone calls, mail and general enquiries.
Residences also have a number of sub-wardens who are students appointed by UCT to assist the warden in the evenings and over weekends. The sub-wardens share a duty roster so that there is always someone on call to handle problems which may arise.
All third-tier residences are managed by the third-tier Residence Facilities Officer who has the responsibility of seeing that the rules of the university are observed and there is a good community life in the houses and flats.
Every third-tier residence has a residence co-ordinator who are students appointed by UCT to assist the Residence Facilities Officer. They ensure that the houses and flats are properly maintained and that keys, furniture, laundries, and other essentials for comfortable living are available and in working order.
Third-tier students operate more independently. This sector therefore operates without the involvement of the warden or a house committee. Third-tier students can establish a Voluntary Tenants Association. Students will have access to student health and student counselling services provided by the university should the need arise for such services.
The House Committee of a residence is responsible for making the best use of its annual budget. All events, such as Orientation Week and the annual formal, are handled by House Committees or its sub-committees, as are capital expenditure projects such as the purchase of furniture or computers.
The Head Student, along with a Deputy Head Student assisting, oversees this function.
House Committees consist of:
- Head Student
- Deputy Head Student
- General Secretary
- Green Campus Initiative
- RAG and Charity
- Development Committee
- Small Events Sub-Committee
- Green Committee
- Entertainment Sub-Com
Apply for student housing as part of your UCT application for admission. This means that your application must be submitted by 30 September , and no late applications will be considered. Should your application be successful, you will be allocated to a particular residence.
Housing eligibility criteria for first-time entering undergraduates: first-tier student accommodation
There are limited places in residence and these are awarded to applicants on the basis of criteria described below. Meeting some of these criteria will prioritise you an offer of accommodation, while others may only make you eligible for an offer. Further information about the criteria in each of these categories is provided below.
- Minimum criteria for an offer of student housingIn order to be considered for an offer of student housing, you must have:
a. applied for student housing in your UCT application, or amended your application to include an application for student housing no later than 30 September;
b. been made an offer (conditional or firm) of admission, at any time, for the 2019 academic year.
- Criteria for a prioritised place in student housingIf you meet the minimum criteria, as well as any of the criteria listed below, you will be prioritised an offer of student accommodation for 2019:
a. you must have applied for financial aid, and must be assessed as eligible for an award; or
b. as a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) applicant, you must have achieved an Admissions Point Score of 540 out of 600, for two interim examinations, or only in your final grade 12 examination; or
c. you will be younger than 18 years of age on 1 February 2019; or
d. you require student accommodation urgently for reasons of incapacity. Such an application must be accompanied by the necessary supporting documentation, which apart from your application for accommodation, must be sent direct to the Director: Student Housing & Residence Life.
- Criteria for eligibility for student housingIn addition to the criteria which may guarantee you a place in residence there are several other ways in which you may be eligible for a place. Meeting the criteria below does not prioritise an offer of student housing:
a. Faculty merit: you may be considered in this category if
i. you are academically strong and narrowly miss the priority of admission cut-off of 540 out of 600 for NSC applicants; or
ii. you are academically strong and not doing the National Senior Certificate; or
iii. you are an international applicant
b. Redress: you may be considered in this category if you are part of a designated group as defined in the Admissions Policy.
c. Specific programmes: some faculties set aside offers for applicants who will apply and register for particular programmes. These programmes include:
i. BSc Geomatics and
ii. Performing Arts programmes: Music and Drama in the Faculty of Humanities
These offers may be made throughout the application cycle. If you have not yet been made an offer by the end of October 2018, even though you may still be made an offer as late as January 2019, we advise you to seek an off-campus accommodation. Please contact our Off-Campus Student Accommodation Services (OCSAS) office for assistance at 021 650 4934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any general queries about student housing offers, please contact 021 650 2977 or email@example.com.