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 ISSO Arrival


Arriving in a foreign country to commence an a
cademic programme at

an Institution you have never visited before can be daunting regardless

of how prestigious the Institution. At the University of the Western Cape, we understand that there are numerous barriers for International  Students to traverse in order to function optimally in their new environment.The Internationa​l Student Services Office seeks to support you as you adjust to your new environment. The following information  and services aim to make your transition to life in Cape Town at the University of the Western Cape as comfortable as possible.


UWC Campus Map 

Since the UWC campus may be new to you , the map here below will help you get to where you need to be. Campus Map
UWC Residence 
Residence is an important consideration before departing for Cape Town, South Africa. If you have applied for University Accommodation, the UWC Residential Services will deal with this application in a seperate process. Please be aware that due to limited space within UWC Residences, acceptance into residences is not guaranteed.
More information about UWC Residence may be found by clicking UWC RESIDENCE​. All enquiries regarding your residence application may be directed to one of the following contacts: 
Phone: +27 21 959 2569​
Fax: +27 21 959 2671
Email: or 
Alternatively, applicants may apply to KOVACS UWC Student Village or Campus. This is privately managed accommodation through a Public/Private partnership and this a seperate application will need to be submitted. More information about Kovacs accommodation may be found by clicking KOVACS​All enquiries regarding your residence application may be directed to one of the following contacts: 

Phone: +27 21 959 9500/02 
Shuttle Services
HG Shuttle Services is the preferred service provider of the UWC for transport service in and around Cape Town. Visit the following link in order to make a booking: BOOKING
  • The University accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with your booking.
  • While UWC recommends this service it will not be held liable for any loss or damage incurred while booking or utilizing these services.​ 

​Staying safe in Cape Town

​​​​​​​​Like any other City in the World, Cape Town is not without its own criminal elements. Guests to this iconic city would be well advised to take every reasonable precaution to avoid falling victim to crime. The following webpage is particularlyhelpful in guiding the guest to Cape Town around typical safety precautions when in and around the City​:

View Safety Map of C​ape Town ​

In addition the following Generic Safety Precautions are recommended:

  • Keep your passport and other important documents in a safe place. Entrust certified copies of these documents to someone before departure for Cape Town. 
  • Avoid travelling with large amounts of money. Use your Credit Card / Travelers Cheques. 
  • Avoid dark, isolated areas. 
  • Whenever it cannot be avoided, travelling in groups is encouraged. 
  • Wherever possible, ensure that valuables are kept out of plain sight and in reasonable proximity to yourself.
  • The following contact numbers are useful in the even of an emergency

Emergency Helpline National Ambulance and Fire

Phone: 107 (Land Lines and Payphones) Phone: 10 177 (Land Line and Payphone)

Phone: 021 480 7700 (Mobile)

Child Emergency Mountain Rescue

Phone: 0800 123 123 Phone: +27 21 948 9900

National Police Emergency Helpline National Sea Rescue - Cape Town

Phone: 10 111 (Land Lines and Payphones) Phone: +27 21 449 3500​

Phone: 112 (Mobile)


Cost of Living in Cape Town

The following sites should provide some idea of the estimated costs associated with your stay in Cape Town. While every precaution has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these 2016 estimations, please allow for some variance. This is by no means an exhaustive list of expenses during your stay in Cape Town, please expect that there may costs associated with your stay that are not included in this list :

​Should you require an estimated cost for items not included in these lists, please contact the International Student Services Office.


ISSO Buddy

The ISSO Buddy Programme is the University's attempt at supporting those new to the University of the Western Cape through connecting them with Senior International Students at the Institution in order to help them adjust to their new surroundings with as little difficulty as possible.

Request and ISSO Buddy by clicking HERE.

Apply to be an ISSO Buddy by clicking HERE




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