View from the Yellow House balcony
View from the balcony at the Yellow House - our student accommodation

Our Accommodation

 Student Accommodation

Your living arrangements are an important consideration when planning your trip to Cape Town.  ELC offers various accommodation options, or we can help you find your own private housing if you prefer.

Our Student Residence, known as the Yellow House, is a popular choice with our young adult students.  Located in historic Bokaap, the Yellow House is perfect if you want to live independently, and mingle with other students from all over the world.

Students who want to gain more of an insight into South African life and culture can choose to stay with a local family in Homestay Accommodation.  Homestay gives you an opportunity to practice English with native speakers in a real life environment.

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Kitchen in the Yellow House

The Yellow House

Our main student residence is located in Bokaap, one of the oldest and most historic areas of Cape Town, and has amazing views over Cape Town, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. You will be staying in the heart of one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town, with picturesque, brightly painted terraced houses and a captivating and exotic ambiance.

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Staying with a homestay family is a wonderful way to develop your English outside of the classroom. This language-immersion experience provides the opportunity to hear and use natural English through real conversations.  We work with the best Cape Town hosts to provide comfortable accommodation and an enjoyable stay.

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Private Rental

If you would prefer to be more independent or are travelling with family members, you may prefer to stay in private rental accommodation.  For a short stay of up to two months, you can check online short term rental platforms such as and Airbnb.  For longer stays, you would need to sign a lease on a property.  Please get in touch with us if you are considering private rental accommodation so we can guide you in terms of cost and location.

Getting Around

Cape Town has a cheap and efficient bus service, the MyCiTi bus, which covers most of the city and many of the locals also get around using privately-run minibus taxis. There’s also a train network for travelling further afield, and the University runs its own private bus service, the Jammie Shuttle, which connects the campuses and student residences.  Many students also use e-hailing services, such as Uber, which are relatively cheap in South Africa.

Eating Out

Cape Town is a treat for food-lovers, with one of the most vibrant and diverse restaurant scenes in the world.  Whether you are looking for beach cafés with a view of the sea, sidewalk coffee shops, fine dining restaurants, neighbourhood pizza joints, buzzing cocktail spots or hipster hangouts, there is something for everyone’s tastes.  And if you are here in summer, make sure you go to a Braai – South Africa’s national pastime!


Cape Town has all the international shopping brands you would expect from a global hub that links Africa to the rest of the world.  The V & A Waterfront shopping mall is considered one of the city’s top tourist attractions, or for a more authentic experience you can check out the local traders on Long Street and Greenmarket Square.  For everyday groceries, there are four big supermarket chains at different price points.

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