- How will I get 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.
- What's the weather like?
Cape Town has a seasonal climate with spring, summer, autumn and winter. The weather here is quite similar to Southern Europe, with daytime temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius in summer and between 10 and 20 degrees in winter. Summer is usually hot and sunny and there are also warm, sunny days in winter, as well as some cooler, rainy ones.
- Is it expensive?
No – because the South African Rand (ZAR) is quite weak against other international currencies, Cape Town is a cheap place to visit for International visitors. Most students spend about ZAR500 to ZAR1000 a week if food is included in your accommodation.
- Are there places to go shopping?
Yes, plenty! The V&A Waterfront is a popular tourist attraction and offers the ultimate mall experience, while Canal Walk has over 400 stores. For a more authentic shopping experience there are also dozens of indoor and outdoor markets, and the city centre has everything from exclusive boutiques to tumbledown junk and antique shops.
- What about the nightlife?
Cape Town is famous for its vibrant nightlife, from hundreds of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world, to pubs, bars and all-night clubs, where students, tourists and locals all mingle together to give a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere.
- Is it safe?
Tourists who come to Cape Town generally agree that it is a safe and friendly place to visit. As long as you use common sense and follow the rules that apply to being in all big cities – like not walking home alone late at night – you will have a relaxed and hassle-free stay.
- Do I need a visa?
It depends – please see our separate Visa Information page
- Do I need medical insurance?
Yes, it is important that you arrange this in your home country before you leave. If you have general travel insurance, this will usually include medical insurance.