- Is the residence located close to the school?
Yes, the residence is located very close to the school. It is about 15 minutes walking distance.
- Is there a half board (catering) option at the residence?
No, the residence is completely self-catering. There is a shared kitchen and communal social area.
- Will I be sharing a room?
No, there is no sharing allowed at the residence. Each student has their own private bedroom with a bed, desk, chair, cupboard, television and fridge.
- Will I be sharing a bathroom?
Yes, there is one bathroom for every four students.
- What is included in the room rental, and what must I supply myself?
Bed linen, blankets, pillows, plates and cutlery are provided to each student. You will need to bring your own towel. Although we do provide an extra warm blanket in winter, you may want to bring your own warmer blanket in the colder months if you prefer.
- How will I wash my clothes?
There is a laundry service provided on-site. Laundry is charged per load and you need to drop off your washing in the morning, before class.
- Are the rooms serviced (cleaned)?
Rooms are cleaned once a week and the bedding is changed every two weeks. There is also cleaning equipment available for your own use.
- Is there wifi (internet) at the residence?
Yes, there is free, uncapped WiFi.
- Is the residence for ELC students only?
Yes, it is.
- Is there a garden at the residence?
Yes, there is an outside space with a social area and braai (barbecue) facilities and a wonderful view of table mountain.
- Is the residence located close to banks, shops, restaurants, etc.?
Yes, it is very central and only a few minutes’ walk to everything you need.
- Can I have visitors at the residence?
You are allowed to have one visitor at a time between 9am and 11pm. Visitors are not allowed to stay over and they are required to leave the house with you if you go out.
- Can I have a guest sleep over at the residence?
All rooms are single so unfortunately it is not possible to have guests overnight.
- What is the alcohol policy at the student residence?
The residence has a strict no alcohol and no smoking indoors policy.
- What happens if people contravene the residence policies?
Depending on the gravity of the contravention, students will either be fined (the amounts differ according to the type of contravention) or, for something serious, students can face eviction with no refund.
- What are the rooms like and the residence in general?
The rooms are clean, bright and well appointed, and many of the rooms have views of the city and Table Mountain. As a student residence, it is important to bear in mind that this is not a luxury 5-star hotel. Students are reminded to clean after themselves, be mindful with noise disturbances, bring their own toiletries such as soap/ shampoo/ toothbrush/ toothpaste/toilet paper etc.
- Can I drink water from the tap?
Yes, you can drink the water in Cape Town from a tap.
- How much will food and other grocery shopping items cost me?
For cost of living information please see our cost of living guide.
- What is homestay accommodation ?
Homestay accommodation means staying in a home (apartment or house) with a local South African host mother or family.
- Will I have my own room or will I be sharing a room ?
This depends on the option you choose. You can choose to share a bedroom with another student, or you can choose your own bedroom. We generally put ELC students in their own rooms. The various options are price dependent.
- Will I have my own bathroom or will I share a bathroom?
Again, this will depend on what you would like. There are more expensive options which will include a private bathroom, while the more standard options will generally mean sharing a bathroom either with the family or with others.
- What is included in the price when I stay with a host family?
Use of all common areas and television, electricity, water, light breakfast and dinner with the family/ host mother daily, fresh linen on a weekly basis and your own key to the house.
- Are there are other students staying in the same homestay or will I be the only student?
Yes, in some houses / large apartments there are other international students and sometimes other language schools. If you do not wish to share with other students, then this is something you can specifically request.
- Are the homestays located close to the school?
Some homes will be closer to the school than others. Those situated in the colourful and historical Bokaap are located in the city centre and about 15 minutes walking distance to the school. Homes situated closer to the sea and waterfront are about 10-15km away and students will need to take a short bus ride to school and back home every day.
- Where will I be able to do my laundry?
Some hosts will do a load of washing a week for you. Other hosts will direct you to a laundromat nearby.
- What transport options are available if I don’t stay within walking distance to the school ?
You can either catch the MyCiti bus, Uber (which is very cheap in South Africa) or, depending on where you are located, you may even be able to use the University’s free bus service which drives between university campuses.
- Will I have access to the internet?
Yes, hosts provide WIFI. However, please note that wifi speed and connection in South Africa is not as fast as you may be accustomed to in other countries.
- What if I don’t feel at home with my host family?
Your comfort is our priority and in the first week we check that you are happy with your Homestay or we arrange a new host for you to stay with.
- Will my room be cleaned for me?
You need to keep your room tidy.
The host will keep the house clean and may have a cleaner working once or twice a week. You can give permission for the cleaner to clean your room or not.
If you would prefer to live more independently, or if you are coming as a couple or family, the UCT English Language Centre can arrange the booking of private apartments for the duration of your stay in Cape Town.