Student Orientation and Advocacy Centre
The Student Orientation and Advocacy Centre" (SOAC) is a student-run walk-in one-stop advice and referral centre. The SOAC deals with students' needs and queries, ranging from giving directions in finding offices, buildings, people and venues on the campus to curriculum advice and referrals to other services offered by the Student Development and Services Department. It provides access to printed information such as brochures, pamphlets, forms, notices, hand books and other university publications, and assistance in using these.
The Student Information and Orientation Centre is located on Level 2, Otto Beit Student Union, University Avenue, Upper Campus. Tel:
There are many libraries on campus. UCT's Main Library forms a U-shape around Jameson Hall on the upper campus. The Law library is located on the 2nd Floor, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus. There are also branch libraries for special subjects. Consult the Libraries' home page for all kinds of services and a sense of the range of resources available. Undergraduates may borrow up to six items at a time and postgraduates up to 12. Your student card doubles as your library card, and you can also use it to make photocopies in all libraries.
UCT aims to ensure that each and every one of its students is effectively computer-literate. There are a number of computer laboratories situated at various venues within faculties. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, except when computer labs are booked for specific teaching sessions or exams.
The UCT bookshop UCT Campus Store sells academic books for all faculties, including second-hand books. It also sells a range of stationery, cards, posters, newspapers and magazines, and customised book bags and clothing with the UCT logo. There are also several bookshops located on Rondebosch Main Road that sell academic books.
Your safety is our concern. Personal vigilance is the key to remaining safe. Like all big cities around the world, Cape Town has its share of crime. You will hear about safety advice during the IAPO orientation. We urge you to listen carefully and to read all the materials that will be distributed to you. It is your responsibility to learn which actions and areas are safe and which may put you at risk. If you are unsure about a situation or activity, ask someone in a position to evaluate the level of safety. It is your responsibility to keep your faculty, family and friends at home informed of your address and contact details throughout your stay in Cape Town.
UCT's Campus Protection Services (CPS) is responsible for the investigation of crime, the prevention of fire, crime awareness and prevention, and safety at UCT.
Student health service
South Africa has a modern, excellent health system. UCT maintains a student wellness service for registered students. The unit provides a range of services that include consultations with nursing sisters and doctors. If you are not receiving financial aid, you will be charged medical aid rates for consultations and procedures. Certain services are free of charge.
Students make many personal decisions and solve many problems through discussions with friends, family or faculty members. There are times, however, when it is preferable to seek confidential and professional help in an environment which is both separate from those mentioned above, and yet where student life and the university are understood. The UCT student psychological service was set up to meet such a need.
An interfaith chapel is situated in the Students' Union Building, Upper Campus. It provides separate facilities for Christian, Jewish and Muslim worship. Certain student religious societies use the chapel for services on a regular basis.
This unit promotes access for disabled staff and students and offers a range of services, including offering help if you are battling with concentration, dyslexia, chronic illness or psychological disability.