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Sport and societies

Sport clubs

UCT offers about 40 sport clubs, with a total membership of around 9 000 students and staff. So, this is a great opportunity to carry on with the sport you loved at school or to try your hand at something completely new.

Whether you’re interested in athletics, rugby, netball, soccer, archery or yachting, there will be something for you.

Sports and Recreation provides for all levels of competition from purely social programmes through to high-performance sport. Most clubs engage the services of top-level coaches, many of whom coach at provincial level.

UCT has a proud record of achievement both in the Western Province leagues and at national student tournaments. Each year the university produces a number of sport people who achieve the highest honour of representing South Africa.

Sport development and transformation are taken very seriously at UCT. Our students are actively engaged in promoting sport in our local communities and within their clubs on campus.

UCT’s sport facilities include an AstroTurf hockey facility, an indoor sports complex, and excellent tennis, squash, soccer, rugby and cricket facilities. Our rowing club is one of the best equipped university clubs in the country. In addition, UCT has access to a mountain near Ceres, an L26 keelboat and many sailing dinghies, an ocean-going dive boat, and a water-ski boat.

All of UCT’s clubs are keen to develop new members, so even if you’ve never tried a particular sport before, it’s well worth giving it a test drive. All the clubs are showcased on Jammie plaza during orientation week.

Sport scholarships

With an excellent record in a wide variety of sports, UCT continues attracting top sports people to the campus. If you have represented your country in any sport at a national schools or age-group level, you could be eligible for a UCT sports scholarship.

Eligible applicants must apply to Sports and Recreation to be considered for these awards.

Societies and organisations

There are more than 100 student societies and organisations at UCT, reflecting a wide range of interests, including academic, religious, cultural, social and political activities.

Membership of one of the societies allows students to enjoy activities on the university’s campuses that are not normally part of the academic curricula, and allows them to become part of a campus community that is stimulating and opens up new challenges and opportunities.

Each society is run by students and any current UCT student may be a member. Individual societies hold a number of events every year, including an AGM where the new leadership is elected for the following year.

Societies are partially funded by the university and partially by the subscription fees which some of the societies charge.

During the annual O-Week, student organisations showcase themselves on the Jameson plaza. Here students can sign-up with the societies that interest them.

IKhaya Day House

The iKhaya Day House is a newly refurbished common room, equipped with comfortable furnishings and a plasma screen television with DStv. Located in Leslie Social Sciences, the day house offers non-resident students more than just a place to relax between lectures and catch up on the cricket or daily soapies. It’s a place where non-resident students can be exposed to the full experience of the university life enjoyed by their counterparts in res.