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Student Societies & 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.

Each society is run by students and any student may be a member. Societies hold a number of events every year including an AGM where the new leadership is elected for the New Year.

Each society is partially funded by the University and partially by subscription fees which the societies charge.

The societies allow students to enjoy activities on the University that are not normally part of the academic curricula. Societies allow students to enjoy being part of a community on campus that is stimulating and opens up new challenges and opportunities for them.


These societies are organisations whose primary aim is either to enhance the learning and understanding of students at UCT or to bring students in contact with the leaders in their field of studies. Many of these societies hold seminars on various topics and bring industry leaders to UCT while others concentrate on community development programmes.

Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals
Association of Built Environment Students
Biological Society
Black Law Students' Forum
Education Development Unit Student Organisation
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Organisational Psychology Students' Society
Psychology Society
South African Medical Students' Association
Space and Astronomy Association
Surgical Society
UCT Marketing Association
UCT Mathematics Society


This constitutes one of the largest sectors, representing almost all major religious beliefs, doctrines and denominations. Many of these societies have ties with local religious structures. Although UCT is a secular campus, it makes the attempt to accommodate everyone and allow them to exercise their beliefs freely without interfering with the academic programme and other faiths.

Acts Kolbe Catholic Society
Anglican Students' Society
Believers' Loveworld
Christian Medical Fellowship
Christian Revival Church
Church on Main
Deeper Life Fellowship
Hillsong Church
Hindu Students' Society
His People
Jubilee Students
Muslim Students' Association
Rapha Fellowship Centre
Redeemed Christian Church
Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement
Shofar Church
South African Union of Jewish Students
Student Christian Fellowship
Student YMCA
Trees of Life Multiracial Church
UCT Baha'i Society
Wesley Guild Methodist Society
World Mission Society Church of God
Zion Christian Student Fellowship


These societies largely represent national and cultural interests. However, membership is not drawn exclusively from the relevant countries. These societies mainly aim to broaden students exposure to the cultural dynamism of UCT.

Abantu Zambian Society
Congolese Society
East African Students' Association
Ghana Society
Hellenic Students' Association
Lesotho Students' Association
Malawi Students' Society
Namibian Students' Organisation
Nigerian Students' Society
Republic of China Students' Association
Swazi Students' Society
Zimbabwe Society


These organisations represent a group of national and international political organisations. Their activities include attending national gatherings, and inviting politicians and scholars to speak at meetings.

ANC Youth League
Democratic Alliance Students' Organisation
Palestinian Solidarity Forum
South African Students' Congress
The Collective
United Nations Association of SA

Special interest

This group of societies represent a broad range of groups from special interest and civil society groups to social and wellness groups. These societies open up huge opportunities to experience and enjoy new activities at UCT.

Art of Living Hartha Yoga Society
Ballroom and Latin Dancing Society
Bhakti Yoga Society
Black Management Forum
Cape Legion of Adventurers and War Gamers
Cape Town Globalist
Debating Union
DJ's Production Society
Engineers without Borders
Equal Education
Film Society
Free Society Institute UCT Chapter (FSI)
Golden Future Project
Habitat For Humanity
Hip-hop Club
History and Current Affairs Society
Investment Society
Photographic Society
Rural Support Network
Students for Law and Social Justice
Students for Life
UCT African Choral
UCT Choir
UCT Consulting Club
We Are Animals
Wine and Cultural Society

How to join a society at UCT

Students can become members of societies throughout the academic year. During the annual O-week the student organsations showcase themselves on the Jameson Plaza. Here students can sign-up with the societies that interest them and they can either have the subscription fees charged to their student accounts or pay cash to the cashiers in the Steve Biko Students' Union.

If students miss the O-week sign up period they can come to the Societies Helpdesk on Level 5, Steve Biko Students' Union or contact Societies to sign up with a society or get more information. Students may join societies throughout the year and may pay through their fee accounts until 30 April or alternatively can pay cash at the Student Treasury on Level 5, Steve Biko Students' Union.

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Societies Helpdesk
Level 5
Steve Biko Students' Union

Tel: 021 650 3541


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