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.
UCT Thursdays is a group of students who promote events held on Jammie Plaza. These Thursday events form a integral part of student life on campus, showcasing student talent, and open up the venue to product promotions, live performances and other entertainment events over Thursday meridians.
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.
Black Law Students' Forum
Education Development Unit Student Organisation
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Organisational Psychology Students' Society
South African Medical Students' Association
South African Space Association
UCT Marketing Association
Waiting Room Education for Medical Students
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 (Acts)
Anglican Students' Society
Campus for Christ
Christian Medical Fellowship
Church of Christ
Church on Main
Deeper Life Fellowship
Hindu Students' Society
Love Your Neighbour
Muslim Students' Association
New Apostolic Church Students
Redeemed Christian Church
Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement
Society for Bhuddism in Action
South African Union of Jewish Students
Student Christian Fellowship
Trees of Life Multiracial Church
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
Botswana Students' Association
East African Students' Association
Hellenic Students' Association
Lesotho Students' Association
Malawi Students' Society
Namibian Students' Organisation
Nigerian Students' Society
Republic of China Students' Association
Swazi Students' 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
United Nations Association of SA
Young Communist League
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
DJ's Production Society Engineers without Borders
Genshiken.UCT Anime Club
Golden Future Project
Green Campus Initiative
Habitat For Humanity
History and Current Affairs Society
Impilo Students' Society
Professional Women's Network
Rural Support Network
Students in Free Enterprise
Students for Law and Social Justice
Students for Life
UCT Choir for Africa
UCT Consulting Club
Wine and Cultural Society
How to join a society at UCT
Students can become members of societies throughout the academic year, though during the annual O-week the student organsations show case 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 Shannon Bernhardt to sign up with a society or get more information.