University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

1829 saw the birth of an institution that would change education in South Africa but nothing happens overnight. The South African College, which was a high school for boys was opened in 1929 in the Weeshuis on Long Street, Cape Town. In 1841 the school moved to the Egyptian Building which is located on what is now the University of Cape Town's Hiddingh Campus, in the Gardens district of Cape Town. It would be another 33 years before the College would be split into the University of Cape Town and the College Schools. The small tertiary institution grew exponentially shortly after 1880 with the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north which resulted in the demand for skills in mining as well as the financial boost it needed to grow.

The period between 1880 and 1900 saw some important changes to the University. With increased funding from private sources and the government the College was able to build its first dedicated science laboratories. The institute also started the departments of mineralogy and geology which met the needs for skilled personnel in the country's emerging diamond and gold-mining industries. But probably one of the biggest steps in the Universities history was when the Professor of Chemistry, Paul Daniel Hahn, convinced the Council to admit four women into his chemistry class on a trial basis in 1886. The women provided an exceptional standard of work and in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1887, the College decided to admit women students permanently. The following 20 years saw the establishment of the Medical School, the introduction of engineering courses and a Department of Education. UCT was formally established as a university in 1918.

In 1928, the university moved the bulk of its facilities to the magnificent site at Groote Schuur on the slopes of Devil's Peak where it celebrated its centenary the following year. Today the university has six different faculties which include Commerce, Engineering and the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, and Humanities and Science. Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and three Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

There are various campuses around Cape Town dealing with the different faculties. The main teaching campus, known as Upper Campus, is located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devil's Peak. The original Upper Campus buildings were built between 1928 and 1930 but many more have been added since then. This campus is also home to The Chancellor Oppenheimer library which holds the majority of the University's 1.3 million volume collection. The Middle and Lower Campuses are spread through the suburbs of Rondebosch, Rosebank and Mowbray and include a state of the art artificial grass soccer field has been approved by FIFA for training for World Cup teams. Hiddingh Campus in central Cape Town is home to the University's original building, now known as the Egyptian Building, which was built in the Egyptian Revival style. The only other campus built in this style was the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in the United States. The UCT Graduate School of Business is located on the Breakwater Lodge Campus at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. And lastly but probably most importantly is the Medical School campus which is next to the Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. Groote Schuur is also home to The Heart of Cape Town museum.

Accommodation Near University of Cape Town

Knightsbury Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

0.8km East of University of Cape Town

There are 4 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each is fitted with all the amenities necessary to making sure their guests' needs are attended to. The Knight's are an impressive double act at breakfast, which is indulgent with ...

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Sleeps: 300 in 30 units/rooms

Little Scotia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

0.9km East of University of Cape Town

Little Scotia offers 15 tastefully decorated guest rooms, each with en-suite bathroom. Amenities in each room are aimed at maximising convenience and comfort for the guest. An attractive pool area and well maintained gardens await you. Whether ...

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Sleeps: 13 in 5 units/rooms

Hame Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.0km South East of University of Cape Town

Hame Cottages offers self-catering accommodation at its best - all units have been tasetfully decorated and restored with modern conviniences and secure living close to city, V&A Waterfront, excellent restuarants and shopping.

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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms

Newlands Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.0km South East of University of Cape Town

Newlands Cottages consist of three attractively restored, self-catering cottages with small private gardens in the convenient Rondebosch area. Up to 14 guests can be accommodated.

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Sleeps: 4

Rondebosch Place

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.5km East of University of Cape Town

Rondebosch Place is a two bed-roomed, one bathroom self catering flat situated on the 5th floor in a secure apartment block in central Rondebosch with wonderful views, it is a spacious and light and bright flat.

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Sandown Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.8km East of University of Cape Town

Sandown Lodge is a charming 19th Century Georgian House, centrally situated in picturesque surroundings directly opposite Rondebosch Park.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Belvedere on Barkley

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.9km East of University of Cape Town

WELCOME to BELVEDERE ON BARKLEY, a lovely Victorian house in the exclusive Silwood area of Rondebosch. It has two upmarket self-catering units with mountain views and is centrally located with easy access to the N2, M3, N1 and M5. Ideal for...

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Koornhoop Manor House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Observatory

2.0km North of University of Cape Town

We're an owner-run guest house in the suburb of Observatory, Cape Town - below the towering Devil's Peak as it runs down to the Liesbeek River. We have 8 en-suite double and single rooms.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Mulberry House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.0km South East of University of Cape Town

Mulberry House is situated in the heart of Rondebosch with easy access to Cape Town Airport and the City centre freeway. It is walking distance to Newlands rugby and cricket grounds. Claremont shopping centre, Hospitals, the University and Kirsten...

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Acorn Tree - family accommodation sleeps 7

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newlands

2.1km South of University of Cape Town

Acorn Tree, family accommodation sleeps 7. All double bedrooms open onto the sunny, quiet private walled garden with wonderful mountain views. Gas and electric cooking facilities, dishwasher, microwave, tumble dryer, washing machine. Auto garage...

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