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Plan your visit

Please refer to the course brochure for the venue of the particular course you will be attending. All information below is applicable for courses held on UCT Upper Campus. See map.

Directions to UCT

From Cape Town city via M3: If you are on the M3 travelling in the direction of Muizenberg, just beyond Mostert's Mill (windmill) on your left, take the Woolsack Drive/University of Cape Town turn-off (Exit 7 Rosebank – M89). For Upper Campus, turn right at the traffic lights on Woolsack Drive and go under the bridge and round a hairpin bend to the northern entrance of the campus.

From Main Road: If you are driving along Main Road, from either direction, you will need to turn from Main Road into Woolsack Drive (on the corner in front of the Baxter theatre) and then turn left at the traffic lights on Woolsack Drive for middle campus, or continue under the bridge and round the hairpin bend to upper campus.  

Visitors Reception and Information Centre

This is situated at the entrance to UCT Upper Campus, on the left just after the Sports Centre and you are required to stop here to arrange a temporary visitor parking permit, directions and campus maps. See centre on map (E10).


The University’s Jammie Shuttle Service is available to staff, students and visitors to UCT. You may need to show confirmation that you are attending a course or lectures at the university, such as an email of confirmation that you are attending a CPD course.

A scheduled service is available 7 days a week including a late night service. It operates between all residences, campuses and local public transport terminals.  

The North Stop on Upper Campus is the Jammie stop closest to the New EBE Building.

For information, see the Jammie routes and timetables or the UCT transport information page.

If you are using public transport, the closest metrorail station is Rosebank (Southern Line). For more information, see  MetroRail routes and  Cape Town train times. You can walk up to the Tugwell Residence on Main Road and catch the Jammie Shuttle from there.


On the first day of the course you will need to report to the UCT Visitors Reception and Information Centre where a temporary visitor parking permit may be obtained. See centre on map (E10). You may then park on campus in any unmarked or visitors bay, or where directed by the Visitors Centre staff. 

Parking fees: 

  • Monthly parking: R168
  • Weekly parking: R84
  • Daily parking: R22

Parking after 4pm is open and unregulated.

Course venue and times

In general, course venue information and timetables will be sent to you in the week before the course starts.


Depending on the course requirements, participants may also be set up as guests on the UCT Wi-Fi network. If this is the case, an email will be sent with access and security information.

Vula Access

Depending on the course requirements, participants may be set up as a participant on Vula, the UCT official online learning system. This is where additional course information and presentations will be made available. Participants will receive an email with instructions regarding password and access to this platform, so please follow the instructions in this email.

Security and Access Control

UCT Campus Protection Services (CPS) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CPS is committed to protecting the safety of the university community and its property, as well as maintaining order in accordance with university policy. They are there to help you at all times.

The CPS 24-hour hotline is 021 650 2222/3 (use the last four digits only if calling from a UCT extension)

Disability Services

UCT Disability Service works to remove any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential. It promotes the policy of equal opportunities adopted by the university. It assists the university to deal correctly and appropriately with disabled students, staff, prospective students, visiting academics and other visitors.

For further information and to arrange for support or special assistance, please contact the service directly on 021 650 2427 or visit the website.

Library Access

Special arrangements can be made for CPD students to use the UCT Chancellor Oppenheimer Library. You will be required to sign the guest register and present your ID document (with photograph) at library reception whenever you visit the library. There is an entrance fee of R60, but this allows for multiple entrances. You may use the Library's print materials and may have limited staff assistance, but have no borrowing privileges. See library opening hours

Access to smaller departmental libraries may be arranged by the administrators of the course you are attending.


For most courses, participants will be provided with lunch vouchers to use at a variety of food outlets on campus. 

Places to stay and things to do

For campus-related information, see the Visit UCT page, for information on Cape Town and beyond, the official  Cape Town Tourism page.