UCT's urgent appeal to property owners to offer affordable student digs

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has appealed to home owners in the Southern Suburbs, preferably in areas on the UCT Jammie Shuttle route between Observatory and Claremont, to help ease the current shortfall of accommodation.

The university says 6 700 students have been assisted with residence but an increasing number are still in need of affordable rentals in the region of R3000 to R4000 a month for a room.

The university has also urged property owners to consider waiving their deposits as many students find it difficult to access the funds needed.

We have about 6 700 beds but we have 27 000 students.

Prof. Loretta Feris ,Deputy vice-chancellor for transformation at UCT

What is important to understand is that UCT’s profile in terms of students has changed quite rapidly over the last few years.

Prof. Loretta Feris ,Deputy vice-chancellor for transformation at UCT

We have students from a socio-economic background where they need much more support financially. Government provides financial support and UCT...but that kind of financial support is not actually enough.

Prof. Loretta Feris ,Deputy vice-chancellor for transformation at UCT

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