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Travel, Accommodation and Safety


We will confirm our advised arrival dates for 2018 in due course. Generally speaking however, we advise students to arrive on the Friday or Saturday before the LSE-UCT July School begins, so that they have had time to settle in Cape Town and can attend registration and orientation on the Sunday before classes start.

Airport Welcome

LSE-UCT July School representatives will be available at Cape Town International Airport to welcome participants to Cape Town and to facilitate safe and reliable transport to their accommodation using available airport shuttle services. We will also pre-book shuttle services for July School participants on request (the cost of which will be borne by participants), and further information will be sent to participants once they have confirmed their place on the July School.

Travel within Cape Town

UCT’s Jammie Shuttle bus service is available to LSE-UCT July School participants, including links to UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in the Gardens area of central Cape Town, though a reduced service operates in July. Parking can also be arranged on campus if necessary - please email us if you would like to arrange this.

Departure Date

The LSE-UCT July School will end with examinations on the final Friday afternoon of the programme, followed by a farewell dinner that evening. Participants are advised to plan to leave Cape Town no earlier than that evening, and should note that examinations cannot be rescheduled.


As the LSE-UCT July School is an intensive academic programme, there are limited opportunities for sightseeing or tourist activities during the two weeks of the programme although some externally-organised trips will be offered to participants during the weekend which falls in the middle of the July School. Participants who are keen to see more of beautiful Cape Town, South Africa or other areas of the continent are strongly advised to schedule additional time into the end of their trip to accommodate this outside the dates of the programme. Once participants have confirmed their places on the July School and paid their tuition fees, they will be invited to a closed Facebook group for the 2018 cohort, which previous participants have found very useful when investigating accommodation options or planning group travel etc.

Useful websites include:

For information about Accommodation, please see the next tab in this section.


We are delighted to offer the options below for participants who are seeking accommodation in Cape Town. Please note, however, that there is no requirement for LSE-UCT July School participants to stay in any of these options, and participants are free to make their own arrangements.

Graça Machel Hall

The majority of previous participants on the LSE-UCT July School have opted to book accommodation in UCT’s secure and modern Graça Machel Hall residence on UCT’s lower campus, a ten minute walk or short campus bus ride from the LSE-UCT July School teaching buildings. A booking and payment form will be provided to all registered participants once they have paid their tuition fees to confirm their place on the programme. A limited number of rooms have been allocated to the July School, including some with disabled access, and accommodation can be booked at discounted rates for a limited period. Any bookings made after the advertised date will be subject to availability and may be at higher rates.

Accommodation is in single or twin rooms, within single-sex flats shared by up to eight people. Each flat has a shared bathroom and kitchenette/ lounge/study area. There are no self-catering facilities in the residence, but a number of catering options are available on and near the UCT campus. Wifi internet is available in all rooms.

The information below relates to non-UCT accommodation which students can book directly should they so wish.

Fritz Hotel

This is small hotel/bed and breakfast close to UCT's Hiddingh campus which offers participants on the LSE-UCT July School a discount of 20%, reducing the cost of rooms to between R500 to R600 (approximately £30 - £36) per night for a single or double room. Participants simply need to quote the LSE UCT School programme when booking in order to obtain the discounted rate.

Fritz Hotel is located two minutes’ walk from UCT's Hiddingh Campus (from where students can take UCT's free Jammie Shuttle to/from the campus) and the very popular Kloof Street (populated with restaurants and shops) and five minutes’ walk from Long Street (especially popular for nightlife).As the Fritz Hotel is small with a limited number of rooms, participants who wish to stay here are recommended to book early.

The Garden Centre Apartments

This accommodation currently offers 16 self-catering studio apartments for the duration of the July School. The cost of these apartments is usually R650 (approximately £39) per night. There is no special LSE-UCT July School discount, but participants may qualify for a discount rate given the length of their stays - particpants should discuss this directly with the Garden Centre Apartments when making any bookings.

The Garden Centre Apartments are located above the Gardens Shopping Centre offering city or mountain views in the heart of Cape Town, with everything close at hand. The location is about ten minutes' walk from Hiddingh Campus (from where students can take UCT's free Jammie Shuttle to/from the campus).

Participants are advised to consider transport options, personal security and facilities for personal study when choosing accommodation. In addition to the Jammie Shuttle (more details provided on the 'Transportation' tab of this webpage), parking can also be arranged on campus if necessary. Please email us with any parking requirements in advance of the July School. Please also note that accommodation is not included in the LSE-UCT July School tuition fee, and all costs are approximate, with currency conversions calculated on 19th January 2017.

For information about Healthcare, Insurance and Safety, please see the next tab in this section. 

Health care

South Africa has an excellent, modern health system, with facilities and services meeting high international standards. UCT also maintains an on-campus health centre known as the Student Wellness Service for registered July School participants where there is no fee for visits to nurse-practitioners, although participants are charged for appointments with doctors and other specialists. All staff members are qualified and accredited practitioners with a licence to dispense medication.

Cape Town also has a Mediterranean climate and is therefore not susceptible to tropical diseases. However, if you are planning to explore Africa more widely, please seek advice from a medical practitioner prior to travelling.

We will provide further information about healthcare in the pre-departure guide we issue to participants from around the end of April. This will include relevant contact information and details for emergency care, and further information will also be provided during the orientation.


Please note that the LSE-UCT July School does not provide any health or personal insurance cover on your behalf, and no personal insurance cover is provided through any accommodation arranged.

As such, please ensure that you arrange suitable health and personal insurance cover for the whole period that you will be in South Africa as soon as you confirm your place on the programme, and that it is sufficient to cover any theft or medical emergency which may arise. Copies of this insurance documentation may be lodged with the LSE-UCT July School office on arrival, in case a need to consult them arises. 


Like any big city throughout the world, Cape Town has its share of crime although some simple precautions can minimise the likelihood of any problems arising. The LSE-UCT July School staff will provide safety advice as part of our programme orientation both before and after arrival in Cape Town, and all participants are urged to follow this advice carefully.

While problems are rare, it is the responsibility of all participants to keep the LSE-UCT July School Office and their family and friends at home informed of their address and contact details throughout the LSE-UCT July School, in case of any unlikely emergency.

Please note that the LSE-UCT July School cannot be held responsible for theft, loss or injury to participants.






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