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Travel, Accommodation and Safety


Please note that accommodation is not included in the LSE-UCT July School tuition fee.

Participants on the 2016 LSE-UCT July School are able to book accommodation in UCT’s secure and modern Graca 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, including some with disabled access, and accommodation can be booked at discounted rates until 10 June 2015. Any bookings made after that 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.  Wifi internet is available in all rooms.   Breakfast and dinner can also be booked at the residence. There are no self-catering facilities in the residence, but a number of catering options on and near the UCT campus.

The special accommodation rates will be approximately £15 per person per night room only, or approximately £20 per person per night with dinner and breakfast included.

There is no requirement for LSE-UCT July School participants to stay in UCT accommodation, and many choose to make alternative arrangements to fit their budget and personal circumstances.

Participants are advised to consider transport options, personal security and facilities for personal study when choosing accommodation.  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 be arranged on campus if necessary.


Registration for the LSE-UCT July School takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 26 June on the UCT campus. Participants are advised to arrive in Cape Town by Saturday 25 June at the latest, and are advised to give themselves sufficient opportunity to acclimatise to the location and the time zone prior to starting their study. 

LSE-UCT July School representatives will be available at Cape Town International Airport between 8h00 and 17h00 on Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June, to welcome participants to Cape Town, and to facilitate safe and reliable transport to their accommodation using available airport shuttle services. Please note that participants arriving outside of these times will need to make their own transport arrangements. Please note that the use of these shuttle services will be to the students' own account.

The LSE-UCT July School will end with examinations on the afternoon of Friday 8 July, and 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. Participants who are keen to see more of Cape Town, South Africa or other areas of the continent are strongly advised to schedule additional time into their trip to accommodate this outside the dates of the programme.

Safety and personal security

Personal vigilance is key to remaining safe in South Africa. Like any big city throughout the world, Cape Town has its share of crime. The LSE-UCT July School staff will provide detailed safety advice before and after arrival in Cape Town, and all participants are urged to consider it carefully. 

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.

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

Health care

South Africa has an excellent, modern health system, with facilities and services meeting high international standards. UCT maintains an on-campus health service, the Student Wellness Centre, for registered students where there is no fee for visits to nurse-practitioners, but students are charged for appointments with doctors and other specialists.

Cape Town 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.

Health and personal insurance

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.

Please ensure that you have health and personal insurance cover that is sufficient for the whole period that you will be in South Africa, and 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.