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Money matters UCT, Cape Town

Tuition fees

  • SSA students who apply independently (SSA individuals): $7 140 per semester.
  •  Students coming through a partner university with which we have an exchange agreement which includes a waiver of tuition fees: $220 per semester.
  •  Students coming through centrally billed programmes such as those offered by study-abroad provider organisations: fees vary and are paid directly by the partner to UCT.


Living costs

Cape Town is one of the most affordable destinations in the world: it was recently ranked as having the second lowest cost of living for expatriates globally (Mercer 2018 Cost of Living Rankings).

Below is a table of approximate costs of living in Cape Town. The exchange rate in the table below is calculated at R13 to the dollar. Please do be sure to check the current exchange rate before you work out your own budget – and bear in mind that the South African Rand is subject to fairly wide exchange rate fluctuations. All amounts listed are estimates, and of course your expenses will depend largely on your lifestyle while in Cape Town – including whether you wish to travel around our beautiful country or to our neighbouring states, such as Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe or Botswana.


Rand cost per month

Dollar-cost per month

Semester total


ZAR 4 000 308 USD 1 540 USD


ZAR 6 500 500 USD 2 500 USD

Books & Stationery

ZAR 3500      270 USD


ZAR 1 500 115 USD     575 USD

Spending money

ZAR 1 500 115 USD     575 USD

Living costs

ZAR 2 500 192 USD     960 USD


     7 140 USD


  Total 13 560 USD
  •  Exchange rate used for the above table: USD1/ZAR13.
  •  All amounts listed above are estimates and subject to change, depending on economic factors.
  •  Above-mentioned expenses may not all be incurred by the student.