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Money matters UCT, Cape Town

Tuition fees

  • SSA students who apply independently (SSA individuals): $7 000 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 R10 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 4 000 400 USD 2 000 USD



ZAR 6 500 650 USD 3 250 USD



ZAR 700 70 USD 350 USD

Local transport


ZAR 1 500 150 USD 750 USD

Spending money


ZAR 1 500 150 USD 750 USD

Living costs


ZAR 2 500 250 USD 1 250 USD



N/A N/A 7 000 USD



  Total 15 350 USD


  •  Exchange rate used for the above table: USD1/ZAR10.
  •  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.