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January 24, 2014

Cape Town: One of the best cities for students

Living in a city as strikingly beautiful as Cape Town, it’s strange to even think of immigrating, or just moving abroad to study. But the reality is, quite a number of young people across the globe are faced with this very dilemma (or challenge) of picking a University at which to study abroad. The thrill of completing high school, moving out of your parents' home and making new friends in a new city comes with an intriguing appeal that opens doors to a whole new adventure - especially if that city is Cape Town.

Photo courtesy of keepitrealafrica (Flickr)

To add to our recent list of accolades, Cape Town has just been named number 13 in the 25 Best Cities For Young People To Live In by the website List25, by Syed Balkhi and David Pegg. They note Cape Town to be:
“Not too crowded but not too empty Cape Town enjoys a lot of balance. It has some amazing beaches but within a couple kilometers it is also overlooked by several mountain peaks. With a diverse population and plenty of university students this city is a good place for any young person to spend a little time.”

And Capetonians will tell you that description just covers the tip of the mountain peak for our beloved city. With sandy white beaches around every corner, exotic food experiences, a buzzing inner-city lifestyle and some of the best universities in the world, Cape Town is a dynamic wonderland waiting to be uncovered.

Cape Town’s Ivy League Schools:

  • University of Cape Town - Set in the heart of suburbia amidst lush greenery lies the University of Cape Town, fondly called UCT. Being a private Ad School student, I always envied the UCT grads walking in packs with their navy blue jumpers. UCT has been voted one of the top learning institutions in the world, hosting over 36 different sport clubs and 80 student societies.
  • University of the Western Cape – UWC is located in the Bellville region of Cape Town. It is a massive campus which hosts all major faculties of education and offers a truly connect campus life. Students that go to UWC often remain friends for life.
  • Stellenbosch University – Located in the winelands suburb of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University was the first African university to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities faculty. A degree from Stellenbosch University will surely give you international credibility.
  • University of South Africa – For those looking to study at your own pace, there’s the University of South Africa which is a system designed for students who prefer to study at home. UNISA is a distance learning institution that offers international accredited qualifications. There are also a number of colleges in Cape Town that offer UNISA lectures if you wish to meet your fellow campus mates.

Studying in Cape Town is affordable. With all Cape Town’s student deals and discounts, there is so much a student can experience on a budget. Check out our budget nightlife spots in Cape Town for students. Just a peek into this city will have you coming back for more!

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