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Cost of living

Cost of living

Purchasing power of the Rand - A guide for prospective and new staff members

Please refer to for current exchange rates.

The following websites can be visited for current rates and prices.

Accommodation - rent or buy

University accommodation

Please refer to our website at Accommodation at UCT - Staff housing for current rates.

Hotel accommodation

Motor vehicles



Should you become a member of the University's medical aid, discounts on cinema tickets are available through Discovery Health (Vitality).

Applicances and furniture

Utilities and services

  • ESKOM (electricity)
  • Rates - varies according to area




A list of schools in the Cape Town area can be found at the following site: Western Cape Education Department - Find a school search facility.


Membership prices will vary according to the gym. You will be required to pay a joining fee and a monthly membership fee.


Page last updated: 12 January 2017