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Transport & parking

Introduction

How to get around

Travel at UCT starts with the Jammie Shuttle, but there are a range of public and private transport options to help you get around campus and the city.

Hop on, hop off

  • The Jammie Shuttle is the easiest way to get from point A to B. The service is available to students and staff (if you show your staff or student card) and runs weekdays, weekends and holidays both during term time and over vacations. It also includes a late-night service.
    View route maps and timetables: Staff site | Students site.
  • Golden Arrow buses are easily accessible from Main Road, Rondebosch, and the Jammie Shuttle stops in Claremont and Mowbray.
    View fares, timetables and routes.
  • MyCiTi integrates with the Jammie Shuttle at the Gardens station in Buitenkant Street. From there you can head into Vredehoek, Oranjezicht and the city centre. The rapid bus service also runs to Salt River, Woodstock, Table View, Century City, the West Coast, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, and the Atlantic Seaboard all the way to Llandudno and Hout Bay.
    View routes of the feeder services in these areas.

Minibus taxis

Minibus taxis pick up and drop off passengers along virtually every main route in the city. The Mowbray and Claremont Jammie Shuttle stops are a few steps away from minibus taxi hubs, and there are multiple stops near some UCT residences.

Trains

Cape Town’s rail service fans out across the city. The Southern Line stops at Mowbray, Observatory, Rosebank and Rondebosch stations, which are all within walking distance of UCT’s lower, middle and upper campuses.

View fare details and timetables

Driving in

Staff and students have to apply for a parking disk at UCT traffic administration, which will provide information about which type of parking disk you require and how much it will cost.

Those who drive more than one car can apply for duplicate disks, but you are only allowed to have one car on campus at any one time.

Disabled parking disks are available through the Disability Service: view on Staff or Students site.

Carpooling

The Ridelink Carpooling System is an attempt to decrease single-person car usage at UCT. Run through Vula, the system is designed to help students and staff find lifts to campus. Once their details are on the database, the system finds people with matching schedules at the click of a button. Find out more about Ridelink.

Those who carpool can access the P4 carpool parking lot on upper campus if three or more student or staff cards are swiped at the boom within 10 seconds of the first swipe. The car must, of course, have a valid UCT parking disc. First-year students aren’t allowed to bring cars on to campus, but they can apply to park at Rhodes Memorial, which is just a short walk away. Parking disks are available from traffic administration.

Motor bikes, scooters and bicycles

First-years are allowed to bring motor bikes or scooters onto campus as long as they buy the appropriate parking disc from traffic administration.

UCT’s cycle routes encourage non-motorised access to campus. The routes follow paths that are considered to be both the safest and the easiest to cycle.

Bike parking racks have been installed in groups around the campus, especially at transport hubs, where bikes can be securely locked.

Jammie Bike is an initiative that encourages staff and students to rent bicycles for travel to campus. There are currently 200 bicycles, branded with the Jammie Bike logo, up for lease on an annual basis. Find out more about Jammie Bikes: view on Staff or Students site.

Your own two feet

It’s easiest to get around UCT on foot. If you’re on campus after dark, walk in a group and stick to the Foot Routes – they have emergency points so that you can call Campus Protection Services (CPS) if you need help. You can also call CPS on 021 650 2222/3 for an escort within UCT premises.

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