Cape Town has many amazing draw cards including beautiful weather, mountains and some wonderful intercultural experiences for students! When students are not on campus or out exploring Cape Town their time is spent in their accommodation, whether it’s with a host family, other CIEE friends or UCT students. All students have the option of living in either CIEE off campus accommodation, a UCT residence or with a local host family. I am the Housing Manager and it has been a pleasure over the years ensuring that the student’s time in Cape Town is enhanced through their residence experience. I could go on about the work we do to provide the best possible service to the students but it sounds much better if you hear it first hand from the students.
My UCT Dormitory has given me the opportunity to interact with UCT students outside of my RA's and given me another point of contact and context for what it is like to be a student here. My flatmates in particular were very kind and open, I have actually made good friends with one. This was a great way for me get to know people of another land and culture in a more intimate setting.
My study abroad experience in Cape Town would not have been the same, nor as amazing, if I had not chosen to participate in a homestay. I am currently living in the South Suburbs, about twenty minutes from UCT’s campus by train, and, I feel like I am part of the family. My favourite part of the day is coming home after a long day of classes and being welcomed by a warm, home-cooked meal made by my host-mother. I have tried so many new dishes since being here, such as mutton curry, ox tail, biltong soup, chicken livers, boerewors (with onions of course), and, my personal favourite, tomato bredie (which is a South African stew). I believe that I am gaining an unforgettable, immersive experience with a family that will always be in my heart. I love that I am able to say that I am going home at the end of a busy day, because it truly does feel like home to me now, where I am surrounded by a big and loving family and treated as one of their own.
Queens Street is more than just part of CIEE accommodation; it is a home away from home for many. Not only are the rooms spacious, comfortable and beautiful, the lounge areas are wonderful for hanging out and catching up with housemates and friends. We have had fantastic meals cooked and shared out of the fully equipped kitchens that every single flat has, from late night baking brownies up to Sunday mac and cheese lunch.
It is fantastic to live in Savoy! Being in such a small group, the ability to build relationships with one another is unlike any other living situation in CIEE. Along with the outdoor space, it is perfect for group activities that make us closer as a dorm. Having 2 TVs for 17 people are not too bad eitherJ I am really happy that I am in Savoy. My study abroad experience would be very different if I were living anywhere else.
When studying abroad, a home away from home is something that every student would ask for and this is exactly what they get from me while studying here in Cape Town.