Swipe that student card

20 January 2020

Your UCT-issued student card is like power in your pocket. With so much to do, places to go and things to see, saving a bit goes a long way – and that’s what your student card can do for you. Here are just a few places where you can use your card to pay less and do more.

On campus

With your student card, you have access to computer labs and a list of other on-campus facilities; it also allows you use of the Jammie Shuttle — for mahala! It’s also your entrance into the UCT Libraries, gives you access to your res (if you’re living on campus) and enables you to book meals too.

Eat out

Everyone loves a good pizza and burger, so visit Da Vinci’s on Kloof Street in the CBD and get 10% off your meal, any day of the week. Note: this is a sit-down deal only.

Know your country

Visit one (or all) of the Iziko Museums in the Cape Town CBD to learn more about our country’s rich cultural and historical background and get 50% off the entry fee. The South African National Art Gallery in the Company’s Garden and The Slave Lodge in Wale Street are just two museums on Iziko’s list.

Out and about

Spend the day at Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy the wonders of nature, or just take it easy on the rolling lawns. Students pay only R40 (R35 less than adults) to enter.


“I wish I’d known that the Baxter Theatre was part of UCT and offers really great discounts to students on tickets.” – Jono

Table Mountain

For a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has slashed rates for students. You’ll pay R180 for a return ticket, and if you want to hike up or down, you’ll pay just R100 one-way.

Sea life

Experience marine and sea life at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Students pay just R140 for an entry ticket, so go fish!

The Baxter Theatre

Many productions at UCT’s Baxter Theatre Centre offer student discounts. Call the bookings office to find out what’s showing and have your student card ready when you buy tickets. The Baxter’s in-house restaurant also offers wholesome meals at reduced rates for students. 021 685 7880 / 086-915 8000 (bookings)

Let’s go shopping

Camping anyone? Cape Union Mart offers students a 5% discount. If you’re looking for camping and outdoor gear or fancy yourself a Bear Grylls in the making, visit a store near you.

‘You’ve got game’

Game stores also offer student discounts. The amount varies depending on the product purchased and the time of year. To qualify, fill out an in-store form and take an ID photo, a copy of your ID and a copy of your UCT registration form along.


Get reduced rates on products at iStores nationwide. Discounts vary and they change every season, so sign up to receive the iStore newsletter to stay informed. And remember that students also get 50% off Apple Music subscriptions for up to four years!

Need a workout?

The UCT Gym is open all year from 06:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Friday, and from 08:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Get fit for just R650 per year for a full membership, or R300 annually for an off-peak membership.

In the zone

Yoga Zone in Gardens offers a special package for South African students. You can enjoy a three-month unlimited package for R1 950, or R700 for one month of unlimited sessions.

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