Your UCT student card not only opens doors (quite literally) on campus; it's also a passport to discounts and freebies in and around Cape Town.
Explore a museum
Your student card halves the admission price to all Iziko Museums – including the South African Museum, National Gallery and Planetarium in the Company's Garden, as well as the Bo-Kaap Museum, Castle and Slave Lodge. Check out their website for a full list of museums where this concession applies.
021 481 3800
Connect with nature
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – which is at the heart of the Cape Floral Region, one of the most diverse places for plants in the world – lets students in at half price (R25).
Rhodes Drive, Newlands
021 799 8782
Catch a show
Being on a tight budget doesn't mean you have to scrimp on culture. UCT students are entitled to various discounts, starting from 10% for shows at the Baxter Theatre Complex.
Main Road, Rondebosch
021 685 7880
Take a trip to the top
Want to ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain? Go on a Friday and pay R130 for a round trip or R68 one way (over 40% off) upon presenting your student card at the ticket office (unfortunately online ticket purchases don't qualify for the discount). The trip is also free on your birthday (provided you're 18 or older and have a valid South African identity document).
Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road
021 424 0015
Take in some art
Students get free entry to the Irma Stern Museum, which houses an extensive collection of one of South Africa's leading artists, the late Irma Stern, and regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary artists.
Cecil Road, Rosebank
021 685 5686
Print your best shot
One-stop photography shop Orms offers a 15% discount on developing and printing for all students.
Shop 5, Roeland Square
Upper Canterbury Street, Gardens
021 465 3573
The renowned Sport Science Institute of South Africa – where getting fit isn't just hit-or-miss, but a process aided by science – offers UCT students discounted membership (which still allows access to all facilities) for R350 per month for 12 months, or R4 200 for the year.
Boundary Road, Newlands
021 659 5600
At Virgin Active Claremont, students pay R580 instead of R695 per month for branch membership. Students also get a discount on off-peak premier membership, which means they can go to any Virgin Active gym in the country, outside of peak times, for R530 per month.
3rd Floor, Montclare Place,
Corner Main and Campground Road
021 684 3800
Watch a movie
The Labia, Cape Town's only independent movie house (and formerly an embassy ballroom), offers students a R5 discount on tickets that usually cost R40. They also have weekly specials where you can get dinner and a show for under R100 (see website for details).
68 Orange Street, Gardens
021 424 5927
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