A step-by-step guide on how to stay connected at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) keeps you connected to UCT’s online services. Read on to find out how to connect, how to find software and how to stay safe while you’re online.
For a short guide on all you need to know about digital at UCT, take a look at the ICTS checklist. Alternatively, see the range of information and communication technology services available to students, or download the full PDF.
Connect to Wi-Fi
Connect to eduroam, UCT’s Wi-Fi network, using your username (email@example.com) and your UCT network password. Please ensure that you reset your temporary UCT password using the Password Self-Service.
Sign in to your UCT email
Sign in to your UCT student email account. Remember to check it regularly — this is where you will find all official university communications.
Hook up your phone
Get to know Amathuba
Amathuba is UCT’s new digital learning platform, which supports face-to-face teaching and learning and offers a wide range of features, in an attractive, modern and engaging user interface.
For assistance, contact the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching’s (CILT) Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 650 5500 weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00.
Get free software
Before buying any software, first check what site-licenced software is available for free.
All UCT students have access to Microsoft 365 at no cost (as part of Microsoft’s Student Advantage Program) and you will be able to download and install the software on up to five devices, including Windows and Mac computers, and Windows, Android and Apple mobile devices for the duration of your registration as a student at UCT.
A number of Google Workspace applications are also available. You will need to use your UCT email address and password to log in and access these services. Step-by-step instructions are available on the ICTS website.
How to get IT help on campus
The ICTS front office: Get walk-in support in Room 2.01 of the Computer Science building on upper campus. The office is open from 08:00 to 16:30 during the week (but closes at 15:15 on Thursdays).
ICTS-on-Main Walk-in Centre: For those nearer to lower campus, it’s in Room 1.10 of the ICTS building, located at 7 Main Road, Mowbray, and operates at the same times as the upper campus office.
Social media: ICTS provides basic support on Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter), but if they can’t help, they’ll escalate your issues to someone who can. They’re online seven days a week from 07:00 to 22:00 during the term.
Student labs: Lab administrators and assistants are on hand to help you in any of the ICTS-managed labs around campus. Some labs may be closed from time to time, so please check with your faculty.
The IT Helpdesk: Use ServiceNow to search the IT Knowledge Base to see if there’s already an answer to your question; browse through the service catalogue to log a specific request online; or report a problem.
For all your printing, scanning and copying needs, use the Managed Print Services available across the UCT campus.
Get access to thousands of online courses covering topics such as software, design, and business skills via LinkedIn Learning. Courses range from beginner to advanced and are available 24/7.
ICTS, together with UCT Libraries, have acquired the Gartner core IT research package.
6 tips for staying cyber secure
Use strong passwords. The longer and more complex your password is, the better. A password should contain numbers, symbols and upper- and lower-case letters.
Install anti-virus software. Up-to-date anti-virus software should be on all your computers. Download Trellix (formerly known as McAfee) for free from the ICTS website and find a good anti-virus for your mobile devices.
Spread the word. If you know of a cybersecurity threat or incident, please inform everyone you know who might be affected.
Avoid identity theft. Dispose of sensitive paperwork safely (eg by shredding), enable SMS or app alerts for your banking, and never share personal information online.