As a student at UCT, you are able to access a wide range of information and communication technology services to support your academic endeavours. Your user account (student number and 14-character password) is your key to using these services. Student computing labs are distributed across faculties and in some residences. Some of these labs are managed for the faculty by ICTS, while others are managed by faculty staff. A range of software is made available to students at no additional cost and can be downloaded from this website.
Centralised, managed printers are located in these student computing labs and in document centres. Print requests are released by tapping or swiping your student card against a reader at the printer. The university also hosts a student portal - Vula - to which all students have access. Notes, videos and additional learning material will be made available there by lecturers.
Your two main points of contact with ICTS will be via the student lab administrators or the staff at our Front Office located on Cissie Gool Plaza. You can also follow us on Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter).
Everything you need to know
We have summarised everything you need to know about IT on campus in this handy guide.
UCT laptop allocation
See if you're eligible to receive a UCT laptop at cost.
Zero-rated websites and mobile data allocations
View what UCT websites have been zero-rated as well as how data is allocated.
Manage your data
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Getting connected for students
Connect yourself to the wireless and internet
Access to services
Find out how to connect to the services available to you
Learn about your myUCT student account, which you can access even after graduation
Find a computer lab that you can work in
UCT Mobile is an app that puts UCT in your pocket - giving you access to essential campus services
Printing and copying
Find out where to do your printing, copying and related services on campus
Network services in residences
Everything you need to know about networking and IT in residences
Software for students
You have access to a wide range of useful software to assist with your studies
Securing your machine
It's vital to keep your computer secure from both physical and electronic threats - such as virus and malware attacks
Your UCT account gives you access to a wide range of services on campus - such as WiFi, Vula and more
Online learning gives you the freedom to learn anywhere at your own pace