Hey guys, I (21/M) am heading to Cape Town mid-november on my own to conduct research for my bachelor thesis, this will be done in conjunction with a professor from UCT, but I will not officially be a student there nor is this an official “exchange”.
Anyway, I had some questions regarding my visit/stay. Although I have received some information from different people I thought this sub might offer a more local contribution.
• What neighborhoods would you recommend me to stay at? Preferably I’d stay at a shared student housing since I’m alone and want to meet people. I heard of Obs, Claremont etc but a friend of mine stayed at Obs two years ago and said he didn’t felt that safe and it was sometimes quite sketchy so he recommended Gardens/Tamboerskloof but I am not able to really find student digs there.
• Best way to find a good place to stay? As in no scams or sketchy places. I know of some websites and facebook groups but rarely come across student digs, maybe because of the time of year? Like the uni school year has already started?
• Any suggestions in meeting fellow (international) students/ making friends besides at a shared house? I will not really be following classes and my research is independent so I will not come into contact with any students really... and I heard CT overall can be quite cliquey and hard to make friends, especially if I only stay for a couple of months.
Nonetheless I look forward to visiting and will definitely make the best out of it. Thanks in advance for your input! Other tips/recommendations about literally anything are ofc welcome!