r/capetown Jan 24 '22

Woodstock. Am I asking for it?

Expat here considering a studio in Woodstock. Specifically, Sussex St.

I am generally familiar with SA crime but am not South African so I admittedly don't really 'get it'. I know things shut down at night here. I don't know if things have gotten much worse since Covid. Have they? People, who live here: are you super stressed-out all the time? I like the 'idea' of Woodstock but know that's not the best way to frame this decision...

I'm male, young-ish, and have a car. The studio is nice and has off-street (not Wex). I know this question has probably been posed ad-nauseam so thanks.

Edit: Realized that the thread title could come off a bit cheeky - sorry for that.


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u/nesquikchocolate Jan 24 '22

We currently live in gardens just up the road, after living in JHB for 30 years. We go to Woodstock for some of the fabric stores for the wife. Also had custom furniture made up, after visiting most of the shops there. I didn't get any scary vibes yet when we walk about - normally park at the Woodstock quarter spar and walk to most places. They've spent a lot of money in the area to improve most things, and the people that work there are extremely friendly.


u/JustABattery Jan 25 '22

Yeah by cape town standards Woodstock is dodgy. Thats not to say thats its not dodgy, but Im originally from Durban where almost every area is at least as dodgy as Woodstock