are various affordable accommodation options available for
students. When doing an internship the simplest way to get
accommodation is through your placement agency. They have
established contacts with landlords that rent out rooms, houses
or flats especially to foreign students. This you should enquire
and negotiate via your placement agency.
When doing a foreign studying semester you
have a few options. You can either check out the university
website where you’d like to study to see if they offer
accommodation for example Stellenbosch
student accommodation, student
accommodation University of Cape Town or send an enquiry
email to their administration. The Language schools also have
accommodation deals available so check out their websites.
Alternatively you can look for accommodation
once you are in Cape Town. To follow this route you can stay
in a Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouse or Backpackers for a
few days and look for cheaper accommodation once here. These
options are more risky as you might not find a place right
away, but this way you can look around and find a place that
suits your taste and pocket better. Click on the following
links to check out B&B accommodation options:
A Backpackers is probably your cheapest short
term accommodation option when your budget is tight. Check
out the following two links for some options:
To help you find your own private accommodation
you can buy the local weekly newpapers (e.g. Cape Argus, etc)
and look for the small private advertisements. Many rooms
or houses are advertised this way. You can also look at notice
boards at Universities where rooms or even houses for rent
are advertised. And of course, try a Google search if you
need area specific accommodation.
The following areas are safe and nice to
stay in: City bowl area (e.g. Vredehoek, Gardens, Kloofnek,
Zonnebloem), Observatory, Milnerton Ridge, Table View, Parklands,
Blaauwbergstrand, Green Point, Sea Point and the Dubanville
area. Try and stay as close to your university, language school
or internship as possible for the obvious logistical reasons.
If you have your own transport remember that traffic into
and out of Cape Town is heavy during peak hours.