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Organization : University of Cape Town – Department of Student Affairs
Facility : Private Accommodation Application Form
Head Office : Rondebosch

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UCT Private Accommodation Application Form

** In terms of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 Section 3 and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, any person who provides private accommodation to students, must be vetted by the Institution at which the student is learning.

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** As such, a student who wishes to stay in private accommodation must submit full details of the service provider who is providing such accommodation.

** The University, through the Off Campus Accommodation Office (OCSAS), provides an accreditation service for Off Campus Accommodation providers.
** Accredited Service Providers will receive a Certificate of Compliance from OCSAS.
** The OCSAS has a list of vetted service providers. If you need assistance you may contact the Office on 021 650 49 34 or ocsas AT

All students must ensure that the service provider completes this Private Accommodation form :
** All students must submit to SFA, before or at the time of registration;
** The completed Private Accommodation Application form,
** the Accreditation Certificate of the accommodation, and
** a copy of the lease agreement.
** The SFA will then approve private accommodation assistance to the student for payment towards the cost of said accommodation.

Note :

UCT Cape Town Students

** Students whose home address is in the greater Cape Town area and who wish to stay in private accommodation must submit a written motivation to the SFA Office to have these costs covered.
** This should be submitted before signing a lease agreement.
** The SFA Office will confirm the outcome in writing.
** If the request is unsuccessful, and the student moves into private accommodation, the cost of the accommodation will be borne by the student.
** If the motivation is successful, then the student does not have to re-submit a motivation in subsequent years.

UCT Financial Aid Students

** will receive a monthly contribution via their personal banking accounts.
** It is the responsibility of the student to make payment to the service provider.
** The University will not enter into any disputes between the lessor and the lessee.

UCT GAP Funded Students

** who apply for the loan for residence or private accommodation are not eligible for any monthly allowance.

The student will only have access to the loan if :
** The loan agreement has been signed and submitted to NSFAS
** NSFAS makes payment of the loan to UCT
** the fee account is in a credit balance
** All costs of private accommodation will be the responsibility of the student.

Important Notes :
1. Allowances are for 9 months only (March -Nov), and 10 months if the student is a senior health sciences student
2. You may not change your accommodation without prior approval of SFA.
3. Allowances are paid direct to students bank accounts whose responsibility it is to pay the service-provider
4. The allowances amounts are not negotiable.
5. No allowances are provided for deposits.
6. If you receive allowances for which you are not entitled, you will be responsible for the repayment of these allowances to UCT.
7. Ensure that you capture your private accommodation term address and banking details on PeopleSoft Self-Service when you register.

Reminder : attach accreditation certificate & lease

Benefits of UCT Financial Aid

Here are some of the benefits of UCT Financial Aid:

Tuition and Fee Funding:
Financial Aid may cover tuition fees, as well as other academic expenses such as registration fees, textbooks, and study materials.

Accommodation and Living Expenses:
Financial Aid may also cover the costs of accommodation and other living expenses, such as meals, transportation, and personal expenses.

Bursaries and Scholarships:
Financial Aid may offer bursaries and scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.

Financial Aid may offer low-interest loans to students who require additional funding for their education.

Additional Simplified Procedure

Here are the steps on how to apply for UCT Private Accommodation online:
1. Go to the UCT Off-Campus Student Accommodation Services (OCSAS) website.
2. Click on the “Apply for Accommodation” button.
3. Create an account or log in to your existing account.
4. Select the type of accommodation you are interested in.
5. Enter your personal information and contact details.
6. Upload your ID document and proof of income.
7. Select your preferred lease options.
8. Pay the application fee.
9. Submit your application.

Here are some additional tips for applying for UCT Private Accommodation online:
** Make sure you have all of the required documents before you start the application process.
** Read the instructions carefully before you submit your application.
** Double-check all of your information before you submit your application.
** If you have any questions, contact the OCSAS helpdesk.

The application fee for UCT Private Accommodation is R250.00. The application deadline for UCT Private Accommodation is usually in May or June each year. However, it is always best to check the OCSAS website for the latest deadlines.

Once you have submitted your application, the OCSAS team will review it and process it within 21 days. If your application is approved, you will be contacted by the OCSAS team and offered a place in accommodation.

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