All students offered accommodation placed - UCT

Cape Town - All University of Cape Town students who were offered accommodation have been placed, while those in temporary accommodation have been reduced to 30, the institution said on Saturday.

All first year students have also been placed in residence, the university said on its Facebook page.

The majority of students in temporary accommodation are senior students, who in terms of UCT’s housing policy, do not qualify for student accommodation.

The institution nevertheless made arrangements for them.

Last week, Rhodes Must Fall led campus protests against what they claimed was a lack of access to residence accommodation by students from poorer backgrounds.

But according to the university, claims of preference being given to white and international students in residences are false.

"Over 75% of students in residences are black and this figure is rising year on year; less than 1.8% of students in residence are international students and less than 150 places are given to students residing close to UCT.

"Our residence policy ensures we give preference to financial aid students."

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