Each society is run by students and any student may be a member. Societies hold a number of events every year including an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the new leadership is elected for the coming year.

Each society is funded partially by the university and partially by subscription fees charged by the societies.

The societies allow students to enjoy activities at the university that are not normally part of the academic curricula. Societies allow students to enjoy being part of a community on campus that is stimulating and opens up new challenges and opportunities.


These societies are organisations whose primary aim is either to enhance the learning and understanding of students at UCT or to bring students in contact with the leaders in their field of studies. Many of these societies hold seminars on various topics and bring industry leaders to UCT while others concentrate on community development programmes.

Society & Website Email
AIESEC UCT aiesec@myuct.ac.za
Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals ABSIP@myuct.ac.za
Association of Built Environment Students ABES@myuct.ac.za
Association of SA Black Actuaries ASABA@myuct.ac.za
Biological Society biosoc@myuct.ac.za
Black Law Students’ Forum blsf@myuct.ac.za
Cardiac Society  
Education Development Unit Student Organisation eduso@myuct.ac.za
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers ieee@myuct.ac.za
Organisational Psychology Students’ Society opss@myuct.ac.za
Psychology Society psychologysoc@myuct.ac.za
South African Medical Students’ Association samsa.uct@gmail.com
UCT Space and Astronomy Society (UCT SpaceSoc) spacesoc@myuct.ac.za
Surgical Society uctsurgical@gmail.com
UCT Marketing Association uctma@myuct.ac.za
UCT Mathematics Society MathSoc@myuct.ac.za


Society & Website Email
iKhaya Day House  


This constitutes one of the largest sectors, representing almost all major religious beliefs, doctrines and denominations. Many of these societies have ties with local religious structures. Although UCT is a secular campus, it makes the attempt to accommodate everyone and allow them to exercise their beliefs freely without interfering with the academic programme and other faiths.

Society & Website Email
Acts Kolbe Catholic Society acts@myuct.ac.za
Anglican Students’ Society ansoc@myuct.ac.za
Apostolic Faith Church of Portland Oregon  
Believers’ Loveworld loveworld@myuct.ac.za
Chabbab UCT  
Christian Medical Fellowship cmf@myuct.ac.za
Christian Revival Church crc@myuct.ac.za
Church on Main churchonmain@myuct.ac.za
Deeper Life Fellowship dlf@myuct.ac.za
Hillsong Church hillsong@myuct.ac.za
Hindu Students’ Society hindusoc@myuct.ac.za
His People uct@hispeople.org
Jubilee Society jubilee@myuct.ac.za
Muslim Students’ Association uct@msa.org.za
Muslim Youth Movement uctmym@myuct.ac.za
Rapha Fellowship Centre rfc@myuct.ac.za
Redeemed Christian Fellowship rcf@myuct.ac.za
Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement (SDASM) sdasm@myuct.ac.za
Shofar Church shofar@myuct.ac.za
South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) saujs@myuct.ac.za
Student Christian Fellowship scf@myuct.ac.za
Student YMCA info@uct-y.org
Trees of Life Multiracial Church treesoflife.mc@gmail.com
UCT Baha’i Society bahai@myuct.ac.za
World Mission Society (Church of God) worldmissionsociety@myuct.ac.za
Zion Christian Student Fellowship zcsf@myuct.ac.za


These societies largely represent national and cultural interests. However, membership is not drawn exclusively from the relevant countries. These societies mainly aim to broaden students exposure to the cultural dynamism of UCT.

Society & Website Email
Abantu Zambian Society zamsoc@myuct.ac.za
Congolese Society
East African Students’ Association easoc@myuct.ac.za
Ghana Society ghanasoc@myuct.ac.za
Hellenic Students’ Association HSA@myuct.ac.za
Lesotho Students’ Association lessa@myuct.ac.za
Malawi Students’ Society malawisoc@myuct.ac.za
Namibian Students’ Organisation namsoc@myuct.ac.za
Nigerian Students’ Society nigeriasoc@myuct.ac.za
UCT Asian Students Association rocsa@myuct.ac.za
Swazi Students’ Society swazisoc@myuct.ac.za
Zimbabwe Society zimsoc@myuct.ac.za


These organisations represent a group of national and international political organisations. Their activities include attending national gatherings, and inviting politicians and scholars to speak at meetings.

Society & Website Email
Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation daso@myuct.ac.za
InkuluFreeHeid IFH@myuct.ac.za
Palestine Solidarity Forum psf@myuct.ac.za
Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) uctpasma@gmail.com
South African Students’ Congress sasco@myuct.ac.za
The Collective TheCollective@myuct.ac.za
United Nations Association of SA uct@unasa.org.za

Special interest

This group of societies represent a broad range of groups from special interest and civil society groups to social and wellness groups. These societies open up huge opportunities to experience and enjoy new activities at UCT.

Society & Website Email
Altum Sonatur  
African Society For Liberty Constitution  
Amnesty International amnesty_international@myuct.ac.za
Art of Living – SMILE aol@myuct.ac.za
Association of SA Black Actuaries  
Ballroom and Latin Dancing Society chair@uctballroom.co.za
Bhakti Yoga Society bhaktiyoga@myuct.ac.za
Birding UCT  
Black Management Forum bmf@myuct.ac.za
Cape Legion of Adventurers and War Gamers claws@myuct.ac.za
Cape Town Globalist ctglobalist@myuct.ac.za
Connoisseur connoisseur@myuct.ac.za
Debating Union debatingunion@myuct.ac.za
DJ’s Production Society
Enactus enactus@myuct.ac.za
Engineers Without Borders uct@ewbsa.org
Equal Education equaleducation@myuct.ac.za
Fashion Society  
Film Society filmsoc@myuct.ac.za
Golden Future Project goldenfuture@myuct.ac.za
Green Campus Initiative gci@myuct.ac.za
Habitat For Humanity hfh@myuct.ac.za
Hip Hop Club hiphop@myuct.ac.za
History and Current Affairs Society hca@myuct.ac.za
Ikey Ability Chaeli Mycroft
Investment Society investsoc@myuct.ac.za
LeanIn UCT Alexandra Swanepoel
Moot Society  
Photographic Society photosoc@myuct.ac.za
RainbowUCT rainbow@myuct.ac.za
Rural Support Network (RSN) rsn@myuct.ac.za
Students For a Free Tibet  
Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) slsj@myuct.ac.za
Students for Life studentsforlife@myuct.ac.za
TEDxUCT tedxuct@myuct.ac.za
UCT African Choral africanchoral@myuct.ac.za
UCT Choir uctchoir@gmail.com
UCT Choir for Africa africanchoral@myuct.ac.za
UCT Consulting Club uctcc@myuct.ac.za
UCT Developers Society uctdevelopers@myuct.ac.za
UCT Entrepreneurs Society uctentrepreneurs@myuct.ac.za
Vegilicious Vegilicious@myuct.ac.za
We Are Animals weareanimals.uct@gmail.com
Wine and Cultural Society winesoc@myuct.ac.za
Women in Computer Science (WCS-UCT) women.cs.uct@gmail.com

How to join a society at UCT

Students can become members of societies throughout the academic year. During the annual O-week, student organsations showcase themselves – either on the Plaza or on the Green Mile (depending on the arrangements made in a given year). Here students can sign-up with the societies that interest them and they can either have the subscription fees charged to their student accounts or pay cash to the cashiers in the Steve Biko Students’ Union.

If students miss the O-week sign up period they can visit the Societies Helpdesk on Level 5, Steve Biko Students’ Union or contact Societies to sign up with a society or get more information. Students may join societies throughout the year and may pay through their fee accounts until 30 April or alternatively can pay cash at the Student Treasury on Level 5, Steve Biko Students’ Union.