Student Wellness Service


Healthy. At ease. Going strong.

At Student Wellness Service (SWS), we are dedicated to assisting students to remain healthy and fulfilled by making healthy lifestyle choices as they pursue their academic goals. 

We provide professional medical and counselling services to students at a primary health care level. We are involved with the promotion of a balanced and healthy lifestyle as well as the prevention, early detection and treatment of all physical and mental health conditions.

Our team comprises professional nurses, medical doctors and social workers. Furthermore, our work is multiplied by SWS peer counsellors and various self-organised support groups that meet on a regular basis on campus.

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COVID-19 support

Counselling services

Medical services

Peer activities


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COVID-19 support

Student Wellness Service (SWS) aims to support UCT students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find here information and resources for your time pre-arrival, on campus as well as general guidelines.

The COVID-19 Student Support Plan  (Feb 2021)

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

What if I test positive for COVID-19? and other frequently asked questions

Mental health in the time of a pandemic  (Presentation by Psychiatrist Dr Mwanja Chundu, Mar 2021)

UCT's Daily Health Screening app and other UCT resources on COVID-19

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Confidentiality of information

All information arising from your engagements with Student Wellness Service (SWS) will be regarded as strictly confidential and will not be divulged to any other party outside of the SWS.


You have an emergency?

During office hours (08h30–16h00):
Phone 021 650 1020 for assistance from the Student Wellness Service Hotline.

All hours:
For medical emergencies, phone 010 205 3010 (ER24 UCT collaboration).
For mental health emergencies, phone 0800 24 25 26 (toll-free) or text 31393 for a call-me-back (UCT Student Careline).

See here for first steps in a medical/mental health emergency.


See also our Emergencies page for additional specialised services and contacts.