Struggle for UCT students' residence placement intensifies
Students say UCT failed to adequately prioritise residence allocation before the start of the academic year.
CAPE TOWN - Some University of Cape Town (UCT) students believe the struggle for residence placement has intensified following last year's disruptive student protests.
The university yesterday revealed it's down at least 700 beds due to a delay in deferred exams and an increase in students who require financial aid.
But students say the university has failed to adequately prioritise residence allocation before the start of the 2016 academic year.
Several protesting students camped out in an erected shack on the university's main campus last night to highlight the housing issue.
One first year student from Langa, who secured a last-minute spot in campus accommodation, said he supports the protests.
"At home there are kids and we stayed in one room, so to be in students' residence you get your privacy and I can learn with ease."