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Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

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Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?


I'm going to be in Cape Town for a month around April time, and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good places to stay? Apartment vs. hostel, that sort of thing! Will be at the university and main teaching hospital.


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1. Re: Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

Suprised you havent got any replies, so am bumping the post.

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2. Re: Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

Just posted this on another post for someone :

Try The Oceana in Camps Bay.


It is a relatively large complex - about 30 apartments - but they are all serviced daily, and have either one or 2 bedrooms, a sitting area with satellite TV, and a fully fitted kitchenette area. The first and 2nd floor apartments have small balconies. The main grounds have 2 large swimming pools in the gardens. It used to take about 7 mins tops to walk down to the front (a bit longer on the way back because of the hill!).

Otherwise, try approaching Nox Rentals, who have a whole host of apartments and villas in Camps Bay.


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Hi there,

I'm a final year med student at Bristol (coming to Noth Western deanery to work) and saw your post - I'm starting my elective in cardiothoracic surgery 4 April 2011 in Groote Schuur, so maybe we could chat?? email me if you like jh4436@bristol.ac.uk


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4. Re: Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

I suggest looking here - these are principally short-stay vacation lodging, but a month would fit in for most of them: safarinow.com/destinations/cape-town/hub.aspx

Look under 'Suburbs' for Newlands, Observatory, Rosebank & Rondebosch - and you will be close enough to the University and the hospital to make it work. Have a tight budget? Here's one: http://www.safarinow.com/go/ericacottage/

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If budget is tight, you might want to look or post on http://capetown.gumtree.co.za/ - and see if you can find a room in a shared house for a month.

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7. Re: Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

Hi islandmonkey

Cape Town is a great place to continue your studies and the Medical School has an excellent international reputation.

As to where to stay I simply repeat what I say to anyone coming to study here. Don't look on tourist websites or travel egencies. These are designed for people coming with a totally different agenda - and normally very different budget priorities - to someone coming to study. An example ealier in this thread, as an answer to the original poster, was a travel agent recommending a holiday apartment in Camps Bay. This works out to cost (for one person) about £800 per week at standard rates! Just what you need on a Medical Elective placement with minimum funds!

Then I could not think of a place more inconvenient to stay while studying at the University. You would need to travel right through the city in peak traffic twice a day and there is little public transport in Cape Town thay would fit so you would really need a car! In the area around the University/Medical School there is a continuous operation shuttle bus (the Jammie Shuttle) which travels around the nearby residential suburbs and the different campuses of the University.

My advice always is to contact the Department office where you will be having your placement. They (through the University central accommodation office) will have a list of accommodation, convenient to where you are studying, at a range of prices. Remember in Cape Town, many of the people studying will have access to a far lower level of funds than most people coming from the UK.

Good luck. You will have a great time!

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8. Re: Medical elective - where to stay in Cape Town?

In addition to the suggestion of bwanadave.........try Pinelands. There are about 30 guesthouses to choose from.

you can also have a look at this site for off - campus accomodation...http://cal.uct.ac.za/ocsas/accommodation/find/

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