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About GSB

The GSB's central Waterfront campus is equipped with all essential services and offers easy access to the city, shopping district and sporting facilities.

Central location

The GSB's Breakwater Campus is situated in the heart of Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The campus derives its name from the fact that the site once housed convicts who built the breakwater for the Cape Town harbour in 1861.

The present building dates from 1901. It was built and used as an industrial prison until 1926 when it became a hostel for migrant workers. By the 1990s, the building had been left empty and derelict, In 1991, it was extensively renovated to accommodate the GSB. At that time two new buildings were added to the complex to house the Breakwater Lodge hotel and restaurant facilities.

The campus is centrally located and easily accessed, just 1,5km away from the central business district and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

Library and business information centre

The GSB library and business information centre supports the academic needs of the School. It also offers information services to members of the alumni network and local companies.

All students automatically become members of the GSB library for the year(s) in which they are registered for their degree. As UCT students they also have access to any library at UCT and material from libraries elsewhere in South Africa, which can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loans facility. The GSB library has upwards of 7 000 books and subscribes to all major local business and financial newspapers and journals, as well as a selection of general interest publications and major foreign business and financial journals. In addition, the library has many electronic resources including a number of full text business and financial electronic databases.

To view the GSB library site click here.

Internet and IT

The GSB has a comprehensive “anywhere, anytime” policy and its IT services are accessible around the clock. The School uses “Instructor,” a tailor-made e-learning tool to enable students to access course material, communicate and collaborate at any time of day.

There are Pentium computers and high-speed laser printing facilities throughout the campus. All PC’s are networked, have Internet access, and run Microsoft's latest email, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. The School also has a wireless, broadband network, which allows compatible laptops and handhelds to connect wirelessly, no matter where they are on the GSB campus.


Student accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge at special rates on either a monthly or half-yearly basis. The cost includes breakfast and dinner during academic terms only and single students may select either shared accommodation or a private suite. Shared accommodation consists of two adjoining rooms with common bathing and toilet facilities, while suites comprise a bedroom/study and adjoining lounge with private shower, washbasins and toilet. A modestly furnished lounge, equipped with a television, kettle, refrigerator, and microwave oven is shared between every 20 rooms.

Resident student lounges

Furnished lounges with television sets, refrigerators and microwave ovens are available to students who live on campus.

Other services and facilities

Food and drink

Tea and coffee are available free of charge in the students' common room, with sandwiches and light snacks on sale at the Stonebreakers' restaurant. Vending machines have also been placed in various reception areas around the School. More substantial meals are available in the Time-Out Cafe, which overlooks the V&A Waterfront and enjoys a spectacular view of Table Mountain. Additional facilities include a full bar and private dining room. At the end of a tough day or week, students are able to relax and unwind at the “Brig,” the on-campus pub.

Health and medical

Medical treatment for all normal health problems, including personal counselling, is available from the Student Health Service on UCT lower campus.

Sport and leisure

GSB students are eligible for membership with all UCT sports clubs. In addition, the GSB offers both the venue and the weather to accommodate any sporting or outdoor activities, from sailing and surfing, to horse-riding, golf, tennis and more. Furthermore, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s leading centres of jazz, opera and theatre.


Parking is available for all conference, hotel and programme delegates on a first come first served basis. All cars are left and in all respects, entirely at their owner's risk.

Public telephones and Photocopiers

Coin and card operated telephones are available in reception areas of the school, as well as the hotel.

Photocopiers are available in the Library during open hours, as well as in the Documentation Centre

Public transport

Public transport runs between the Victoria and Alfred Hotel at the Waterfront and the Cape Town railway station in Adderley Street, every 15 minutes from 06h30 to 19h00 in both directions.