Campus Services


The GSB's Cape Town Breakwater 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 Information Centre

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 online resources including a number of full text business and financial online databases. GSB students have access to any library at UCT, and material from libraries elsewhere in South Africa.

The GSB Library has a small but dedicated team of professional librarians who work closely the faculty, staff and students of the GSB:

  • Connecting users with the most relevant resources available to them within the GSB Library, at UCT Libraries, or in the larger research world:
    • Access to a wide range of electronic resources - databases, journal articles and ebooks
    • A collection of print books, specialising in the field of business and management
    • All past MBA and EMBA research reports which are available electronically on the website
    • Past GSB MCom/MPhil/PhD dissertations which are available at OpenUCT.
    • Inter-library loan facilities
    • Reciprocal agreements with other South African Business School libraries
  • Supporting the research and information needs of the GSB community through:
    • Hands-on training sessions on accessing resources - both electronic and physical
    • Reinforcing academic integrity through in-depth sessions on plagiarism and the steps to avoid it
    • Encouraging the use of citation managers to facilitate good and accurate referencing techniques
    • Being available and accessible to the students, face to face, via e-mail or telephonically providing a high level of service regardless of the students' physical location.

By being embedded with each programme the GSB offers, the Librarians have a high level of understanding the needs of the students and the requirements of the academic staff which allows the skills of the librarians to underpin all academic activity.

The GSB Library's website lies within the GSB's intranet and so is only available to the GSB community. However, the GSB catalogue can be accessed via UCT Libraries -

The physical library (access to books, journals and space) is available to alumni and interested members of the public who may become subscribers.

For more information, please contact

Internet and IT

The GSB has a comprehensive "anywhere, anytime" policy and its IT services are accessible around the clock.

The school's network operates a hybrid of workstations, Citrix terminals, laptops and tablets across the wireless Eduroam campus. There are high-speed laser printing facilities throughout the campus. All workstations have Internet access, and run Microsoft's email, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. 

Through Citrix, users may log on over the web no matter where they are in the world and it allows for information to be backed up in real time.

Vula is UCT's web based online collaboration and learning environment, used to support all UCT courses as well as other UCT-related groups and communities, ensuring the online classroom is available at user's fingertips.

With research teams and students becoming ever more mobile this approach ensures that learning can happen no matter where you are in the world.


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.

For information on the cost of accommodation at the BWL, please see the relevant contact details below.

Tel: +27 21 4061911
Fax: +27 21 4061070

Resident student lounges

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


Food and drink

Tea and coffee are available free of charge in the student Common Room (at Lavazza) , with sandwiches and light snacks on sale. Two vending machine options are available on Campus, normal conventional style as well as a fully certified Banting unit. More substantial meals are available at Stonebreakers Restaurant, which overlooks the V&A Waterfront and enjoys a spectacular view of Table Mountain. Additional facilities include a full bar. 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. The ER24 Emergency Medical Services is the preferred provider for any medical emergencies on the University of Cape Town campuses. An agreement was signed with the company ER24 EMS to respond to any medical emergencies.

Sport and leisure

GSB students are eligible for membership at all UCT sports clubs. There are many opportunities to participate in sport or physical recreation of your choice.  All levels of sport from social programs through to high performance sport is provided by the UCT Sport and Recreation Department.


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

Photocopiers and Printers

Agreements have been entered into with service providers of photocopier and printing services made available to students, staff and third parties.  A Document Printing Depot is also based on the campus for large volume and job requests.

Public transport

Public transport runs between the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and the Cape Town railway station in Adderley Street, every 10 minutes during peak times in both directions.



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