Health & Safety

Hospitals & Campus Health Care Services

All students who are covered by adequate medical insurance will automatically be admitted to the private hospital in Stellenbosch (Medi-Clinic) in case of emergency or if prior hospital authorisation has been obtained. The Health Care Service of the university is available at Medical Council guideline tariffs. This service has a number of doctors who take care of the medical needs of students. You are advised to make an appointment. Click here for more information on the wide range of services on offer.

Medical insurance

All returning and new international students registering on a study visa must hold medical cover from a provider that is registered with the SA Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 and be paid up for the full 12 months of 2016 (or for the relevant period for semester students). The Immigration Act states that proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act is required. Any person registered without such medical cover invalidates his/her visa. Read here.

Please note that Stellenbosch University is not affiliated to any medical aid provider.  We will accept your medical cover as long as it is from a provider registered with the SA Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998. It must be paid up for the full academic year (or for the relevant period for semester students).  Here is a list of student medical aid options to consider.  The list is not exhaustive, thus you can opt for other schemes of your choice.  Students are advised to contact the medical aid providers directly.

Click here for Momentum Health.

Click here for Discovery.

Click here for CompCare Wellness.

Click here for Student Health Plan.

Click here for Profmed.

Personal insurance

We strongly advise that you take out insurance for your personal belongings such as digital cameras and laptop computers. It is important that you are aware of the conditions of your personal insurance.


Personal safety

Be sensible about your personal safety in Stellenbosch in the same way as you would be anywhere in the world. Be street-wise in town by staying in a group and using the main streets where there are usually people at all times of the day or night. It is not advisable to walk alone at night. Keep your Postgraduate & International Office Emergency Card with you at all times.

Thefts do occur, both in the town and in university buildings. You are advised never to leave valuable articles unattended. Do not carry large sums of money with you. Use a U-lock to secure your bicycle and/ or lock your car doors. All bicycles should have a light for cycling at night. Close your windows and lock the doors of your home when you go out and at night.

Risk Management and Campus Security

Risk Management and Campus Security is a service division which assists all students and staff and visitors in creating a safe and orderly environment for the university community. Security guards patrol the grounds of the university and are trained to ensure the safety of the university community and to assist in emergencies.