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.
The South African Department of Home Affairs requires Proof of Medical cover registered with the SA Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 and paid for the duration of studies annually. Proof of membership is required for the study visa application and prior to registration at SU.
Students are strongly advised to read the contents of their medical aid carefully and deal directly with the provider.
Please note that Stellenbosch University is not affiliated to any medical aid provider. Stellenbosch University accepts any medical aid as long as it is registered in South Africa.
Click here for Momentum Health.
Click here for CompCare Wellness.
Click here for Profmed.
Click here for Topmed.
Click here for a comprehensive list of medical schemes in South Africa.
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.
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.