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There are various affordable accommodation options available for students. When doing an internship the simplest way to get accommodation is through your placement agency. They have established contacts with landlords that rent out rooms, houses or flats especially to foreign students. This you should enquire and negotiate via your placement agency.

When doing a foreign studying semester you have a few options. You can either check out the university website where you’d like to study to see if they offer accommodation for example Stellenbosch student accommodation, student accommodation University of Cape Town or send an enquiry email to their administration. The Language schools also have accommodation deals available so check out their websites.

Alternatively you can look for accommodation once you are in Cape Town. To follow this route you can stay in a Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouse or Backpackers for a few days and look for cheaper accommodation once here. These options are more risky as you might not find a place right away, but this way you can look around and find a place that suits your taste and pocket better. Click on the following links to check out B&B accommodation options:
Cape Town
Stellenbosch

A Backpackers is probably your cheapest short term accommodation option when your budget is tight. Check out the following two links for some options:
http://www.capestay.co.za/cape-town-backpackers.asp
http://www.sa-venues.com/accommodation/wc_backpackers.htm

To help you find your own private accommodation you can buy the local weekly newpapers (e.g. Cape Argus, etc) and look for the small private advertisements. Many rooms or houses are advertised this way. You can also look at notice boards at Universities where rooms or even houses for rent are advertised. And of course, try a Google search if you need area specific accommodation.

The following areas are safe and nice to stay in: City bowl area (e.g. Vredehoek, Gardens, Kloofnek, Zonnebloem), Observatory, Milnerton Ridge, Table View, Parklands, Blaauwbergstrand, Green Point, Sea Point and the Dubanville area. Try and stay as close to your university, language school or internship as possible for the obvious logistical reasons. If you have your own transport remember that traffic into and out of Cape Town is heavy during peak hours.


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