Program Housing Overview
Finding suitable short-term, fully furnished accommodation in Cape Town is a great challenge without any local knowledge or assistance. When you join our program, we will help you locate Cape Town internship accommodation for the duration of your stay in South Africa. We have partnered with several local housing providers to offer a range of fully-furnished accommodation options suitable to any participant's living needs, as your housing situation is an important factor in the overall enjoyment of your internship experience in Cape Town.
Prior to your arrival in South Africa, we will work closely with you to identify the type of internship accommodation in Cape Town that best suits your needs and budget. Most VACorps participants choose to live in their own room within a fully furnished house or apartment that is shared with other program participants. Some of our older participants or those who prefer living alone will choose more expensive accommodation options in the city center. Either way, our staff will help you find the accommodation option that best suits your living needs.
As a program participant, you will choose from one of the following housing options:
Program Housing Information:
Most VACorps participants select this option because they will get to live with other interns in the program. Our general program housing is located in the colorful and vibrant neighborhood of Observatory, Cape Town. All houses are conveniently located close to grocery stores, restaurants and public transportation. Learn more about Observatory in our Local Lifestyle page.
Program Housing is clean, secure and will give you the opportunity to live with other interns in our program participants. The general atmosphere of Program Housing is friendly and social. When living in Program Housing, you will have your own fully furnished, private room (i.e., No Roommate) and will share the common areas of your house with other participants. When you first join our program, you will receive a program housing document that describes each house in detail. Program Housing is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so participants who join the program well in advance of their intended starting date will often get their first choice of housing.
Private Housing Information:
Participants who choose Private Housing will normally live in an upscale, fully furnished one or two bedroom apartment close to the city centre. These facilities are also fully furnished with modern finishes. Private Housing is anywhere from 2-4 times more expensive than program housing due to the nature of the lease and size of the apartment/house. Leases are negotiated on a monthly basis so you would have to time your stay carefully and arrive as close to the 1st of the month as possible. This housing option would appeal to a participant with a larger budget and a preference for upscale housing.
View the photos in the banner on this page to see what our program housing looks like. We remind you that housing location is a free service to all program participants. Previous participants have been housed in these facilities. Regardless of your housing preferences, we will assist you in locating accommodation that suits your specific needs. Please direct any program housing questions to Sean, our housing coordinator.