Smuts Hall Residence

Smuts Hall Residence, known as Men’s Residence until 1950, was established in 1928 as a residence at the University of Cape Town. The residence was renamed Smuts Hall in memory of one General Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950). Today, Smuts Hall is a recognized national monument and is the premier men’s residence, situate on the university’s upper campus, housing 234 young men.

Famous Smutsmen to have stayed in this residence include Neville Isdell (Chairman of WWF and former CEO of Coca-Cola International) and Mark Shuttleworth (the first African in space) who are but a few of the prominent figures to have graced the corridors of Smuts Hall.The residence is centered on building a strong spirit of brotherhood and creating a network of alumni with the aim of helping young men develop unfailing character in a culturally diverse society. The House Committee, warden and subwardens aim to achieve this through different sporting codes, cultural disciplines, social development events and academic pursuit.

Another prominent feature that Smuts Hall offers is an incredible view of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. If you are lucky enough to reside in a City facing room, you will get to enjoy the best of this view.

Define a Smutsman

“Smutsmen vary vastly in their interests, passions, talents, worldviews, languages and countries of residence; but they are bound together by a shared experience of studying at UCT while living in a space that challenges their preconceptions and expects them to be tomorrow’s leaders.”