Top 26 universities in South Africa: Rankings & Acceptance rate

  1. University of Cape Town logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1874
  2. University of Stellenbosch logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1918
  3. University of Pretoria logo
    Enrollment
    56,483
    Male:Female
    42:58
    Founded
    1908
  4. University of the Witwatersrand logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1922
  5. University of South Africa logo
    Enrollment
    420,000
    Male:Female
    36:64
    Founded
    1873
  6. University of KwaZulu-Natal logo
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    2004
  7. North-West University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    96%
    Enrollment
    26,439
    Male:Female
    42:58
    Founded
    2004
  8. Rhodes University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    8,200
    Founded
    1904
  9. University of Johannesburg logo
    Enrollment
    49,910
    Founded
    2005
  10. University of the Western Cape logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    18,720
    Male:Female
    40:60
    Founded
    1959
  11. University of the Free State logo
    Enrollment
    37,000
    Founded
    1904
  12. Cape Peninsula University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    2005
  13. Tshwane University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    2003
  14. Durban University of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    2002
  15. Nelson Mandela University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    2005
  16. University of Fort Hare logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1916
  17. University of Limpopo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1959
  18. University of Venda logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1982
  19. Central University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    12,639
    Male:Female
    52:48
    Founded
    1981
  20. Walter Sisulu University logo
    Enrollment
    27,039
    Male:Female
    43:57
    Founded
    2005
  21. University of Zululand logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1960
  22. Vaal University of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1966
  23. Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University logo
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    2014
  24. Mangosuthu University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    9,540
    Male:Female
    47:53
    Founded
    1979
  25. University of Mpumalanga logo
    Founded
    2014
  26. Sol Plaatje University logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    2013

The best cities to study in South Africa based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.

Average cost of living for students in South Africa is $373 + $62-443 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).