The YWCT


We are a residence offering accommodation for young women.  We call ourselves The YW.  We have student accommodation and guest accommodation.

The YW

aims, with its student accommodation, to create a homely and family-like atmosphere where all can experience a happy and stable environment.  We therefore require considerate behavior to one another.  It is our policy to, in turn, treat the young ladies as “young responsible adults” in order to help prepare them to face the world with maturity.

Although The YW has moved location over the years, it now resides at the foot of Table Mountain.  The YW Cape Town is a villa-style house accommodating 41 young women in a hostel-type facility in close proximity to many of the learning establishments.  Its location is within easy access to public transport and the Table Mountain cable car, Camps Bay beaches and the popular V&A Waterfront are all easily accessible.

Student Accommodation

is offered to young women between the ages of 18 and 25.  Our residents come from all over Africa to stay at The YW whilst studying and/or working.  The duration of their stay is generally for 10 out of 12 months (1 February to 30 November).

Our aim is to provide safe, value for money accommodation whilst demonstrating caring and support and showing love based on Christian principles thereby enabling young women to be accommodated in a Christian environment.  We also endeavor to offer opportunities for young women to enhance their personal growth.

Our home-from-home accommodation offers single rooms with shared bathrooms.  Breakfast and dinner are provided Monday to Saturday and breakfast and lunch on a Sunday.

Our young ladies need to be willing to become involved in outreach projects.

A life coach interacts with the young ladies, generally once a week.

Guest accommodation

is available to anybody visiting Cape Town on holiday or for business.  Our location is close to the CBD and also close to many tourist attractions, such as Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Signal Hill and many others.  Breakfast is included in the rates and evening meals can be booked at an additional cost on request.

It’s all here at The YW Cape Town.

Message from a current Resident

“I have been living at the YW since 2020. The transition was easy. Since The YW opened their doors for me, I felt at home and that has not changed. During my stay here I have experienced nothing but kindness from management and staff. I have also met interesting people, the most unique with different backgrounds and views of life. Each individual is distinctly different from the other, even if they share the same interests and even though everyone is so different from each other, not once have personalities clashed. I particularly enjoy movie nights with the girls and special dinners prepared by staff and management. But when it comes to accommodation and the social-hopping student it’s also what’s outside that matters. The YW is in the midst of action, a stone’s throw away from local nightlife, and having easy access to shops, gyms and other amenities. This is what I love the most about the YW, including the beautiful garden, where I often go to enjoy the sun and clear my mind.”  (Roschele Wilson, 2020 to present)

Message from an Ex-Resident

“Thank you again for making my time at the YW so amazing. It truly was a home away from home.”  (Lauren Adcock, 2016 to 2019)

Memories from an Ex-Resident

“The “Y” was my very first home in 1972 in South Africa when I arrived in Johannesburg.  I later moved to Cape Town’s “Y” and have been associated with the people there ever since.  Some friendships formed in the “Y” are lasting still today.  Even though my stay in the “Y” is more than 40 years ago, my heart still beats for the fantastic work that is being done in these houses.”  (Insa Kratz now living in the UK)

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