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3 reasons to study in Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg

By Mon, Mar 19, 2012 2:14PM UTC

Are you wondering what Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg have to offer as university towns? As it turns out, plenty! These three unique cities are renowned for hosting generations of students, hereʼs why…

1. Things to do in your free time

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Sunny Durbs is known for its relaxed atmosphere and warm, golden beaches. Shopping, culture and sports are also high on the cityʼs list of attractions. Beaches to visit include Durban Beachfront, Umhlanga if you like a little more space, and Suncoast for a grassy spot if you prefer to avoid the sand!

If youʼre a shopper, youʼll love Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Pavilion and Westwood Mall (the latter two are practically on IHSʼs doorstep). Durban also has excellent sports facilities and cultural entertainment as well.

Cape Town, Western Cape

Cape Town is a glorious city, named the “top tourist destination in the world” by the 2011 Travellerʼs Choice Destinations Awards. Thereʼs so much to do in your free time, youʼll be spoilt for choice!

Shopping is incredible with huge malls, street stores, local markets, and fantastic factory shopping. Eating out is a pleasure with everything from fine dining to family restaurants, trendy coffee spots, popular bars, fast food chains, and sidewalk cafés.

Must-do Cape Town activities include touring the wine routes, cruising to Robben Island, going up Table Mountain, walking around Kirstenbosch Gardens, and of course, visiting the legendary white beaches with their dramatic mountainous backdrops.

Johannesburg, Gauteng

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Do you thrive on bright lights, late nights and constant city buzz? Johannesburg, called Joburg or Jozi by the locals, is South Africaʼs financial heart. People here walk fast, drive fast, and live fast.

The IHS campus is in Sandton, the business, shopping and entertainment mecca of Jozi. Sandton is packed with attractions like Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, and Montecasino. Itʼs the perfect place to sip espresso, shop for anything and everything you could imagine, and taste cuisines from around the globe. If youʼre keen to learn more about the history of Jozi and South Africa, thereʼs opportunity for that too.

2. Cost of living

The cost of living in South Africa generally works in favour of international students. You can enjoy a high standard of living at a relatively reasonable cost in comparison with Europe, America, or Australia. Durban is one of the most affordable South African cities for everyday living, followed by Cape Town, and then Johannesburg. Food prices are similar between the three, but rent varies from city to city depending where you live.

3. Nightlife

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South Africa has a diverse range of nightlife, especially because of the amazing weather which promotes outdoor activities. Durban nightlife is laid back with a focus on eating out, cocktail lounges, theatre, music gigs, and beach festivals.

Cape Town comes alive at night with restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and a strong cultural element of theatre performances, music events and gallery exhibitions.

Joburg is bursting with vibrant nightlife, especially due to entertainment complexes like Montecasino offering restaurants, movies, live performances and casinos. The city is known for its clubbing scene and big events.

For more information about The International Hotel Schoolʼs campuses in these three awesome university towns, contact us here.

3 reasons to study in Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg

By Mon, Mar 19, 2012 2:14PM UTC

Are you wondering what Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg have to offer as university towns? As it turns out, plenty! These three unique cities are renowned for hosting generations of students, hereʼs why…

1. Things to do in your free time

Photo © Rouzeh on Flickr

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Sunny Durbs is known for its relaxed atmosphere and warm, golden beaches. Shopping, culture and sports are also high on the cityʼs list of attractions. Beaches to visit include Durban Beachfront, Umhlanga if you like a little more space, and Suncoast for a grassy spot if you prefer to avoid the sand!

If youʼre a shopper, youʼll love Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Pavilion and Westwood Mall (the latter two are practically on IHSʼs doorstep). Durban also has excellent sports facilities and cultural entertainment as well.

Cape Town, Western Cape

Cape Town is a glorious city, named the “top tourist destination in the world” by the 2011 Travellerʼs Choice Destinations Awards. Thereʼs so much to do in your free time, youʼll be spoilt for choice!

Shopping is incredible with huge malls, street stores, local markets, and fantastic factory shopping. Eating out is a pleasure with everything from fine dining to family restaurants, trendy coffee spots, popular bars, fast food chains, and sidewalk cafés.

Must-do Cape Town activities include touring the wine routes, cruising to Robben Island, going up Table Mountain, walking around Kirstenbosch Gardens, and of course, visiting the legendary white beaches with their dramatic mountainous backdrops.

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Photo © on Flickr

Do you thrive on bright lights, late nights and constant city buzz? Johannesburg, called Joburg or Jozi by the locals, is South Africaʼs financial heart. People here walk fast, drive fast, and live fast.

The IHS campus is in Sandton, the business, shopping and entertainment mecca of Jozi. Sandton is packed with attractions like Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, and Montecasino. Itʼs the perfect place to sip espresso, shop for anything and everything you could imagine, and taste cuisines from around the globe. If youʼre keen to learn more about the history of Jozi and South Africa, thereʼs opportunity for that too.

2. Cost of living

The cost of living in South Africa generally works in favour of international students. You can enjoy a high standard of living at a relatively reasonable cost in comparison with Europe, America, or Australia. Durban is one of the most affordable South African cities for everyday living, followed by Cape Town, and then Johannesburg. Food prices are similar between the three, but rent varies from city to city depending where you live.

3. Nightlife

Photo © Flickr

South Africa has a diverse range of nightlife, especially because of the amazing weather which promotes outdoor activities. Durban nightlife is laid back with a focus on eating out, cocktail lounges, theatre, music gigs, and beach festivals.

Cape Town comes alive at night with restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and a strong cultural element of theatre performances, music events and gallery exhibitions.

Joburg is bursting with vibrant nightlife, especially due to entertainment complexes like Montecasino offering restaurants, movies, live performances and casinos. The city is known for its clubbing scene and big events.

For more information about The International Hotel Schoolʼs campuses in these three awesome university towns, contact us here.

‘Star Wars’ Characters Try On Fashion Apparel

By Mon, Mar 19, 2012 12:46PM UTC

Hong Kong illustrator John Woo reimagined a world where Star Wars characters got out of their ruts, according to Fast Co. Design. In his ‘He Wears It’ series, Woo illustrated characters—such as Jar Jar Binks, Queen Amidala, and Storm Troopers—in outfits from his favourite brands, such as Junya Watanabe and

An App That Helps You Locate Artworks Around New York Subway

By Mon, Mar 19, 2012 11:46AM UTC

Art enthusiasts in New York will not have to scour their way around the city looking for artworks installed in the subway anymore. There is now an app for that, called the ‘Arts for Transit’ app. Created by the Metropolitan Transport Authority and app firm Meridian, the app tells the

All The Things You Must Have Said To Your Children, In Poster Form

By Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:01AM UTC

Iowa-based artist Nathan Ripperger has come up with a series of humorous yet adorable posters expressing the things he has said to his children. If your words are still not going down well with your kids, perhaps these posters would be more effective? [via Neatorama] TAXI Daily News