Rondebosch East is primarily a residential suburb. It is close to excellent schools and the University of Cape Town. Predominantly English-speaking at one time, it has become increasingly integrated and remains a reliably liberal constituency. The university is considered one of South Africa's finest, as are prestigious local schools: Diocesan College (Bishops), Rondebosch Boys, Rustenburg Girls, Westerford and St Joseph's College. Property here is generally more affordable than its more established neighbours Rondebosch and Newlands.