Q: What are the housing options at HK PolyU?
A: The Student Halls of Residence comprise eight undergraduate halls and one postgraduate hall. The halls are adjacent to the university campus within 10 minutes’ walk.
Q: What types of facilities are available?
A: All rooms are shared and fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a phone and broadband Internet access. Hall facilities include function rooms, laundry rooms, a dining hall, a swimming pool, a computer room, and a fitness room.
Q: Are linens and towels included?
A: No. You will need to pack or buy your own bedding and towels upon arrival.
Q: What are the housing regulations?
A: Each hall is independently administered by a Hall Warden and assisted by Hall Tutors. The Hall Warden is an academic staff member appointed to provide support to student residents, guidance to hall activities, and enforcement of hall rules. A Hall Tutor, usually a postgraduate student, is assigned to each floor to assist the Hall Warden by serving as the first contact point for student residents and ensuring a peaceful living environment. While regulations may vary slightly depending on your assigned hall, the social climate and personal moral codes are generally conservative. You are expected to abide by all rules and regulations.
Q: Are the rooms cleaned?
A: You will be responsible for cleaning your own room and the common rooms—the cleanliness of these areas will be determined by the cleanliness of the tenants. While the university’s facilities are generally modern and convenient, it takes time to adjust to the new living conditions. The halls are kept in sanitary condition but may not be as clean and well furnished as facilities at UC.
Q: Do I have to live at the HK PolyU Student Residence Halls?
A: It is highly recommended that you live in the halls to get the most out of your experience. However, you may seek permission from HK PolyU to live elsewhere. UCEAP and HK PolyU do not provide assistance with outside housing. It would be your responsibility to research all options and understand the leasing terms.
Q: Can I select my hall and roommate?
A: You can indicate your preferences on your housing application. However, HK PolyU will determine hall and roommate assignments.
How to Prepare
Q: Is a housing application required?
A: You will complete an online housing application as part of your HK PolyU acceptance packet. A final notification about your housing placement will be sent via e-mail prior to departure.
Q: How much does housing cost and how are fees collected?
A: Student Residence Halls cost approximately HK $6,000 per term. You are also responsible for a variety of housing-related fees. This includes a HK $500 refundable deposit (hall caution money) and HK $100/term hall function fee (costs are subject to change). All housing fees are paid in cash or e-payment directly to Hong Kong PolyU via Hang Seng Bank. You will receive more information about housing cost, related fees, and payment methods via e-mail prior to departure.
Students are required to pay the caution money on or before the specified payment due date in the notification e-mail to confirm acceptance of their housing offer. Upon receipt of the caution money, HK PolyU will update the status of the applicant to Provisional Hall Resident. Those who fail to pay this amount will have their residential offers withdrawn.
Provisional Hall Residents will receive an invoice and are required to submit payment by a specified deadline. Once the payment is received, the status of Provisional Resident will be changed to Hall Resident. Students who do not pay their invoice will lose their hall caution money and room.
Q: When do the halls open?
A: The halls usually open one to two days before orientation. If you arrive in Hong Kong before that time, arrange for temporary accommodations in a hotel or with family (if applicable). See the UCEAP program calendar for details.
Q: How do I get from the halls to classes?
A: Most students walk to classes, but you can also take public transportation such as buses.