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Hall Application Information for Residential Year 2018/19 (New Non-Local UGs)
Hall Application Period: 3 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
Non-local undergraduates, i.e. those holding student visas / entry permits to study in HKUST, are provided with on-campus accommodation in their 1st year of study in HKUST whereas University provides accommodation in their 2nd year of study in HKUST. All leaves of absence (e.g. exchange, internship, leave of study, etc.) will be counted towards their first 2 years of study. Priority housing no longer applies after 2 years since admission to HKUST. Accommodation will be offered if they submit their applications AND complete all required procedures by the deadlines which will be announced at later stage.
Non-local undergraduates are NOT guaranteed University housing starting in their 3rd year of study, and they are advised to plan ahead to arrange off-campus accommodation. They should expect to pay HK$5,000 to $7,000 per month to cover their accommodation costs. They may still apply for on-campus accommodation but spaces are extremely limited and allocated according to a weighted lot drawing system or to those who participate in certain group activities. Details of the lot drawing and group activity schemes will be announced by late March 2018 and implemented immediately for housing applications for 2018/19. Students may contact the University’s Off-Campus Housing Section for support in sourcing for off-campus accommodation in the private market.
Below is an illustration of the expected cost of living of a non-local undergraduate:
 HK$ per person per month (approx. estimation) 
 1st 2 years of study
 3rd year or above
 Hall Fee +
 $1,350 - 3,330
 Rent for Off-Campus Accommodation * 
 $5,000 - 7,000
 Utilities @
 Food ^
 Local Transportation
 Personal Miscellaneous #
 $6,150 - 8,160
 $10,100 - 12,100
Disclaimer: The above estimates are for reference only; the actual amount required varies upon individuals' lifestyles and preferences.
Hall charges for 2017/18 is shown; Charges for the Residential Year 2018/19 is expected to increase and is currently under review and pending University approval
Includes a bed space in a shared apartment in the Tseung Kwan O areas or in a village house in the Tai Po Tsai area; more examples of rental cost in other districts are available here
For student halls, the cost generally includes air-conditioning and laundry; For self-arranged accommodation, the cost generally includes shared electricity, water, Internet & cleaning service (if applicable)
Based on the average cost of the catering facilities available on campus (assuming 3 meals per day)
Includes expenses on academic supplies, entertainment, household & other personal items
First-Year Experience @ Residence Program (FYE)
The First-Year Experience @ Residence Program (FYE) is an exciting new initiative for first year HKUST undergraduate students. It is open to approximately 600 new students, local, mainland China and overseas. At the time when you receive your University housing information as a newly admitted non-local undergraduate student, you may elect to participate in this program.
Provision of false / inaccurate information may lead to disqualification and cancellation of the hall applications and associated offers and further disciplinary actions. 
Application is only available for once a year and there will not be new round of applications for student accommodation for 2018/19; students who wish to apply for any residential periods in 2018/19 (e.g. Spring Term 2019 only) or have unconfirmed plans yet shall consider submitting the application form within the announced application period.
Applications are not on first-come-first-serve basis; all applications received during the application period are processed together.
Online system for applications and acceptance of hall offers shuts down sharply after deadline; any actions on submission of application / acceptance form could not be recorded by the system after the system shuts down even the student logged-in to the system before the deadline.
Only application / acceptance forms successfully recorded in the online system will be considered and processed.
Upon successful submission of application / acceptance form in the online system, an acknowledgement email will be sent to the email address(es) provided by the applicant; those who do not receive an acknowledgement email may consider submission of form NOT successful (e.g. late submission, etc.).
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