Past Programs Review

What is N.I.C.E.S?

Are you N.I.C.E.S? We think we are! We "Nurture", love "Internationalization", promote "Curiosity" ,are passionate about "Eco-awareness" and love "Sports"! Take a look at these residential programs designed for residents. Explore, dream, discover, and have a great hall life! Look at some of the examples below of what we have achieved. 

N.I.C.E.S are residential programs designed for ALL residents! Let's Explore, Dream, Discover your unique Hall Life Together!

N = Nurture

I = Internationalization

C = Curiosity

E = Eco-awareness

S = Sports programs


Program ‘Nurture’ empowers the residents to make a positive impact to the community through community service projects.

Our first project ‘Barber Service Team’ began in fall 2017. The team of twelve went through one-month hairdressing training, and unleashed their talent by providing haircut service to the senior members of our community. They have served more than 70 seniors in the two service days in fall.

Together with the newly-established Makeup Service Team, the two teams will amplify their care by offering a more all-rounded grooming service in April 2018.

The program also educates the residents the aging issue. In April 2018, students experienced the life of the elderly by putting on the specially designed elderly simulation suit designed by Eldpathy 歷耆者.

The demonstration by 易剪義 on basic haircutting techniques, followed by a practice session for our students and staff, has sowed the seeds of haircut volunteering on campus.


The Hall Language Buddy Program (HLBP) is a program launched by Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRL) to enhance the language and cultural exchange among residents from different parts of the world. It aims to provide a platform for the newly-admitted international undergraduates and incoming exchange residents to adapt to a brand-new environment in the Hall and HKUST.

In 2017, the Hall Language Buddy Program (HLBP) successfully enriched the living and learning experience of over a hundred non-locals and exchange-in residents. The group of selected undergraduate students with diverse background join hands to tailor-make the program for the residents such as Cantonese Language Meetup, "Conqurer the World" - a cultural theme game night etc.

Riding on the precious success, HLPB evolved to our new Cultural Buddy Program that continues to serve as a platform for cultural exchange among hall residents. Join our program to learn more about different cultural diversity.



Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s just so irresistible. The Curiosity Programs, organized by the Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO), aims to provide you opportunities to understand your inner self by delivering a variety of activities.

The Make-up Workshop will give you a quick insight of how to take your beauty to the next level. On the other hand, the Struggle For Survival will give you a completely different experience of living a hand-to-mouth existence.

There will also be High Table Dinner in each semester. The theme is exchange experience and cultural sharing. Don’t miss this chance to meet those adventurous students and hear about their experience far away from home!

More events to follow throughout the academic year! Coffee Appreciation Workshop, Interactive Drama Workshop, Social Etiquette Workshop, you name it. Stay tuned on the HKUST Reslife Facebook page and get ready to excite your curiosity!



The Green Trekker is a program launched by Student Housing & Residential Life Office (SHRLO) in 2015. It offers opportunities to residents, who are passionate in environmental protection, to realize their concepts of sustainability and become leaders to promote a green culture among the hall community. This program aims at enhancing a green culture among the hall communities and projecting a green residential image of HKUST. Last year Green Trekker organized different kinds of activities, including Green Party, Green Christmas Decoration Competition and Recycling Campaign.

The first event of Green Trekker in this residential year is Feel Free to Take Day on 17 & 29 August. During check-out period in May 2016, over 600 items were collected from hall residents during Give and Take Campaign. At the beginning of new residential year, these items were redistributed to students in Feel Free to Take Day. Over 90 per cent items had been taken! We would like thank all residents for your support.

Green Trekker is now recruiting new members for Residential Year 2016-2017. Free green training camp, courses and workshops will be provided to new members. A subsidy will be granted to Green Trekkers, who fulfills all duties in the program, for a study tour to get first-hand experiences in environmental protection. All residents are welcome to join us to build a green community in HKUST.



The SHRL Sports Program aims to provide UG residents a platform to engage in sports activities by organizing a series of inter-hall based competitions and workshops. Competitions consist of tournaments of different sports, while workshops are several one-day introductory courses that invite residents to experience new sports and take part in simple matches. The Program is expected to offer both traditional and emerging sports activities that allows residents to build bonding and explore something different.

FYE Sport Leaders Program

FYE Sport Leaders will be serving as the key organizers in the ResLife “Sport programme” under supervision by staff from Residential Life Team. They are all year 1 students participating in FYE program. Their duties include initiating sport events and competitions for hall residents and cultivating sport atmosphere in the hall community after a series of trainings and team-building activities.