Student hall is where it all starts! 

Discover a unique living environment where you will find friendship, be part of a community, and have stories to last a lifetime. 

A melting pot of culture and personalities, hall life will enhance your intellectual abilities and cosmopolitan sensibilities, and offer experiences to define your university years.  

It will be challenging at times, and yet always rewarding. In an atmosphere of respect for others, you will have a healthy study and living space, and with your peers, embark upon a journey you will treasure for life. 

Want to know more? Take a look at our tips on Hall Life.  

Tips on Hall Life: What you should know 

You are now entering what will be a special period of your life. Halls are more than just a place to study, they offer the opportunity to make life long friends and experience a true sense of community. 

Hall residents are expected to be considerate, self-disciplined, respectful of others, and maintain a healthy study and living environment. You will be with students from different countries and cultures, with diverse lifestyles and habits. Embracing respect and diversity is key to self-growth, learning and the common good.

Want to know more? Take a look at our tips below

How to get along with roommates?

Living with roommates with different backgrounds is not a simple task. Efforts need to be made to create a harmonious living environment.

  • Self-Introduction upon Moving-in: Introduce yourself and get to know each other.
  • Work out an agreement:  It is better to share and agree with roommates what you prefer and the “bottom line”.
  • Room Hygiene and Quiet Hours: Keep your room clean and tidy, courtesy hours after 11pm.
  • Mutual Understanding and Respect: Do not assume your roommates have the same habits or lifestyle like yours. Try your best to put your feet in his/her shoes. Have an open conversation with your roommates and make the corresponding adjustment.
How to make hall life more rewarding?
  • Meet your Residence Master, Residential Life Officer and Hall Tutor:  Find out who they are and tell them your expectation.
  • Take part in activities:  Various kinds of activities are organized for you to meet and to learn from your fellow hallmates.
  • Organize activities: Grasp the opportunity to plan events for your fellow hallmates to share and to learn.
How to make hall life safe and secure?

Safety and security is always a major concern and has been accorded with high priority.  Keep the followings in mind to enjoy a safe and secure hall life.

  • Hall Access: Residents can gain access at the main entrance of each Hall by HKUST Card.  You should keep your HKUST card in good condition and report to the Security Centre of University immediately if the card is lost. You maybe asked to show HKUST Card to the staff for identity check.
  • Room Safety: Keep your valuables locked. Do not leave any valuable items unattended to.  Lock your door whenever you leave your room.
  • Visitors: Visitors can visit from 9am to 11pm and must be accompanied by the host resident during the entire visit.  Register your visitor at the Service Counter when entering and leaving the hall.  No overstaying is allowed without prior approval from the Residence Master.
  • Proper Use of Electrical Appliances: Read the instructions carefully to prevent any potential hazards caused by misuse. For example, do not overload or put non-garment into washing machine, proper use of the microwave oven and vacuum cleaner.
  • No-Smoking Campus:  the university is a smoke-free campus. Please respect everybody in the communities.  
Fire Drill Exercise

Fire drill exercise takes place in the beginning of each term, which aims at raising the safety awareness of residents.

In case of fire emergency or fire drill exercise

  • Be familiar with all the fire escape routes in advance. The routes are shown on the floor plan posted below in the Lift Lobby on your floor. Study them carefully and know where to assemble after you evacuate to the open area.
  • Fire alarm bells will sound continuously in case of real fire or fire drill. Upon hearing a continuous alarm, evacuate from the building at once.
  • CO-OPERATE with hall staff and FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS during the exercise.
  • To protect your personal properties, remember to lock up your rooms before you leave. Neither the Hall Management nor the Security Office will be responsible for any loss or damage of personal properties. HOWEVER, in case of REAL FIRE, you should always consider your own SAFETY FIRST.
  • After evacuation, the Fire Drill commander, i.e. your Residential Life Officer will check the resident rooms. Residents found inside the building not participating in the fire drill WILL BE ASKED to show his/her identity and GIVE EXPLANATION.
  • In case you have visitor in the hall at the night of the drill, he or she is ALSO REQUIRED to participate in the fire drill.


Nobody can foretell when a fire will happen. Please take the exercise seriously. Participation is very important as this is to protect your own lives. Do not attempt to stay in your rooms or skip the exercise since it will be useless to regret after an accident happens. If you have any physical problems / serious sickness, please let the Hall Office know so that we can take care of you during the drill.