Hall Application Information for Residential Year 2019/20 (New Non-Local UGs)

Hall Application Period: (TO BE CONFIRMED)



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 2019 and implemented immediately for housing applications for 2019/20. 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 @ $250 $300
Food ^ $3,300 $3,300
Local Transportation $250 $500
Personal Miscellaneous # $1,000 $1,000
Total: $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 2018/19 is shown; Charges for the Residential Year 2019/20 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

Residential Period

Full residential year hall offers are to be offered to successful applicants. Hall offers will be adjusted to 1-term hall residence (i.e. Fall / Spring Term ONLY) subject to students' registration status and eligibility for student accommodation or upon request. Successful applicants who receive a full residential year hall offer but wish to take up only 1-term hall residence may write to ughousing@ust.hk to request for such adjustment AFTER accepting the hall offer.


Periods (both nights inclusive)

Full Residential Year 2019/20 19 August 2019 - 3 June 2020
Fall Term 2019 19 August 2019 - 15 January 2020
Spring Term 2020 25 January 2020 - 3 June 2020


Students are required to arrange other sources of accommodation on their own before and after the offered hall residence. No requests for early check-in or late check-out will be entertained.

Admission Timeline & Procedures
Procedure Dates
Online Hall Application 3 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
Release of Hall Application Results 30 July 2019
Online Acceptance of Hall Offer 31 July 2019 - 3 August 2019
Payment of Hall Charges * To be confirmed


* The University is currently reviewing the payment arrangements and detailed information would be included in the offer letters which would be sent to successful applicants.

Application Period, Application Means & Acceptance of Hall Offer

Application Period

8am, 3 July 2019 - 11:59pm, 12 July 2019 (HK Time)
[for request in change of submitted information, write to ughousing@ust.hk within the application period; requests are subject to approval]

Hall Offer Acceptance Period

8am, 31 July 2019 - 11:59pm, 3 August 2019 (HK Time)

Means of Application & Acceptance of Hall Offer

https://www.ab.ust.hk/applyhall > "Click here to submit application for Regular Residential Year"

Students who fail to submit the hall application within this application period will NOT be considered for student accommodation for the ENTIRE Residential Year 2019/20.
Applicants who receive a hall offer will receive a system generated hall offer acceptance notification email the day after the Hall Offer Letters are sent and they are required to follow instructions to confirm their acceptance of offer online within 3 days. Failure to complete the online acceptance by the deadline will result in cancellation of hall offer without prior notification.

Announcement of Hall Application Results

Hall Application Results will be announced on 30 July 2019 and such result will be sent to applicants' HKUST ITSC email addresses (and their personal email accounts as indicated in their hall applications if their HKUST ITSC email is not available yet).
It is the responsibility of the applicants to check with the Student Housing and Residential Life Office either in person or write to ughousing@ust.hk if they do not receive any notifications by 11:59pm, 30 July 2019.

Hall Charges & Payment

The hall charges for the entire Residential Year 2018/19 for New Non-Local UG students from 19 August 2019 to 3 June 2020 (both nights inclusive) are listed below for reference.


Room Type Available In Charge (HK$)

Double Room
UG Halls I, II, III, IV, VI 18,592
UG Halls VII, VIII, IX 23,068
Triple Room UG Halls II, III, IV, VI 13,977
Bunk Bed Room UG Hall V 15,482


  1. Hall charges listed excludes air-conditioning and laundry charges; the charges listed covers the period from mid-August 2019 to early June 2020. Room type(s) available depends on the hall allocated to successful applicants under the mechanism in the hall policy; there are no room type selection / preferences in the hall application.
  2. Charge for full residential year will be billed in 2 installments; charge for each term / installment are calculated on pro-rata basis.
  3. Hall charges must be paid in FULL and are non-refundable.
  4. The University is currently reviewing the payment arrangement for students. Detailed payment methods and the payment schedule would be announced in due course.
  5. Students with financial difficulty may apply for payment deferment to the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office
Hall & Room Allocation

Hall Allocation

Applicants may indicate a maximum of 3 hall preferences in the housing application. Applicants may refer to the policy or the illustration below on the hall allocation mechanism.





  1. Applicants who opted for UG Hall VII MUST also indicate the preference(s) of Living Learning Communities (LLC).
  2. Applicants who opted for UG Hall VI can opt to join LLC by indicating the LLC preference(s).
  3. Details of the different residential programs are available here.


Room Allocation

There are no room and room type preferences in the online hall application. Room and room type shall be allocated to successful applicants only after allocation of halls. Details on room allocation would be announced in due course.

Off-campus Accommodation Options

If students are interested in living outside of HKUST campus, they may approach the Off-Campus Housing Section of the Student Housing and Residential Life Office at offcamphouse@ust.hk for assistance.
Information on off-campus accommodation is also available online.