Residential places on campus for postgraduate students are limited and in great demand. Admission to the University does not guarantee accommodation, and the acquisition of which remains to be the responsibility of each individual student. It is therefore in the interest of overseas applicants to make accommodation arrangements before they arrive. Off-campus accommodation near the University is expensive and students using it will need to budget for extra costs. Applicants are advised to consult the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) for advice, and information is also available from the CEDARS website. CEDARS offers assistance to students looking for rental accommodation in the open market.
Student Housing is provided exclusively for postgraduate students*** at the following locations, with online application through the CEDARS website.
The University has 13 halls of residence, which mainly accommodate full-time undergraduate students; only a small percentage of places are assigned to postgraduate students in each Hall. Applications are held in April for current students and August for new students. For details, please refer to Academic Support and Examinations Section of the Registry.
The University has four Residential Colleges on Lung Wah Street, Kennedy Town, providing 712 single rooms, 526 double rooms and 36 disabled rooms for 1,800 local, mainland and overseas students. It is targeted that 50% of places would be offered to postgraduate students. The colleges allow students to engage with the community and provide opportunities for in-depth academic and cultural exchange. For more information, please refer to the Residential Colleges website.
***Only research postgraduates and taught postgraduates programmes supported by the Hong Kong Government are eligible to University housing.
The Libraries consists of the Main Library and six branch libraries. They provide access to a collection, in print and electronic formats, honed for the teaching, learning, research, and knowledge exchange pursuits of the University. The Libraries' strong and comprehensive collections contain rare books, cover a total stock of 2.99* million bound volumes, a substantial holding of audio-visual items and a rich and rapidly expanding collection of e-resources, including 112,893* e-journal subscriptions, 3.53* million e-books and 869* e-databases.
The branch libraries for Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Education, and Music are located adjacent to the teaching departments which they support. The Yu Chun Keung Medical Library has a stock of over 229,776* volumes with extensive collections on biomedical and health sciences. The Lui Che Woo Law Library has a total stock of about 136,678* volumes, with emphasis on Commonwealth law materials and the PRC and Southeast Asian jurisdictions. The Dental Library is located at the Prince Philip Dental Hospital comprises a stock of over 59,108* items. The Education Library is located on the eighth floor of Meng Wah Complex and has a stock of over 65,459* volumes, with vast collections on teaching support and curriculum materials. The Music Library on the eleventh floor, Run Run Shaw Tower has a stock of over 37,386* volumes including bound periodicals, scores and audio-visual items.
Additional information on the Libraries can be found at http://lib.hku.hk.
(*as at 30 June 2014)
Postgraduate Student Association (PGSA)
The PGSA, formed in 1993, is an organisation run by and for postgraduate students. The Association aims to enrich postgraduate life at HKU by encouraging social and academic events for postgraduates and by taking an active interest in their welfare. It is independent of the University and the Students' Union and is open to all postgraduate students, both part-time and full-time, regardless of the course undertaken.
The Association derives its income from a small membership fee, which covers the duration of a student's course. It organises regular activities such as Sports Days, parties, lectures of special interest to postgraduates, and film shows. Notices regarding the Association and its events are posted in the Graduate House, on the PGSA bulletin board and on the computer bulletin board hku.research.postgrad.
All the events and registration information can be found at: www.pgsa.hku.hk.
University Health Service
The University Health Service (UHS) provides quality primary care and health education on campus to enhance the physical and psychological health of the University community. The clinical services UHS provides include medical consultation, nursing care, vaccination, physiotherapy service, dental service, etc. Besides general consultations, a number of special clinics are run to provide preventive care such as general check-up, screening for a certain diseases, individualized health advice, vaccination plan, etc.
At the start of each academic year, the UHS organizes a comprehensive Health Orientation Programme for new students. A series of introductory talks and health education seminars are conducted to help new students embark on a healthy university life. Blood tests and vaccinations are provided for special groups of new students with high occupational risk. Other vaccination campaigns and health education activities are organized throughout the year to keep our students healthy and well-informed on different health issues. Additional information on the University Health Service can be found at: http://www.uhs.hku.hk/index.php