Updated: Jul 29
Here at 'Go studying Abroad' we look at hints and tips for international students who wish to study Abroad in Hong Kong - Today's topic is 'Camps Accommodation in Hong Kong Universities - What you need to know and things you must look out for'.
I suppose, before jumping into the pros and cons, the University accommodation I am referring to is PolyU University, Hong Kong.
Therefore, other universities may have different policies, however after residing in 5 different dormitories within Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. The general rules seem to be similar.
However, for the purposes of this post, we will look at Hong Kong specifically.
1. Specifically for PolyU, the accommodation was within a convenient location. From the dormitory to the classroom, it usually took around 15 minutes to walk there. Furthermore, the journey was all ‘undercover’ by that I mean, there is no need for an umbrella, to protect you from the rain or sun, so in case you forget to pack an umbrella in your bag, (in which you will need in rainy season) you can easily go back home to retrieve it.
2. The student dormitory has its own swimming pool, gym, dance studio, prayer room and social area. This is great! It can save you money as well as save you time finding alternatives off-campus.
3. Referring back to location: PolyU accommodation is a 5 minute walk from the closes metro, which is a 10 minute ride to central district (where the top shops, clubs, bars and entertainment are located)
4. Lastly, if you like to party! (I did) then there is a night bus which operates every 30 minutes for 24 hours and stops at PolyU University (15 minute ride on the bus) Meaning you can always get home if you miss the last train.
1. 24 hrs of the day there is a warden inside the accommodation monitoring that no external guests can enter. This can be annoying if you have a friend outside of University who you want to invite inside.
2. If you are thinking that you can sneak past the warden, there is a second barrier, every person who lives there has a student ID which must be scanned to open the gate, therefore if they don’t have an ID card they will set off a noise. See what I mean, sneaking inside is difficult.
3. Depends on how you like to live, will depend as to whether this is a positive or negative: most rooms are for two people, I.e there are no separate rooms. Personally, I prefer my own room, but I was lucky as the girl who I was supposed to share a room with dropped out of university in the first week so I had the room to myself.
4. Aircon - pay as you go: personally this may not be a problem. But if you are a student, you tend to skimp on using the AC, I would of preferred the AC being included and paid at the start, but when it’s on a pay as you go basis I tended to feel bad to put it on. On the plus side, it is good for the environment but on the downside, it can get very expensive, especially if you keep it on all day and forget to turn it off.
5. This was not a problem for me, but maybe for others. If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend in the accommodation, (you have got around the rule of no guests) the next issue is that no person of the opposite sex is allowed in your room after 11. We are told the penalties are strict, however, talking to friends in the dormitory, what I gather is that the wardens do not seem to enforce this rule as strict as the 'no external guests ‘ rule.
So there you have it, overall I think there are more positives for living in the dormitory. However it is all about personal preference.
What are your thoughts? Is it better to be on campus or off?