HKUST is ranked No.1 in Hong Kong (globally 19th) in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 by Subject: Engineering & Technology.
Student Guide for New RPgs
Overseas research postgraduate students
The following websites provide useful information for helping non-local students with pre-arrival and settling in at HKUST. You may also contact your department/program office or the Global Student Programs Office for further assistance:
Public transportation in Hong Kong is very efficient. You can get to HKUST by taxi, the MTR, or bus from airport easily. The map shows you the main routes connecting Kowloon and Hong Kong Island to our campus.
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the easiest way for visitors to get around Hong Kong. Tickets can be purchased from machines in the stations on a trip-by-trip basis or you can purchase multi-use Octopus cards at MTR ticket windows (For more information you can discuss with either information center of the airport or MTR staff in the airport station).
The Choi Hung (green line in the location map) and Hang Hau (Purple line in the location map) MTR stations are the closest to the University. You can take a minibus or taxi from these to the main entrance of HKUST (For details about the bus and minibus numbers, check out the relevant section below).
Taxis provide the simplest way to get to the University, and are easily available at any MTR station, from hotels and most areas of Hong Kong. You can take a taxi with a fare of around HK$300 from the airport, HK$50 from Choi Hung Station and HK$40 from Hang Hau Station. Note that only HK dollars will be accepted by the taxi driver.
Print a copy of the map and bring it with you in case you need to show the route or University name and address in Chinese to the taxi driver.
Buses from the airport
Lam Tin MTR Station
06:00 - 00:10
12 - 26 mins
Po Lam Public Transport Interchange
07:00 - 23:50
20 - 40 mins
Po Lam Public Transport Interchange
00:15 & 01:10 (Overnight service)
Buses/minibuses to HKUST
From Choi Hung MTR Station
From Hang Hau MTR Station
11, 11M, 11S
From Po Lam MTR Station
Applicants who have accepted the offer of admission should visit the website of the Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO) for the latest information on application for postgraduate student accommodation.
Upon arrival at HKUST, head directly to your assigned hall for check-in. Check-in usually starts at or after 2pm on the day stated on your hall offer unless otherwise specified. The hall offices are open 24 hours for check-in.
Remarks: Hall charges for the residential year are payable in two installments, which are paid in advance and are non-refundable. You can log into the Student Information System (SIS) to view your hall charges and payment due date after completing student registration procedures.
The Student Affairs Office (SAO) supports students' pursuits for academic excellence and competencies development in their university education. SAO provides services and programs to students in all aspects of their student life, and work closely with student groups in enriching the campus life for students.
The Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO) is responsible for managing student housing and assisting students in finding off-campus accommodation. It handles all matters relating to student housing such as hall application and admission, room allocation, and management of residential facilities.
Exercise and recreational activities can provide balance to your university life and help promote social bonding in the university. There are plenty of sports and recreational facilities in the campus that serve the purpose.
The Center for the Arts (CFA) aims to bring art and culture to the university, nurture students’ artistic awareness and appreciation of the cultural arts. A wide array of art and cultural programs are introduced through the Center for the Arts and the Co-curricular Programs.