• Decision letter issued by HKUST (downloadable on MyStudyAbroad system)
  • Email sent by the Student Housing and Residential Life Office in June confirming your hall allocation, so that you know into which hall to check-in
  • Your university transcripts and other academic records in case you need it for course selection, claiming credits, etc.
  • Your passport with a minimum of six months’ validity
  • Your student visa label issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department
  • Your identity documents such as citizenship card
  • Passport-sized photographs suitable for hall check-in and application for travel visas, etc.
  • Travel/health insurance policy documents (for those whose home institution has obtained institutional insurance waiver from HKUST)
  • Your medical record (if necessary)
  • Photocopies of your passport, identity documents, credit cards, for back-up needs


  • Living expenses vary depending on your lifestyle choices. We recommend that you budget at least HK$20,000 for your living here.
  • Ideally, you should bring a combination of cash, travelers’ checks and credit cards. It is not a good idea to bring large amounts of cash.


The Hong Kong climate is sub-tropical with distinct seasons:

  • Summer (June to August) 26 – 33° Celsius (can rise above 33°C)


It would be prudent to bring a good variety of clothing. Layering is recommended. University buildings and most buildings around Hong Kong are air-conditioned.


Casual dress is appropriate for most university activities, while there will be occasions that call for formal dress such as project presentations. The list below is recommended:

  • Jeans/pants
  • T-shirts
  • Runners
  • Sandals
  • Dark-colored suit
  • Dress shirt, tie and dress shoes (for men)
  • Blouse and dress shoes/pumps (for women)

Other items

  • Bedding (including pillow and blanket) is not provided in student halls as it is categorized as a personal item, so most students bring their own. You can also purchase them easily when you arrive in Hong Kong.
  • Personal hygiene items, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, bath towels, etc., are not provided in student halls. You should bring these items with you.
  • Wifi connection is provided. There are computing facilities throughout the campus, but if you wish to use a computer in your student hall, you should bring a laptop.
  • The voltage in Hong Kong is 220V/50Hz AC. The plugs are three-pin square and you can purchase adaptors in Hong Kong.
  • If you are taking any medication, it is a good idea to bring enough to last at least the first month. That would provide you enough time to source it after you settle in Hong Kong. Before you leave home, it is advisable that you check with your medical practitioner at home to ascertain whether your medication is available in Hong Kong.
  • Please bring an umbrella with you as it sometimes rains hard in Hong Kong.
  • You may bring personal items that would make you feel at home: photos of family and friends, music, etc.


From Hong Kong International Airport

Below are some options for getting to HKUST from the Hong Kong International Airport. If you are carrying a lot of luggage with you, taking the taxi directly to campus is the most convenient option.

Transportation Options:

  • Red taxi (Hong Kong International Airport ⇒ HKUST)
    • Estimated travel time: 45 minutes
    • Estimated cost: HK$360
  • Airport Express (Hong Kong International Airport ⇒ Kowloon Station) + Red taxi (Kowloon Station ⇒ HKUST)
    • Estimated travel time: 25 + 30 minutes
    • Estimated cost: HK$260 + HK$105
  • Bus Number A29 (Hong Kong International Airport ⇒ Po Lam) + Taxi (Red or Green) or Bus Number 91M (Po Lam ⇒ HKUST)
    • Estimated travel time: 100 + 15 minutes
    • Estimated cost: HK$42 + HK$70

From Hung Hom Train Station

If you take the through train that goes directly to Hong Kong from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, you will arrive at Hung Hom Train Station. You can then take the MTR to Hang Hau Station, which is the nearest station to HKUST. Then, take a taxi to the university. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Hung Hom to get to HKUST.


  • Red taxi (Hung Hom Station ⇒ HKUST)
    • Estimated travel time: 30 minutes
    • Estimated cost: HK$160
  • MTR (Hung Hom Station ⇒ Hang Hau Station) + Green taxi (Hung Hau Station ⇒ HKUST)
    • Estimated travel time: 40 + 10 minutes
    • Estimated cost: HK$12 + HK$50


Click here to visit the MTR website for details on fares, routes and journey times.