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Tips for new comers

Overseas students may wish to visit CEDARS for more information. 

Local students may apply for the Government's Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for financial support.

CEDARS publishes a e-booklet “A Glimpse of Student Life @HKU for Prospective Students”.  The aim of this booklet is to provide both local and non-local prospective students with information about different services and resources available on campus.  It also gives a glimpse of how life is like being a student at HKU.


Weeks of Welcome (WoW)

A series of induction programmes for both local and non-local prospective students will be held from Aug to Oct and in the second semester of each year. The activities, a mixture of fun, fact-finding, visits and tours, aim to help both local and non-local prospective students get to know about the new environment and people.

Programme highlights:

  • Orientation for Local and Non-local Prospective Students
  • WoW Party
  • HKUSU Fair


For more information, please visit CEDARS.

Visa Formalities

Upon entry into Hong Kong, you should have already activated your student visa and got a permission to stay. You have to extend your student visa if you have extended your study or your limit of stay is shorter than the normal duration of your study programme. If you have any outstanding visa formalities, please consult CEDARS-Campus Life as soon as possible. Non-local students are expected to have a valid student visa before commencement of studies. You also need to inform Hong Kong Immigration Department of any subsequent changes in your study status or programmes. For undergraduates and taught course postgraduates from the Mainland, the contact office is the China Affairs Office (Email:


In case you have not secured an accommodation, CEDARS’ accommodation service may help. CEDARS provides information on both university and privately rented rooms/ flats nearby and advises on tenancy agreement and rights. For details, please visit CEDARS-Campus Life a website.

You can also search for privately rented rooms, flats and even roommates via iMAP.


Adjustment Tips for Non-local Students

Check out what other non-local students say about life at HKU and their tips on settling in at this website.


Buddy Programme

A Buddy Mentor will be assigned to all incoming international undergraduates and exchange students. Your Buddy Mentor will be happy to provide linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at HKU to you. Click here for details.


Eat To-gather  入屋食飯

Eating together as a family is highly valued in the Chinese culture, as it is one of the best opportunities to connect with one another.

In this programme, non-local students will enjoy a homey meal with a local host family to have an authentic taste of the family life in Hong Kong. Beyond the dining table, non-local students will also have the chance to engage in deeper cultural exchange with the host family through different gatherings and outings. Local students are invited to join as “foodmates” of the non-locals in these family meals and gatherings to help promote their integration into the Chinese culture and adaptation to life in Hong Kong.

Enquiry: (Email:


Chinese Language and Cultural Courses

The Chinese Language Centre offers a wide range of highly popular courses, including Cantonese courses for Mainland and foreign students, as well as Chinese language and cultural courses for international students.


Other Activities

Check out here for the following activities throughout the year:

  • City tours and outings
  • Integration programmes
  • Weekend excursions and many more