Student Exchange

Exchange students can choose to live on- or off-campus.  In order to integrate more fully into the University experience, you are encouraged to live in on-campus dormitories.  For students who decide to live in on-campus housing, you will be notified of the application details after you are formally admitted for studies at HKBU.

If you choose to live off-campus, it will be your responsibility to make housing arrangements either before or after arrival in Hong Kong.  Please note that often times, off-campus housing is more expensive than on-campus housing.  Also, places closer to campus are normally quite difficult to acquire and often cost much more than those farther away.  You should begin searching right away and prior to your arrival.  And because of the high demand of on-campus dormitories, once you have decided to live off-campus, it will not be possible for us to entertain your later request to live in on-campus dormitories.  Please do keep this in mind when you make your decision as to whether you should be accommodated on- or off-campus.

For Undergraduate Exchange Students
Undergraduate exchange students are housed in the University's 21-storey Undergraduate Halls on the Baptist University Road Campus (BURC). The Undergraduate Halls are composed of the South Tower and the North Tower providing some 800 rooms. Majority of the rooms accommodate two students and are air-conditioned (separately controlled in each room). For each occupant, the provision includes one bed, closet, desk and shelf, one chair, and one LAN point and wifi connected to the University's network system.

Linens (sheets, pillows, towels, etc.) are the responsibility of the individual occupant. Please bring your own or buy them in Hong Kong. Every two rooms share a common restroom and shower facility. There is no telephone in the bedroom, but you can use the public telephones at the common areas of the Halls. Other facilities include a common lounge (with a small pantry & kitchenette) on each floor, a music/TV room, a multi-purpose room, a table tennis room, a computer room, a gym room, a study room, and a laundry area.

You may indicate your preference to stay on a single-gender floor or a co-ed floor. Your preference will be considered as far as possible subject to availability.

The rate schedule for a double occupancy room in the Undergraduate Halls is as follows:  

Undergraduate Halls 2016/17 HK$ US$*

 1st (Fall) Semester

29 August - 29 December 2016 (12:00 noon)

6,869 886

 2nd (Spring) Semester (For students continuing from 1st (Fall) Semester)

29 December 2016 - 25 May 2017 (12:00 noon)

8,277 1,068

 2nd (Spring) Semester (For new students admitted in 2nd (Spring) Semester)

4 January 2017 - 25 May 2017 (12:00 noon)

7,939 1,024

* US$1 is roughly pegged to HK$7.75.

Additional Fees:



Caution Money
(refundable upon completion of the housing period less charges due to the loss or damage to hall properties)

Fees for Activities Organized by Hall Councils
(HK$50 for 1 semester, HK$100 for 2 semesters)
HK$50.00 or
Stored-Value Card
(issued upon check-in for in-room controlled air-conditioning and laundry)
TOTAL HK$1,150.00 or HK$1,200.00

Students are expected to pay room rates, in full, on a semester basis. Monthly payments are not accepted. Room fees are not refundable.

Air conditioning (A/C) expenses are not included in the accommodation fees. Students sharing rooms will be equally responsible for the amounts at an average of HK$ 850 (US$ 110) per student per month (calculated on a 24-hour usage).

For Postgraduate Exchange Students
Depending on occupancy, postgraduate students will either be housed (i) in the Dr. Ng Tor Tai International House (NTT) on campus, or (ii) off-campus. The NTT offers a "Semester Accommodation Package" to full-time HKBU students. Application details will be announced to admitted exchange students. You may also see the webpage of off-campus accommodation for other housing opportunities.

The University does not operate any meal plan, mandatory or optional. Students can dine where they want, on or outside campus. There are several canteens and two full-service Chinese restaurants on the university campuses. Cost per meal in the canteens ranges from HK$30 (~US$4) up.