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Further information for non-local applicants

Preparations for studying in Hong Kong

Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, students need to prepare and pay attention to the following matters:

Student visa for study in Hong Kong
Admission documents for the OUHK
Travel insurance (if applicable) and other insurance documents
Cash to pay for the cost of living in Hong Kong
Passport photos for applying relevant documents
Clothing suitable for the Hong Kong's climate
Daily necessities
  Visa arrangement

Student must apply for a student visa in accordance to the Immigration Ordinance of the Hong Kong SAR Government. The University will provide a personal guarantee for the visa, and assist in the application to be submitted to the Immigration Department for approval. Relevant fees for visa application should be paid by the student. Approval of student visa may take about eight weeks.

For details, please refer to the Immigration Department webpage at http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/study.html


The OUHK is a metropolitan university located in downtown and does not have boarding facility. The list of hotels and guesthouses licensed by the Hong Kong government is given in the Office of Licensing Authority webpage at http://www.hadla.gov.hk/en/hotels/search_g.html.

Off-campus accommodation:
Several creditable off-campus accommodation operators are shortlisted for reference. OUHK students have been staying in the following shortlisted accommodations in recent years,

Name Feature Website
Located in Shum Shui Po
Convenient location
Centralizedly managed
Safe and reliable
Relatively high-priced
Contented Living
Located in Mongkok and Shatin
Decentralizedly managed
Moderately priced
Relatively spacious
Located in Hung Hom
Near the OUHK
Centralizedly managed
Safe and reliable
Limited space


Medical service

    Upon successful application of a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID card), non-local students are eligible for public health care provided by the Hong Kong Government. Depending on individual needs, students are advised to arrange health insurance for the whole period of stay before arriving Hong Kong.


Financial matters

    Upon arrival, students are advised to open a bank account to handle their finance matters. Identification documents such as passport are required to open a bank account. There is a branch office of a local bank in the Main Campus.


Currency exchange

    Student can exchange foreign currency according to the daily exchange rates at any banks or money exchange shops in Hong Kong.

Life in Hong Kong



    Hong Kong is in the sub-tropical climate region. Winter is cool with temperature around 15-20 °C. In summer, it is hot and humid with temperature around 25-30 °C. For more information about the climate in Hong Kong, please refer to the Hong Kong Observatory website (http://www.weather.gov.hk/contente.htm).



    Hong Kong is an international city with worldwide cuisine. The canteens in the Main Campus and Jockey Club Campus serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to staff members or student ID card holders with discounts. In addition, there are various dinning and shopping facilities in the Ho Man Tin Plaza nearby the campus.



    Public transportation in Hong Kong is very convenient. There are bus, mini-bus, taxi and train services covering most of the regions in Hong Kong. Fare for various transportations can be paid by a store-value smart card, the Octopus Card.



    Mobile phones are very popular in Hong Kong. In addition to monthly plans offered by different mobile operators, students can also use pre-paid phone cards for different mobile services including data services and long-distance calls. Students can shop around for mobile services suitable for their daily communications.

Modified Date: Oct 30, 2018