First Year Experience – HKU

Student Support and Resources

CEDARS, your student service and resources centre, AND your co-curricular learning hub

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students, or more popularly known as CEDARS, provides comprehensive student services such as housing, financial support, visa matters, employment preparation, professional counselling, as well as a spectrum of co-curricular learning and serving opportunities.


Financial Management and Financial Assistance

Government Financial Assistance

Eligible students who need financial support to their university studies are encouraged to apply for the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme and the Non-means Tested Loan Scheme administered by the Student Finance Office. Information is available at:

University Financial Assistance

University funds, available to local students, are in general used to supplement Government Grants and Loans. Applications are invited in early September each year. Emergency assistance is also available throughout the year. For more details, visit:

HKUFresh$3000 is a subsidy (HK$3,000) provided to eligible local full-time undergraduates newly admitted to HKU to cover some of their immediate expenses. Applicants must be in receipt of the HKSAR comprehensive social security assistance prior to their entry into the University. Deadline of application: Sep 21, 2018

The First-in-the-Family Education Fund (FIFE Fund) supports full-degree first year local undergraduate students who are the first generation of university students with financial needs. More details are at:

You will be introduced to all these financial options at CEDARS’ orientation talk “Financing your University Studies”. For more details, please refer to the information sheet in your registration package or you can visit this website:

Residential Halls, Residential Colleges and Student Residences

Halls of Residence are more than just a place to sleep – they form part of a long tradition at the University and are as important to your overall education as your studies. Hall life teaches students to be independent, and gives them the chance to interact with people from different backgrounds under one roof.

HKU has 17 residential halls and residential colleges where students can experience this important part of university life. Each hall has its own history and culture, and students find that as they make new friends there and develop a sense of belonging, it becomes a home away from home. Other accommodation options include non-hall housing and off-campus housing. Please refer to CEDARS-Campus Life website for applications and other information.

Careers and Placement

The  CEDARS-Careers  and  Placement   is   committed   to   nurturing   students to become global talents possessing professional competencies and entrepreneurial mindset. Being the first stop with all-round, high quality co- curricular programmes and placement resources, it supports and empowers students to explore and select suitable career options, acquire key skills for workplace success, pursue a personally rewarding career and make positive impact to society.

It organises recruitment talks and careers events offering a diverse range of graduate and internship positions in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas, and plentiful opportunities for networking with potential employers, seasoned professionals, startup founders and alumni. Its dedicated and professional careers advisors and consultants are eager to support students through career training workshops and one-on-one career advising sessions, on top of other online resources on careers planning and preparation.

Look out for its Daily Jobs & Career Events in your email inbox for upcoming events and opportunities.

Learn more:

Counselling and Person Enrichment

The CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment (CEDARS-CoPE) is committed to empowering students to develop your social capability and  emotional resilience, to capitalise on your character strengths, and to live a fulfilling and psychologically healthy life so that you are able to achieve personal success, overcome life challenges and contribute to the community by demonstrating integrity, sensitivity and leadership.

You are welcome to try Psychometer – the online psychological tests on university adjustment, learning, social life, personality strengths, mental health etc. to gain a better self-understanding and identify ways to achieve a  fruitful university life.  You can also develop your personal profile and use this for setting realistic goals for your university years and make practical plans for self-improvement. Visit to start your journey of self-understanding!

Learn more:


“Peer English Tutoring” is a one-to-one or small group English conversational practice session with a native or near-native English speaking Peer Tutor, jointly organised by the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) and CEDARS.

“Survival Cantonese” provides practice sessions conducted by Peer Tutors to cover 30 essential day-to-day “Survival Cantonese” phrases for non-Cantonese speakers. It is ideal for newly arrived non-Cantonese speakers. This programme is jointly organised by the Chinese Language Centre and CEDARS.

Please stay tuned for email recruitment notices for details or visit

Health and Wellness

University Health Service (UHS) has an on-campus clinic providing health and dental care services to members of the University. Counselling services for students are provided by CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE).

University Health Service (UHS)
2/F and 3/F, Meng Wah Complex
Mon to Fri: 8:40am – 5pm
Sat: 8:25am –  12:45pm
For Appointment:
Medical:  2549 4686
Dental:  2859 2511


CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE)
Room 301-323, 3/F, Main Building
Mon to Thu: 9am – 5:45pm
Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
To make your first appointment, please call 3917  8388, email cedars-cope@ or visit Room 301-323, 3/F, Main Building.
(Directions: cross the footbridge between Library Extension (LE) 2 and Main Building to reach the office.)

Learn more: and

For non-local students, CEDARS publishes a “Guide for Newcomers” and a “HKU Preparatory Guide for Non-local Students”. These publications provide non-local students with handy tips on settling in. Download the online version at: