First Year Experience – HKU

HKU Campus

Smoke-free Campus

HKU is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not allowed on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

Campus Facilities

Amenities Centres

CEDARS manages three amenities centres. The facilities are open for use by students and staff as individuals or groups. Some facilities can be booked online for exclusive use. Priority is given to students, student societies, and student organised activities.

Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre
Room 201, Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre
Tel:  2859 8006
Mon to Fri: 9am – 7pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm
Multi-purpose room, meeting rooms, music rooms, baby care room, shower rooms, exhibition counters, banner sites, student society rooms, supermarket, cafeteria, restaurant
Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre
Room 1A06, Swire Building
Tel:  2548 0074
Mon to Fri: 9am – 7pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm
Multi-purpose rooms, meeting rooms, party room, music rooms, prayer room, lounge, photo studio/darkroom, restaurant, student society rooms, banner site, vCave
Pokfulam Amenities Centre
Rm 207, Pauline Chan Building, 10 Sassoon Road
Tel:  3917 7543
Mon to Fri: 9am – 7pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm
Music room, games room, baby care room, assembly hall/lobby, photocopying corner

Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre

Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre (CYMCC), managed by CEDARS, is located on the 3/F, 4/F and 5/F above the Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre on the Main Campus of HKU.

Yuet Ming Auditorium holding up to 400 seats, is a modern and well-equipped proscenium theatre at HKU, which is designed for drama, dance, band show and screening.

Studio 303 with a capacity of 140 seats, is an ideal performing venue for experimental performances in a variety of art forms, such as drama, dance, musical performance and theatrical workshop.

Exhibition Gallery, located on the 5/F of CYMCC with 134 sq. m. of exhibition area, is an ideal place for student artwork exhibition.

Room 401, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre
Tel: 3917 1281
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Global Lounge

Located on the G/F of Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre and open to all HKU students, the Global Lounge provides a venue for all types of interactions, informal gatherings, and multi-cultural and international activities such as cultural nights, exhibitions, and concerts to take place. The Global Lounge has offered a unique experience to you and has established itself as a hub of students’ social  and cultural life at HKU.

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The HKU Libraries consist of the Main Library and six specialist branch libraries.  The Main Library comprises an all-round collection of materials in arts, humanities, architecture, social sciences, and science and technology. The Libraries also has a rich collection of audio-visual materials and reserve materials, as well as the Special Collections which houses a unique selection of Hong Kong materials, rare books, pamphlets, and microforms. The other six specialist libraries are: Dental Library, Fung Ping Shan Library, Lui Che Woo Law Library, Music Library, Tin Ka Ping Education Library and Yu Chun Keung Medical Library. The Libraries provides photocopiers and laser printers for users to make a copy of documents for the purposes of research, private study, criticism or review. Located on the 3/F of the Main Library, Level 3 is a learning commons style facility providing a variety of spaces suitable for different learning styles including reflective self-study as well as collaborative study.

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Learning Spaces

A variety of spaces are provided for individual and self-paced learning in the Learning Commons. These include quiet study areas, reading and lounging areas and individual workstations. Collaborative learning spaces are provided in the form of group study rooms, more traditionally styled work tables as well as diner booth style places that are well suited to group interactivity.

The Learning Commons is a campus hub equipped with modern learning facilities that encourages and facilitates individual and group study.

  • Chi Wah Learning Commons: podium levels of Centennial Campus
  • The Oval: 1/F of Knowles Building
  • The Curve: 1/F and 2/F of K.K. Leung Building
  • The Lounge: 2/F of the Main Building

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Sports Facilities

Apart from offering a wide range of sports and fitness programmes, the Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE) also manages the following sports facilities:

  • Flora Ho Sports Centre, Lindsay Ride Sports Centre and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool on Pokfulam Road
  • Stanley Ho Sports Centre, Henry Fok Swimming Pool at Sandy Bay
  • 3 Fitness Centres in Lindsay Ride Sports Centre, Henry Fok Health and Fitness Complex and the ACTIVE (Centennial Campus)
  • Tennis courts at High West on Pokfulam Road and Robert Black College

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Computing and Network Facilities

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides comprehensive information technology services at HKU such as HKU Portal, procedures on connecting to HKU Campus Network and email service etc.

You may visit ITS Service Desk on the 1/F of Library Building (Old Wing) or send email to for assistance in using the central computing and network services.

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Daily Life Necessities


All full-time undergraduate students can apply for one traditional student locker for use in each academic year. The annual rental fee is $300. Eligible students will receive an email notification of the bidding exercise in August. Alternatively, eligible students may apply for an e-locker on short-term basis. The rental fee is $1 per hour. The e-lockers can be used up to 7 days. The application and payment of e-lockers will be supported by HKU mobile app.

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Shuttle Bus Service

The Estates Office operates shuttle bus service for students to travel among various campuses and offices. The service is restricted to HKU students and staff only, thus passengers are required to present their student/staff cards for identification purpose.

Learn more: services/shuttle-bus-service

KMB Fare Saver Kiosk

KMB Fare Saver Kiosk is located at the bridge linking K.K. Leung Building and Knowles Building. By swiping your Adult/Student Octopus card, you can enjoy a $2 fare rebate within three hours of taking a bus trip.


The majority of banks are closed on Saturday afternoons and public holidays. There are two banks on Main Campus, with details as follows:


G/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus
Tel: 2233 3000
Mon – Thu: 9am – 4:30pm Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm Sun: Closed

Bank of East Asia

Shop P0030, G/F, Centennial Campus
Tel: 2211 1333
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

Sat and Sun: Closed

You will also find it convenient to have an ATM card in order to withdraw money. The HSBC ATM card can be used interchangeably in the hundreds of ATMs located in MTR stations, branches of HSBC and the Hang Seng Bank throughout Hong Kong. There is an annual charge for the ATM card. There are also hundreds of ATMs under the JETCO system located throughout the territory. There are a few ATM machines on campus, respectively located at the Haking Wong Podium, Run Run Shaw Podium and on Centennial Campus.


The nearest wet market is the Shek Tong Tsui Market (about 10-minute walk from Hill Road).

There is one mini PARKnSHOP located on the 2/F of Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre. A larger International by PARKnSHOP can be found on 37-47 Bonham Road (about 10-minute walk from the Main Campus). Nearby a Wellcome can be found on 62 Bonham Road. Another larger Wellcome Superstore is at the Westwood (8 Belcher’s Street).


The University bookstore (Swindon Book Co. Ltd) (Tel: 2546 8412) is located on the G/F of Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus. Textbooks, stationery and books for leisure reading are for sale.

The Hong Kong University Press Bookshop (Tel: 3917 7815) is located on the G/F  of Run Run Shaw Heritage House (next to the Visitor and Information Centre), Centennial Campus.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union (HKUSU) also operates a co-op store selling stationery and souvenirs. It is located at the 1/F of the Composite Building.


In addition to the facilities in your faculty, there are a few areas, with photocopying machines available for general use:

  • 1/F and 2/F (CPD-1 and CPD-2) of the Chi Wah Learning Commons (LC)
  • The Main Library and branch libraries (Octopus-card operated photocopying machines are available in each library. Library patrons should observe the copyright ordinance when making photocopies for research or teaching purposes.)
  • The Oval, 1/F, Knowles Building
  • Room 420, 4/F, Knowles Building (Knowles Digital Centre Ltd.)
  • Union Photocopy Centre, 1/F, Composite Building
  • Shops along Bonham Road and Pokfulam Road (They provide reliable services at reasonable price. Some of them even offer binding services.)

Postal Services

There is a letterbox on Main Campus situated on the LG 2/F of Knowles Building. The nearest Post Office is Sai Ying Pun Post Office (27 Pokfulam Road, Tel: 2546 2396), 5-minute walk from the east gate of Main Campus.

Postage varies with weight and destination. Visit for details.

Baby Care Rooms

Facilities such as washrooms with baby-changing table at all amenities centres,  and baby care rooms at Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre and Pokfulam Amenities Centre are available to parent students, staff and visitors during their time on campus.


Local newspapers and magazines are available at the Office of The Hong Kong University Students’ Union (HKUSU), as well as the Main Library, Dental Library, Yu Chun Keung Medical Library, and the Lui Che Woo Law Library.

Level 3 of the Main Library keeps current issues of both local and overseas newspapers. Back copies for the latest month are kept in AV Collection on the 1/F  of the Main Library. You may also access online news collections subscribed by the Libraries through the Library website at

Please refer to the Main Campus and Sassoon Road Campus maps at


The Amenities Centres offer local fax services to all students, though charges may be levied. Some stationery shops and printing companies around campus also provide fax services.

Public Phones

Public phones on the campus: Paid public phones for local/IDD Calls on the campus:

–  1/F, Meng Wah Complex

–  Run Run Shaw Podium

–  G/F, K.K. Leung Building

–  G/F, Main Building

–  P4, P5 and P6, Graduate House


–  LG 1/F, Library Building (New Wing)

–  1/F, Robert Black College

–  P4, Graduate House

–  UG/F, Knowles Building

–  G/F, Haking Wong Building

–  G/F, Main Building

–  Run Run Shaw Podium

University Health Service

The University Health Service (UHS) provides the following services for eligible students:

  • Primary medical care on 2/F, Meng Wah Complex. Preventive, elective and expensive items are provided at a charge.
  • Dental service on 3/F, Meng Wah Complex at a charge.
  • Physiotherapy service (upon the referral of UHS physicians) at a charge.
  • Health education
  • Where appropriate, referral to public specialist out-patient clinics or public hospitals.*

Students unable to attend any scheduled appointments should notify the UHS reception as soon as possible. For dental, physiotherapy, medical checkup, Travel Health Clinic and long consultation appointments, at least 24 hours’ notice must be given for any cancellation, or else a penalty fee would be charged.

Students’ family members are not entitled to the UHS services.

Learn more:

General Enquiries 3917 2501
Medical Appointments 2549 4686
Dental Appointments/ Enquiries 2859 2511
Web Appointment Booking

* Notes for students who need specialist care and hospital care in government clinics and hospital

  • If you are a Hong Kong citizen, you will be charged at public rate.
  • If you are not a Hong Kong citizen, you may be charged at private rate. You should, therefore, purchase appropriate and adequate private medical and hospital insurance covering the whole period of your stay in Hong Kong.