Welcome Messages from the Hall Management Section (HMS), SAO

Foreword from the Head of the Hall Management Section

Dear Students,

May I extend my warmest welcome to you all to the PolyU Student Halls of Residence (SHR), which is not only a home away from your home, but also a remarkable place, holding possibly a Guinness record with some 3,200 student residents residing in a single block of hostel premises.

Undoubtedly under the same roof, you will have abundant opportunities to interact and learn from one another. You will also experience many well-acclaimed mass functions, such as the Singing Contest, various sports contests and High-table Dinners, on top of a wide array of hall activities launched on the respective floor level by the hall association.

Hall life resembles a kaleidoscope – on surface it appears so routine, maybe even a bit childish but it makes a difference when you are willing to look inside and experience it with curiosity. With passion, you will notice your hall is indeed a wonderland with colours and surprises.

Last year, Mr. Nick Vujicic, the man without limbs, came to PolyU to share his remarkable life. You can view his clips at

So if a man without limbs can live his life to the fullest, what are you waiting for?

As one of the privileged few being offered a hall place among some 11,000 PolyU’s students, do get yourself prepared to embrace the diversity and differences among your hall mates, be an active participant of hall activities, strive to set up a life-long friendship and etch some fond memories at your golden age in this magnificent Hall !

Wilson Lam
Section Head (Hall Management)
Student Affairs Office

Tutor’s visit

Your tutor will come to visit you in early September and you’re also more than welcome to knock the door of your Tutors http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hall/individual/tutor.html if you come across any problems in the hall and need any assistance. There is a hall tutor on duty every day to help you out.

To facilitate your hall association to call upon you to boost participation of hall activities and solicit your talents/contributions, you’d post your name and preferably with a photo on your door notice board.

Tips to Happy Hall Life

For a hall with this density of student population, we hope you will agree with us the need for upholding Hall Regulations http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hall/member/reggui.html for its orderly operation.

After all, freedom is not the right to do what we want to but what we ought to - Abraham Lincoln.

Privacy Hours between 24:00 and 07:00

To respect the proper resting hours and privacy of your room-mate, please refrain from visiting a student room (opposite gender in particular) during the Privacy Hours between 24:00 and 07:00.

If group works or activities are essential at these hours, please be considerate and do it at the Lounge Area or other public areas in the SHR.

Complaints on misconducts

While you are encouraged to be assertive and work out personal differences and conflicts with your hall mates as a precious learning process, if you witness any misconduct in the Student hall, you have two reporting channels:

  • approach your Warden/tutors direct, or
  • report to Hall Security Control (ext. 0099)

All information provided will be treated in strict confidence.

Noise nuisance
After 23:00, especially at small hours, please be considerate and keep your noise low if you wish to stay in the Garden next to the Hall or walk through the cross-road to the Whampoa area (as shown in the pictures below)

A small change in one’s personal hygiene habits, a big leap to civilization

Cultural Adaptation

Adjusting to a new culture and environment is a normal process and can generate a wide variety of reactions and feelings. Some stages in the adjustment process have been identified and are described below. Even though the adjustment process is described as a number of successive stages, not all people go though each stage and not necessarily in the order mentioned. Also, the stages, when experienced, can last different lengths of time for different people, and sometimes people cycle through these stages more than once.

The Honeymoon Stage

This is usually the first stage experienced after arrival to a new culture. In this stage, everything seems exciting and new. The focus is on the sense of success in being in the new culture; curiosity and interest in the novelty of the new surroundings; and an appreciation and anticipation of the opportunities to be found in the new culture.

Most people feel energetic and enthusiastic during this stage.

The Culture Shock Stage

In this stage, the primary focus is on the differences between one’s home culture and the new culture and the conflicts that arise due to these differences, including:

  • the norm local students using Cantonese rather than English
  • not being sure how to interact with people in authority
  • not having a clear idea of how to make friends with people from different cultures
  • not being understood when you express yourself in your usual way
  • finding the living habits different with roommate
  • finding that some people in the new culture are impatient when you don’t understand things right away
  • finding that some people are prejudiced against others from different cultures

The conflicts may be with other people or internal – in terms of one’s own values, habits and preferences when contrasted with the norms and expectations of those from the new culture. Feelings that accompany the culture shock stage may include: confusion, anxiety, homesickness, anger and the following:

  • feeling anxious
  • feeling homesick
  • feeling angry
  • feeling lonely
  • feeling helpless
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • feeling fearful for your safety
  • feeling unsure of yourself
  • feeling less competent
  • feeling you don’t belong
  • feeling fearful of the unknown and unfamiliar
  • feeling confused about which values you wish to live by

The Recovery Stage

After having spent some time in the new culture, people begin to resolve some of the conflicts they may have experienced and also begin to regain a sense of appreciation that they might have experienced in the first stage. They have learned more about the new culture and are able to have a better understanding of external and internal resources that help in managing demands and conflicts that might arise. Feelings typical of this stage are a mixture of the first two stages.

The Adaptation Stage

This stage consists of people developing a realistic understanding of the similarities and differences between their home cultures and the new culture, so that they have clearer ideas about what they like and dislike in each. Many people move in the direction of becoming “bicultural” i.e. being able to value and appreciate the aspects of both cultures that they wish retain or include in their lives. This stage may be characterized by a sense of confidence, maturity, flexibility and tolerance.

Tips for Successful Cultural Adaptation

Social Skills

  • You are always welcome to approach your Warden and hall tutor for a talk and sharing
  • Learning about and becoming familiar with the HK culture and understanding the social customs here can help with smoother interactions with peers and teachers. This can be immensely helpful in the adaptation process
  • Spend time listening and talking to fellow students and other people from HK or mainland China
  • Check with others if you are unsure about appropriate behavior, language use etc.
  • Find someone who you feel comfortable with, who can help you understand the HK culture better (e.g. a local buddy and other international students)

Emotional Support

Sometimes the lack of familiar support systems – family and friends – can result in feelings of stress and loneliness that can make the entire adaptation process feel burdensome. It is therefore a good idea to:

  • Find people with whom you can share your feelings and experiences
  • Develop a support network of people who understand your experiences
  • Stay in contact with friends and family back home via Skype or emails
  • Balance work and recreation in your everyday life
  • Seek professional support from SAO counselor at ST314, hotline 2766 6800

[Source: http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=133]

KaiYuan HallHall Website Link

Welcome to Kaiyuan Hall !

Warden of Kaiyuan Hall
Dr. Linda Fan
Associate Professor, BRE
Warden Office: Room 1768

    Hall life is important to the university education that it contributes significantly towards the all-round development of students, and provides them a good opportunity to learn, live together with residents coming from different cultural backgrounds.
    Kaiyuan Hall always “emphasizes the creation of a harmonic environment to all the residents… and aims at creating a unique living and learning community in the hall environment. Kaiyuanians are not only committed to academic excellence, but they have also built up the culture of mutual learning through different self-initiated or coordinated hall events.” (Johnny Tang)
    The Hall Warden, Tutors and members of Kaiyuan Hall Students’ Association are friendly and committed to promote and develop sense of belonging and responsibility among the Hall Students who are coming away from their familiar living environments and shelter of their parents. All Hall Students are encouraged to participate the hall activities to enrich and improve the quality of life.
    Please join us in making the life in Kaiyuan Hall interesting and meaningful.

WuHua Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Wuhua Hall !

Warden of Wuhua Hall
Dr. Vincent Ng
Associate Head, COMP
Warden Office: Room 1518

We would always like to be listeners and observers without boundaries. This would enable us to understand the needs of others, then play and work together. Another important aspect of every hall student is to maintain a healthy life. Students not only need to have healthy bodies but also have healthy hearts. They can enjoy their studying more when they are fit both physically and mentally.

In the past eight years, we have developed a unique hall culture for Wuhua Hall. In particular, we would like to develop Wuhua Hall to become a learning community.

ChengDe Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Chengde Hall !

Warden of Chengde Hall
Prof. Edwin Chan
Professor, BRE
Warden Office: Room 1368

Over the years, hall-mates in ChengDe Hall strive to institute and reinforce the values: integrity, vision and compassion. In addition, I would like to use the student hall environment to promote the quality of cultural competence among hall-mates such that they can embrace differences among people and acknowledge the interdependence of peoples of different cultures and diverse abilities.

WuXian Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Wuxian Hall !

Warden of Wuxian Hall
Prof. Frank Lee
Professor, CSE
Warden Office: Room 1118

As a Hall warden, I will make my contribution to

1) Share all the academic, non-academic experiences with all the residences in Wuxian Hall.
2) Build the life-long connections of friendship for all the members of Wuxian Hall
3) Cultivate a distinctive hall culture for Wuxian Hall
4) Create a team-work spirit “Red and while” and “East meet West “ via different activities for Wuxian Hall students.
5) Promote senses of belongings and home feeling of Wuxian Hall, share your happiness, life experiences, activities, and meetings, etc.
6) Get your cells right into the Wuxian Hall – it is one of the most excited Student Halls at PolyU. Come and enjoy it.

LiZhi Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Lizhi Hall !

Warden of Lizhi Hall
Dr. Rocky Chang
Associate Professor, COMP
Warden Office: Room 968

Similar to the past years, Lizhi hallmates actively participated in many inter-hall activities. Because of the effort of our sportsmen and sportswomen, it is the first time ever in the Lizhi history that both men and women received the overall sports awards: the men received the second runner up and the ladies the first runner up. The most memorable scenes, however, are not receiving the recognitions at the Prize Presentation Ceremony. The most memorable ones instead are when the men and women teams trained up themselves and tried their very best to play a good game at every match……There are also many similar勵志 stories that I could not possibly include here. I hope that the spirit of performing the best in the inter-hall activities, academic studies, and other services will be Lizhi’s trademark.

XueMin Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Xuemin Hall !

Warden of Xuemin Hall
Dr. Jenny Chung
Associate Professor, RS
Warden Office: Room 718

Having been the warden of Xuemin (XM) Hall for seven years, I deeply feel and share the sisterhood of Xuemanians - laughter, tears of joy and unhappiness, hugging and comforting, sharing dreams and life goals. I feel proud of the love and care demonstrated by Xueminians.

Welcome new residents of the PolyU Halls and “Xueminian”, residents who live in Xuemin Hall (XM) this year! You are so lucky that you can be a member of our XM family. We hope that you can have a special hall life here!

The 8th Xuemin Hall Student Association: “Scintillate” is formed by the President, Summer; Cheryl, IVP; Man Ting, EVP, and another 6 kind and active girls. We plan interesting events and concern needs of all Xueminian in daily life. We can stay by your side when you need us!

We are also glad to have a good tutor team, which includes Eva (rm. 817), Jodith (rm.818), Victoria (rm. 867), Joanne (rm. 868), and Jenny (rm. 767). They are good sisters of Xueminians. We are also glad to invite Susie, who is studying English and living in rm. 768, as our new “sister” this year.

Though it is still the beginning of this academic year, I am sure that all residents, especially Xueminians, cannot wait for enjoying the new hall life, right? Don’t worry. Members of “Scintillate” have been planned lots of interesting events for you!

The 1st exciting event in this semester is the O-camp. Right after that, we are going to sing karaoke together as one of our Re-U function. To have a great and unforgettable hall life, come and join our functions all the time!

Don’t you want to know more about the happiness of being a Xueminian? Join our group on Facebook (URL: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=ts&gid=323154784562) and visit our website (URL: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/xuemin). To contact us directly, feel free to contact: SUMMER (6280 1508), MANTING (9124 3363) or Cheryl (6233 1685)


LiSheng Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Lisheng Hall !

Warden of Lisheng Hall
Dr. Frankie Ng
Associate Professor, ITC
Warden Office: Room 568

With a cultivated, healthy and visually enhanced environment I intend the Halls to develop, our students living here will be exposed to various forms of moral and visual inspirations. Through the various hall activities, they will interact among their peers for mutual personal/cultural growth and positive gains in life.

MinYin Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Minyin Hall !

Warden of Minyin Hall
Prof Gabriel Ng
Chair Professor, RS
Warden Office: Room 318

Minyin Hall characterizes herself with the establishment of the four villages with a set of very well layout residency regulations. I thank Prof. Keith Chan, the founding warden, the past and existing hall tutors and also the hall associations for their hard work and ideas in planting a solid foundation for Minyin Hall. All these will make my life so much easier as the new warden to run and nurture this hall. As a new member, I respect the existing hall cultures and promise that I will try my best to work with you all to make your hall life more enjoyable and valuable.

Boyan Hall Hall Website Link

Welcome to Boyan Hall !

Warden of Boyan Hall
Prof. Yifan Han
Professor, ABCT
Warden Office: Room 1918

Residential life during your postgraduate education will surely represent one of the most rewarding times of your life, which offers a unique opportunity for you to live in your own community. Your active participation in creating a better sense of community is essential. This is where you, citizens of the global village, can learn to understand and appreciate each other, who may have diversified backgrounds in culture, belief, and ethnicity as well as in education. This is also an ideal place for you to learn to be more tolerant and cooperate in daily life and even in academic research, and most importantly to be nurtured to quality professionals. These are just as important to your future development in Hong Kong, in China and in the world as your postgraduate studies.

Warmest Welcome to Boyan Family

Dear Boyan Hall Residents:

Welcome to Boyan Hall and become a member of our big family of Boyanians!

Boyan Hall is the only hall for research students at PolyU. With about 300 students living in the hall, Boyan is an excellent community for your living and learning at the University. Residential life during your postgraduate education will surely represent one of the most rewarding times of your life.

Life in Boyan Hall is quite colorful and enlightening. Every month we have two organized activities. Hikings, Dinner talk series, Fruit gathering, Festival gatherings, K-lunch, BBQ, etc. The most ceremonious activity is our annual High Table Dinner, a tradition from Cambridge and Oxford. Besides, we also have many inter-hall and intra-hall competitions, when all Boyanians demonstrate their talents and enthusiasm. Your active participation in creating a better sense of community is essential.

This is where you can learn to understand and appreciate each other, who may have diversified backgrounds in culture, belief, and ethnicity as well as in education. This is also an ideal place for you to learn to be more tolerant and cooperate in daily life and even in academic research, and most importantly to be nurtured to quality professionals. These are just as important to your future development in Hong Kong, in Mainland China and in the world as your postgraduate studies. You can find all these exciting moments from the following link: (http://www.polyu.edu.hk/boyan/gallery2/gallery0910/index.html)

All of us here is ready to lend you a helping hand to make this community an interesting and enjoyable place. If you need help or have suggestions, please feel free to talk to anyone of us. Let us join hands together to build our Boyan Hall a home away from home. We are a family!

SHR's Facilities Management Office (FMO)

Betterment of hall services

Cleaning: Room cleaning service will be conducted once-every-3 days (Sunday & public holidays exclusive) with the scope of service covering the cleaning of wash-basin, toilet, shower cubicle, mop the toilet floor and clearing the trash bin.

Security: The 1st layer of security posts at the boundary of the SHR is released as a move on cost rationalization.

The access at G/F West Wing is closed.

Booking of 2/F facilities rooms: Available at 1/F West Wing during 07:00 – 14:00, and 14:00 – 02:00 at fitness room counter.

Usual Problems and Irregularities

Chinese Mainland Students Association (CMSA)Hall Website Link

Welcome Message from CMSA !

Dear friends:

Welcome to and back to our hall this year!

As a new academic year begins, we all come back to our warm and comfortable student hall. For our non-local students, the hall is another place at which we feel like home when our family is far from us.

It’s really easy to adjust to life in the hall for the new-comers. When you feel boring, it is a good choice to take the interesting classes of different subjects in the hall. When you want exercises, the equipments at the second floor are sure to satisfy you. When you are tired of the dishes of restaurant, it is convenient for you to cook by yourself. When you want to play some games with your friends, common area can offer you a good environment. You will always enjoy yourself in the hall.

With all your closest friends living around you, all these exciting activities amazing you, it’s easy to leave the homesick behind and get yourself into the colourful hall life.

However, while we enjoy the equipments and environment of the hall, we should always remember and obey the rules of hall. All of us should contribute to a wonderful hall life.

Have a nice year!

Forthcoming events

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