Life in HK

General Living Expenses in HK

The cost of meals and books as well as academic and other personal expenses vary. Dining cost differs substantially but HK$60-180 per day is sufficient generally. Personal miscellaneous expenses (including local transportation, laundry and sundries) should be around HK$2,000 per month on average. The above expenses are rough estimations only, living and academic expenses vary according to individual preferences; and specific disciplines may require higher academic expenses.

Banking Arrangements

a. Money Transfer
If you do not have a bank account in Hong Kong, you will need to transfer money to HK upon arrival. This can be done either by instructing an overseas bank one or two weeks prior to your departure to send money in your name to a bank in Hong Kong or by carrying traveller’s cheques or a bank draft for deposit in a local account (personal cheques can also be deposited but may take up to three weeks to be cleared).

b.  Opening of bank accounts
You will find it convenient to open a savings account with a local bank in Hong Kong. Most of the banks will ask you to produce the Hong Kong Identity Card or PolyU ID card and passport / travel document(s), e.g. Chinese Travel Permit (通行証) when opening an account. Some banks may also ask overseas students to provide proof of permanent address (E.g. Mobile phone bill, driving license with address or bank statement etc). A minimum deposit of HK$500 – 1,000* will be required for opening a savings account.
* For reference only. Amount of minimum deposit various for different banks.


Weather in Hong Kong

The cost of meals and books as well as academic and other personal expenses vary. Dining cost differs substantially but HK$60-180 per day is sufficient generally.

Updated weather forecast can be found at:

c.  Banking services on campus
There are 2 mini-banks (The Hang Seng Bank and the Bank of East Asia) on the podium level of the Shaw Amenities Building.  Their business hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays).  Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are also available there and you will find it convenient to have an ATM card to withdraw money at any time.

d.  Credit Cards
Many establishments in Hong Kong accept major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club but the University and most campus establishments do not.

e.  Currency
The Hong Kong currency (HK$) is linked to the US dollar at the rate of approximately US$1=HK$7.78.  Notes are denominated in $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.  Coins are in $1, $2, $5, $10 and 10, 20 and 50 cents.  Traveller’s cheques can be cashed and foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, money changers and major outlets.


SeasonMonthCharacteristicsAverage Temperature
Spring Mar-May Humid & Misty 15-25°C
Summer Jun-Sep Hot & Sunny 25-35°C
Autumn Oct-Nov Dry & Mild 20-25°C
Winter Dec-Feb Dry & Cold 10-20°C


a. On-campus
There are two student canteens, a student restaurant, a coffee lounge, a theatre lounge and there cafes on campus.  The basic meal charges at campus catering outlets (excluding summer term) is HK$20,000 per annum.  Please refer to the below link: for the opening hours of these catering outlets.  Drinks and snacks are also available at the 7-11 Convenience Store in Shaw Amenities Building.
Halal Meal boxes are available at the Student Canteen at 3/F., Communal Building. Students can re-heat the meal boxes themselves at the canteen before consuming. For details, please contact our caterer at 2766 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

b. Off-campus
Many restaurants are located in Hunghom and East of Tsim Sha Tsui which are within walking distance of campus. There are Chinese, Western, Japanese and other restaurants offering a variety of food.

Grocery Shopping

Park n Shop and Wellcome are the two major supermarkets in Hong Kong. You will be able to find groceries, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables in these supermarkets and the local markets.


The voltage here is 200/220 volts, 50 cycles. The electric plugs used in Hong Kong have three rectangular prongs that form a triangle. The plug is three-wire grounded and fused for all connections to the power mains. You are recommended to bring an adapter for the electrical appliances which you bring to Hong Kong.

Post Office

The Post Office nearest to PolyU campus is located at Hung Hom Bay Post Office, G/F, Block 14, Cherry Mansions, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Kowloon. The opening hours of different post offices vary, you can get more information from the 24-hour Post Office Enquiry Hotline 2921 2222 or their website: Stamps in booklets of the three commonly used denominations can be purchased from the 7-eleven convenience stores.


a. From HK International Airport to PolyU campus :

By Taxi :
Take a taxi from the airport and ask the driver to take you to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The journey will take around 45-60 minutes and cost about $250-300, including toll fees for tunnels. Surcharges of HK$5 will be charged per piece of luggage.
By Airport Express :
Take the Airport Express from the airport to the MTR Kowloon Station. The journey will take around 21 minutes and cost $90. Then, take a taxi from the Kowloon Station to the PolyU campus. It will take around 15-20 minutes and cost around HK$30-50. Surcharges of HK$5 will be charged per piece of luggage. Or you may take the Airport Express Shuttle Bus (Route No.K1) at the Kowloon Station to the MTR Hung Hom Station.
By Airport Bus :
Take the Airport Bus Route No. A21 from the airport to the MTR Hung Hom Station. The journey will take around 60-75 minutes and cost HK$33.
*More transportation options from the airport can be found at:

b. From MTR Hung Hom Station to PolyU Campus :
If you come to Hong Kong by railway, you may get off at the MTR Hung Hom Station of the East Rail Line and find Exit A1 for PolyU campus.

Telephone Calles and Internet Access

Local calls are free, except through public phone booths, which charges HK$1 per call or HK$1 for every 5 minutes. Public pay phones can be found on the podium level of various cores.

International calls can be made at most pay phones, but students are advised to do so at telephones which operate with calling cards. These cards can be purchased at convenient stores throughout the territory and they are available at the 7-11 Convenience Store in Shaw Amenities Building.

Free Internet access is available at the computer centres on campus and at the HKSAR public libraries.

Useful Telephone Numbers in Hong Kong
HKSAR Government 1823 Hospital Authority 2300 6555
HK International Airport 2181 8888 HK Immigration Department 2824 6111
HK Police Force
2527 7177 HK Police Force
(Emergency Hotline)
HK Observatory 1878 200 Telephone Directory 1081