Seven Secret Places for Self-study

We understand your needs. We’ve all been there, and we get it. When you come to campus, you want somewhere to relax, read that textbook or guilty pleasure, drink your third cup of espresso or just hang out with your friends. When you find yourself thinking that the university campus is as small as it gets, we encourage you to think bigger and look closer. What you see is not always what you get. We’d like to show you some of the hidden secret gems around campus. We know you’ll love them as much as we do.

  1. Chinese Civilisation Centre

    Few students outside of those taking Chinese Civilisation courses know about this place in the Amenities Building (6/F). It is a unique academic department providing Chinese cultural education at the university, where Chinese art or history lovers can discover work related to Chinese women’s history, religious studies, art theory and literature. Many Chinese cultural lectures, seminars and workshops are regularly held at the Chinese Civilisation Centre for the students’ benefit.

  2. English Language Centre

    If you’re looking for somewhere other than the library to study, this may be the place. The English Language Centre (ELC) in AC1 (2/F) offers university English learning programs. Its Self-Access Centre, Language Clinic, Writing Development Centre and Language Lounge provide teaching and support related to many aspects of English learning (complementing the Chinese Civilisation Centre). Many modern and popular fiction titles are available to read. To find the ELC, go down the stairs behind the escalators near the library and then turn right.

  3. Sky Garden in Hall 11

    The huge orange square hole in Hall 11 is the biggest open secret on the CityU campus. Tell us which rooftop/sky garden you like best. We have trouble choosing our favourite too.


  4. Rooftop Garden in AC2

    Some areas like building rooftops are easily forgotten, and we are here to remind you of these amazing secret places. If you want to enjoy peaceful surroundings at AC2, come by and take a breath of fresh air, and enjoy the seats and the view.

  5. Patio

    Near the garden café and Academic Exchange Building is this little delightful patio paved with wooden planks and set off with green plants and stylish bumbersolls. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal or hang out with friends.

  6. CMC Café

    Find this secretive place in CMC (3/F) for discounted beverages. For the non-caffeinated kind, try the kiwi fruit juice. Outside the café you can find an exhibition space and a screening theatre. If you’re keen, there is an observatory port on the 9/F rooftop garden, and a view of Kowloon Peninsula is available on a clear, sunny day.


  7. Cafe on 2/F of Cheng Yick-chi Building

    Finally, a coffee break! One hidden café is this extension of the Bistro restaurant in AC3. It’s also a nice spot for an afternoon escape.