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By Gaargi SHARMA (Alumni Civility Hall)

“If wishes were horses, beggars could ride.” Too pessimistic? Or is it just a plain realistic fact which most of us gladly accept? Well, not any more, at least not for future hall residents. I would like to thank Ms. Rebecca Chan, the Director of SRO, for giving her time to share this information with us!


After successfully completing Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the Student Residence, we will now have Phase 4 - Halls 10 and 11. The construction of Phase 4 is expected to begin by the end of this year and it will be completed by the year 2012.
We all love to reside in the Student Residence, don’t we? Now, there will be 700 more happy faces who will dwell in Halls 10 and 11. The design and colour scheme of the new halls will be in sync with the other halls, thereby making us a tiny community living up the hill! But there will be some changes in the room configuration. Instead of the current structure, there will first be the storage section, then the study area, and finally the sleeping area. Sounds exciting, eh?

room common room

If you thought this was different, then take this - the design of the Common Rooms will be different. With the new blueprint, each floor’s Common Room will be able to see what is going on in the Common Rooms above and below. This design will not only let in natural light and ventilation. It will also enable a new visual connection and encourage interaction between floor-mates. There is more to this new ‘connection’ that will surely be loved!

Now Halls 10 and 11 will be right across from the Multi Media Building (MMB) that is coming up. In order to prevent the ‘disconnection’ of the residence from our other buildings, there will be a special route by which students at the MMB can pop in to the residence whenever they want. This will make CityU like a mini community with the campus in the north and the student residence in the south.
Who’s better than our readers to comment on that? We would love to know about what you guys think! Feel free to drop by with your suggestions. We want to know your wishes! After all “wishes ARE horses and beggars CAN ride.”