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Go Global Locally through Hall Living: Three New Projects  

Dear Colleagues,

We care about our students’ learning experience at CityU. Student hostels (or residence halls) are not only places for students to sleep but also platforms for their personal and educational growth. Obviously, the proximity to classes allows students to devote more time to their studies, and have access to tutors and our learning facilities. More importantly, living in halls helps students develop long-lasting skills/values for their development in areas including community citizenship, self-management, career readiness and ethical values. Their multicultural competence would be enhanced through interacting with hall mates from different cultural backgrounds.

CityU is severely short of student housing. Still, we are committed to providing every undergraduate student with at least one year of hall stay. There are currently 12 student residence halls on-campus for around 3,700 students. Most of the residence halls cluster in our northern campus next to the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. These halls constitute a self-contained community with a full range of facilities for studying and learning. 

To ensure more students can gain the benefits of hall living, two new student hostel projects are underway and will provide an additional 3,167 bed places in the future. 

  • The Student Hostel Phase 5 (SH5) project comprises six halls with 2,168 bed places in Whitehead, Ma On Shan, adjacent to the Wu Kai Sha MTR Station and a newly developed residential community. Like in the current hostels, hall residents will be provided with a full range of amenities and facilities. Though it may take 40 minutes to commute between the Whitehead hostels and the Kowloon Tong campus, student residents have the advantage of being next to a natural environment and close to two beaches, unique features that our Kowloon Tong hostels do not possess. Construction will begin in 2020 and SH5 is targeted for occupation by 2025.
  • The Student Hostel Phase 6 (SH6) project will provide an extra 999 bed places. The Government has approved a parcel of land close to Tat Hong Avenue near our existing student hostels in the northern campus. SH6 is at the planning and designing stage and completion is targeted for 2029. 

With the completion of SH5 and SH6, which are approved by the Government, our student hostel bed places will increase by about 86%.

To address student housing shortage in the interim period, thinking out of the box, we sourced and selected suitable off-campus accommodation providers and launched a pilot scheme for University-reserved off-campus accommodation for 2019/20. The selected site in Ting Kau provides 88 bed places for undergraduate and year-long inbound exchange students.

Our University was ranked #1 in “International Outlook” by Times Higher Education in 2019, a recognition of our internationalisation effort. To maintain and enhance this strength of the University and to reinforce our support for local, international and exchange students, a building in the model of an International Centre is being planned. This new building, once approved, will be located at the junction of Cornwall Street and Tat Chee Avenue and is targeted for completion by 2024. 

Soon, more of our students can have the go global experience through hall living in Hong Kong!

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor

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