Useful information

Academic calendar

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Medical insurance

Starting from the 2006/07 academic year, it is mandatory for non-local students (except students staying for less than 180 days) to enrol in a Personal Accident and Medical Insurance (PAMI) Policy during their study at CityU. Such a policy shall be arranged by the University on your behalf and the premium costs will be borne by you.

Students staying for less than 180 days (e.g. students on one-semester exchange part-time students who will not stay in Hong Kong for 180 consecutive days) are required to purchase a travel insurance policy covering hospitalization and medical expenses on their own before they leave their home country.

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Buddy scheme

Mainland and External Affairs Office (MEAO) administers a Peer Buddy Scheme to promote international friendship and to help the inbound exchange students like you to quickly familiarize yourself with CityU and the wider Hong Kong environment. In addition, local students can also benefit from enhancing their language and cross-cultural communication competencies through this exchange interaction.

General information

Hong Kong SAR Government
Living in Hong Kong

Exchange rate in Hong Kong

HK$7.8 = US$1

Estimated living expenses per month

Actual living expenses vary from person to person, depending on individual needs.

Accommodation - HK$4,840-$7,260 (per semester)

Other expenses - please click here for details


The Octopus Card is used to pay public transportation fees (except for cabs and some public minibuses) and retailers who accept Octopus, such as convenience stores or restaurants. Having an Octopus Card will be convenient to you to travel in the community. Some of the local transportations are listed below:

Mass Transit Railway Corporation (subway)
City Bus Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong Yellow Page

Emergency Services

Adverse Weather Arrangements
Hong Kong Hospital Authority
Emergency contacts

University-related links

Academic regulations
Campus directory
Neighborhood at campus
Useful campus telephone numbers