On Arrival

There are a number of things which you will need to take care of upon arrival.

Hall Check-in

Upon arriving in Hong Kong, you should first head directly to your assigned hall for check-in. For on-campus UG Halls, check-in service is 24-hour available. For off-campus Jockey Club Hall, check-in service is available from 8:45 am to 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Students who have applied for university housing will receive the hall assignment notification email approximately one week before the earliest hall check-in date.


We have a wide range of orientation activities organized. Details are available here.


Undergraduate exchange students will attend university orientations, complete registration procedures, and obtain the HKUST Student Card before the start of the academic term. Here are the steps:

  • Students must complete the registration online prior to arrival in Hong Kong.
  • Bring your passport/travel document and landing slip to one of the Student Visa and Pre-registration Sessions.
  • Proceed to the Academic Registry after the session to obtain the HKUST Student Card.

Academic Induction

School representatives will brief you how to deal with your class enrolment at the academic induction. The sessions for Fall 2019 will take place on 30 August 2019. Please click onto the list below for the details.

    • School of Science

      30 August 2019 (Fri)
      3:00 pm
      SCI/HOME (Opposite to Lecture Theater B)
    • School of Engineering

      30 August 2019 (Fri)
      3:00 pm
      Lecture Theater B
    • School of Business and Management

      30 August 2019 (Fri)
      3:00 pm
      Lecture Theater A
    • School of Humanities and Social Science

      30 August 2019 (Fri)
      3:00 pm
      Room 2302 (Lift 17-18)
    • Interdisciplinary Programs Office

      30 August 2019 (Fri)
      11:00 am

Hong Kong Identity Card

If you will be staying in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, you are required by law to apply for a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID) within 30 days upon arrival. Hong Kong law requires that you carry your HKID with you at all times.

To apply for the HKID, you must apply in person at the Registration of Persons Office at the Hong Kong Immigration Department. The HKID for new arrivals are issued free of charge. Bring your passport, identity documents, and the HKUST admission letter to support your application.

We strongly encourage applicants to utilise the appointment booking and form pre-filling service via one of the ways below:

Register with your consulate

You are advised to contact the consulate or embassy of your home country in Hong Kong, and enquire about possible citizen registration services. Some consulates and embassies maintain mailing lists or social media accounts for keeping their citizens updated on matters that concern them.

Check the contact information of your consulate or embassy here.

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