The Campus

HKUST occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking the pristine Clearwater Bay, located on the Sai Kung Peninsula. The area is often considered as one of Hong Kong’s havens for outdoor lovers.

People do not normally associate Hong Kong with nature. But the truth is that only around 25% of Hong Kong is the dense urban space that is so well known to the world. The other 75% is undeveloped, and comprises country parks and nature reserves. Of course, with the efficient public transport system, you are never far from urban areas. A 15-minute bus ride will take you from HKUST to the nearest subway station.

HKUST Aerial video (shot by aerial filming technology)

Sunrise at HKUST

HKUST introduction

Reputation and Rankings

HKUST is a publicly funded university that opened in 1991. It is a leading international research university dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in science, engineering, business, humanities and social science.

As a young university – only into its second decade – HKUST’s achievements are remarkable. It has consistently gained top international rankings, a demonstration of the university’s high academic quality and the global recognition it has achieved.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (2018)
QS World University Rankings (2019)

You can also refer to the rankings achieved by our individual subject areas.

Student Body

HKUST is coeducational, with a total enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The university comprises five Schools: Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science, and the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School. The undergraduate student body comprises 66% domestic students and the remaining 34% equally split between students from Mainland China and other countries. In addition, with approximately 400 exchange students passing through HKUST every term, you really can make friends with people from around the world.

Campus Facilities and Support


Exchange students normally arrive 3 days before the start of term. This provides enough time to participate in orientation activities and to adapt to the new environment. Orientation sessions organized by the University and the School help you to settle in Hong Kong and familiarize you with HKUST’s learning environment.


The HKUST library is a centrally located five-storey building that provides nearly 3,400 reader seats. In addition to over 750,000 print volumes and a large collection of media resources, it provides access to more than 55,000 electronic and print journals, a large number of e-books, databases and other digital information resources. The library and the Learning Commons provide many places for individual and group projects or studying.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union is the students’ voice at HKUST. It operates independently from the University, and all undergraduate students become full members at the time of registration at the University.

Student societies and clubs

Joining a club is a great way to make new friends or pick up a new skill or passion. There are more than 100 student societies affiliated to the Students’ Union, covering sports, recreational, academic, religious, music and other themes. There are over 30 sports clubs. No matter what your interests are, there is something for you.

School societies, such as BSU (Business Students’ Union), ESU (Engineering Students’ Union), SSU (Science Students’ Union), HSSSU (Humanities and Social Science Students’ Union) and IPSU (Interdisciplinary Programs Students’ Union) provide a great opportunity to meet people in your School.

The International Students’ Association (ISA) and the Mainland Students and Scholars Society also host a number of events throughout the term.

Sports and recreation facilities

There is a wide variety of sports and recreation facilities available for your use. All the facilities at the Indoor Sports complex are fully air-conditioned. We have a large indoor sports hall of 1,600 sq m for activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball and handball. In addition, there are courts for squash and table tennis, and areas for fencing, dance, indoor archery, martial arts and weight training.

Outdoor sports facilities include an artificial turf soccer pitch, a 400-meter 8-lane track, a hard-surface mini-soccer pitch, a basketball court, a lawn area and tennis courts. We also have a 50-meter outdoor pool and a 25-meter indoor pool for aquatic activities.

Food on Campus

There are many eateries on campus. They are a great place to meet with friends.


  • Chinese Restaurant

    Ground Floor, Academic Building
    Dim sum lunch, Full-course Cantonese lunch and dinner
  • Canteens

    Lower Ground 1 and 7, and LSK Building
    Fast food, Chinese and western
  • Cafe Liscio

    LSK Building
    Breakfast (Ham and Cheese English Muffin and different types of pastry); Lunch and dinner (Panini, packed salad)
  • Ebeneezer’s (Halal-certified)

    LSK Building
    Kebabs, Indian curries, biryanis, pizza
  • Passion

    Academic concourse
    Coffee, hot drinks, juice, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, pasta
  • UC Bistro & Bar

    University Center
    Western breakfast, International lunch and dinner, alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks
  • UniQue

    Conference Lodge
    International dishes and local favorites, health-conscious meals, and vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free items
  • Seafront Cafeteria

    Ground Floor, UG Hall VI (Ground Floor)
  • McDonald’s

    Lower Ground 5
  • Starbucks

    Piazza (beside the bookstore)
  • Subway

    CYT Building (Ground Level)
  • Pacific Coffee

    LSK Building
  • Campus Supermarket

    Lower Ground Level 7

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