Term Time Exchange
During Your Exchange
Directions to CUHK
It takes about 45 minutes from the airport to the CUHK campus, and costs about HK$300. Most Hong Kong taxi drivers understand some English; otherwise show them the following text: 香港中文大學
Bus + Taxi/MTR
Take airport bus number A41, which runs from 06:00 to 24:00 at 20-minute intervals, from the airport to Sha Tin Station. Sha Tin bus terminus is not the final stop on the journey, so ask the driver when to get off or pay attention to announcements. The journey takes about 65–70 minutes, depending on traffic, and currently costs HK$22.3, which is payable when you board the bus in exact change.
You can then reach CUHK either by taxi, which will take about 15 minutes and cost about HK$50; or on the Mass Transit Railway, known as the MTR, although this is not recommended if you have bulky baggage. University Station is the second stop from Sha Tin heading north towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau. Trains run every 5 to 10 minutes from 06:00 to 24:00, and the journey takes about nine minutes and currently costs HK$4.5.
There are three exits at University Station: two lead to the CUHK campus and the other to the public bus terminus and taxi stand. Click here for the CUHK campus map.
The university shuttle bus stops are located between the two exits to CUHK. There are different shuttle bus routes stopping at various locations within the campus. Click here for the bus schedules.
CUHK is in the New Territories, away from the business districts of Hong Kong island and Kowloon. Reaching CUHK by taxi costs about HK$250 from Hong Kong’s central business district and about HK$180 from Kowloon.
Hotels Around CUHK
There are four hotels near CUHK. Click here for more information.
Register with Your Home Country’s Consulate
Register yourself with your home country’s consulate in Hong Kong, so that they know you are here and can assist you when needed. Click here for the list of consulates in Hong Kong.
A one-week orientation programme is available for non-MBA exchange and study-abroad students before the start of each academic term. It covers the curriculum, student life at the university, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society and support services provided by the OAL. The orientation programme includes hostel check-in, a briefing on practical matters and university services, a briefing on course registration, academic counselling, welcoming events and a city tour. It is also an excellent opportunity to make friends with other exchange and study-abroad students.
The buddy programme is designed to help exchange and study-abroad students familiarise themselves with living in Hong Kong.
Buddy Programme FAQs
Living in Hong Kong
There are government and private hospitals with 24-hour emergency and outpatient departments all over the city.
International students with a valid student visa count as Eligible Persons, meaning they enjoy heavy discounts on health services in Hong Kong Hospital Authority institutions and are exempt from surgical and hospital insurance. For example, they can stay in the general wards of Hong Kong public hospitals and receive medical treatment there for HK$100 per day plus an admission fee of HK$50.
To qualify as an Eligible Person, you should get a student visa before you come to Hong Kong, and validate your visa with a stamp from the Immigration officer when you enter Hong Kong. If your visa label is not attached to your passport or travel document or has not been stamped, you do not qualify as an Eligible Person and will not enjoy the benefits.
In case of serious emergencies, call 2735-3400, 2735-3355 or 999 for an ambulance. The nearest Accident and Emergency Department to CUHK is at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, about 10 minutes’ drive away.
You should arrange accident and sickness insurance that includes emergency-evacuation and repatriation expenses for the duration of your stay in Hong Kong at your own cost. If you plan to travel outside Hong Kong, make sure your insurance policy covers the place you are visiting. Before you arrange your own insurance, check with your parents first if you are covered by any health insurance policies they have. Bring a copy of any insurance policies you have to Hong Kong; when you first report to the Office of Academic Links you will be asked for copies in case of an emergency.
It’s natural to experience a range of emotions while you are studying abroad. Adjusting to a new culture can be tough, but it is also a chance to understand more about yourself and learn about a new place.
The following video chronicles a group of Australian students on exchange at CUHK. It is a good starting point for students thinking about coming to CUHK on exchange who want to find out more about Hong Kong.
You are required to complete the clearance procedures before finishing your study at CUHK and leaving Hong Kong.
- For non-MBA / non-MAcc / non-MSc exchange and study abroad students
- For MBA / MAcc / MSc exchange and study abroad students