Housing Application Information for Residential Year 2020/21 (New RPgs)

Housing Application Period: 20 November 2020 - 2 December 2020



If you are NOT in Hong Kong now, you may be required to undergo self-quarantine according to the Hong Kong Ordinance when you return to Hong Kong. ALL student accommodations are NOT available for students who are undertaking self-quarantine to minimize health risks.

For new students who are assigned hall places in the 2020-21 residential year, as soon as the admissions are confirmed and visa is granted, HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School (FYTGS) will inform new RPg students about their quarantine arrangment in the University managed facilities either on or off-campus. After completion of the quarantine, the University will arrange check-in to their designated hall. For self-quarantine arrangement, please contact FYTGS at https://pg.ust.hk/enquiry.  



  1. Provision of false / inaccurate information may lead to disqualification and cancellation of the housing applications and associated offers and further disciplinary actions. 
  2. Application is only available for once a year and there will not be new round of applications for student accommodation for 2020/21; students who wish to apply for any residential periods in 2020/21 (e.g. Spring Term 2021 only) or have unconfirmed plans yet shall consider submitting the application form within the announced application period.
  3. Applications are not on first-come-first-served basis; all applications received during the application period are processed together.
  4. Online system for applications and acceptance of housing offers shuts down sharply after deadline; any actions on submission of application / acceptance form could not be recorded by the system after the system shuts down even the student logged-in to the system before the deadline.
  5. Only application / acceptance forms successfully recorded in the online system will be considered and processed.
  6. Upon successful submission of application / acceptance form in the online system, an acknowledgement email will be sent to the email address(es) provided by the applicant; those who do not receive an acknowledgement email may consider submission of form NOT successful (e.g. late submission, etc.).
Residential Periods

All housing offers are in term / yearly basis.
Successful applicants who receive a full year housing offer but wish to take up only 1-term of student accommodation may write to pghousing@ust.hk to request for such adjustment AFTER accepting the housing offer.


Residential Terms Periods (both nights inclusive)
Full Residential Year 2020/21 21 August 2020 - 31 July 2021
Fall Term 2020 21 August 2020 - 15 January 2021 
Spring Term 2021 18 January 2021 - 31 July 2021


Students are required to arrange other sources of accommodation on their own before and after the offered residence. No requests for short term stay, early check-in, or late check-out will be entertained.

Admission Timeline & Procedures


Procedure Dates
Online Housing Application 20 November 2020 - 2 December 2020
Release of Housing Application Results     Mid-December 2020
Online Acceptance of Housing Offer Mid-December 2020



Building / Hall & Room Allocation

There are no building preferences but only room type preferences in the housing application:

  • Single Room in 4-person apartment in University Apartments
  • Single Room in 5-person apartment in University Apartments#
  • Couple Room in 5-person apartment in University Apartments^
  • Double Room in 5-person apartment in University Apartments
  • Double Room in Jockey Club Global Graduate Tower
  • Single Room in Jockey Club Global Graduate Tower
  • Single Room in SKCC Hall


# There are 20 4-room apartments in Towers A and B, each with 1 room for married couples & 3 single rooms. These 20 rooms for couples & 60 single rooms in 5-person apartments are with mixed gender arrangements. Applicants who opt for the "Single Room in 5-person apartment in University Apartments" may indicate that they also wish to be considered in such single room in 5-person mixed gender apartment in "Section D: Other Information" of the online housing application.

^ Other room type preference in housing application will only be considered if application from room for married couple is unsuccessful.


Any of the room preferences indicated by applicants serve as a reference only. Room allocation is done on random basis in case demand greater than supply and preferences indicated will be considered as far as possible subject to availability.

Application Period, Application Means & Acceptance of Housing Offer

Application Period

8am, 20 November 2020 - 11:59pm, 2 December 2020 (HK Time)
[for request in change of submitted information, write to pghousing@ust.hk within the application period; requests are subject to approval]


Housing Offer Acceptance Period (for successful applicants)

Housing offer acceptance period provides after the announcement of application result in mid-December 2020


Means of Application & Acceptance of Housing Offer

https://www.ab.ust.hk/applyhall > "Click here to submit application for Regular Residential Year"


Students who fail to submit the housing application within this application period will NOT be considered for student accommodation for the ENTIRE Residential Year 2020/21.
Applicants who receive a housing offer will receive a system generated housing offer acceptance notification email the day after the Housing Offer Letters are sent and they are required to follow instructions to confirm their acceptance of offer online within 4 days. Failure to complete the online acceptance by the deadline will result in cancellation of housing offer without prior notification.

Announcement of Application Results

Housing Application Results (e.g. housing offers for successful applicants, notifications for waitlisted / rejected applicants, etc.) will be announced in mid-December 2020 and such result will be sent to applicants' HKUST ITSC email addresses.
It is the responsibility of the applicants to check with the Student Housing and Residential Life Office either in person or write to pghousing@ust.hk if they do not receive any notifications by mid-December 2020.

Early Withdrawal

If you intend to check out earlier than the last day of your residential period stated previously, you are required to submit written notification to SHRLO at least ONE MONTH before your desired move out date.

For check-out before the last day of offered stated previously, the last month's hall fee will be calculated as follows:

  • Residents have to pay half of the monthly hall fee if they check out at any time on or before 12 noon on the 16th of the month; otherwise,
  • Residents shall pay a full month's hall fee if they check out at any time after 12 noon on the 16th of the month.
Off-campus Accommodation Options

If students are interested in living outside of HKUST campus, they may approach the Off-Campus Housing Section of the Student Housing and Residential Life Office at offcamphouse@ust.hk for assistance.
Information on off-campus accommodation is also available online.