A guide to living in Hong Kong as a student

Discover how to make the most of your time while studying in Hong Kong

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Skyscrapers in Hong Kong

Welcome to the vibrant and bustling city of Hong Kong! Here, tradition meets modernity in an enchanting blend that captivates students from all around the world. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll help you navigate through student life in Hong Kong, including staying in a fully furnished apartment. From exploring the education system to embracing the cultural tapestry that defines this city, you’re about to embark on a transformative journey.

Education excellence in the heart of Asia

Facade of University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is renowned for its top-tier educational institutions that offer a wide range of academic disciplines. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Chinese University of Hong Kong are just a few names that resonate with academic excellence. With programs conducted in English, international students find a welcoming environment that fosters learning and cultural exchange.

Navigating student accommodation

Securing suitable accommodation is essential for a successful student life. Hong Kong offers a diverse range of options, from university dormitories to private apartments. Many universities provide on-campus housing, promoting a tight-knit community and easy access to academic facilities. Also, students can explore Hong Kong’s best neighborhoods, like Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, and Kowloon Tong, for private accommodation. Each delivers a unique flavor of Hong Kong’s urban fabric.

Blueground’s student housing program in Hong Kong — Studentground — offers students flexible, easy, and discounted access to all of Blueground’s 15,000+ premium, furnished apartments around the world. Each housing option has benefits and things to think about, like cost, location, amenities, and community. It’s important to weigh these factors to find the perfect student housing Hong Kong has in store for you. 

Embracing the cultural kaleidoscope

Shoppers in Tsim Sha Tsui busy street

Hong Kong’s culture is a captivating blend of Eastern and Western influences. This creates an atmosphere that’s both familiar and distinct. There’s so many things to see and do in Hong Kong! To truly immerse yourself, explore the bustling markets of Temple Street Night Market and Ladies’ Market, where aromatic street food mingles with the fun of haggling. Engage in the city’s vibrant festivals, from the awe-inspiring Dragon Boat Festival to the colorful Mid-Autumn Festival. You’ll see how traditional customs come alive in a modern setting.

Navigating the culinary landscape

Prepare your taste buds for an adventure! Hong Kong’s culinary scene is a treasure trove of flavors. From Michelin-starred restaurants to humble street stalls, the city offers a spectrum of culinary experiences. Savor dim sum, a cherished tradition of bite-sized delights, at the world-famous Tim Ho Wan. For a taste of local authenticity, venture into dai pai dongs—open-air food stalls—for a steaming plate of wok-fried noodles or succulent barbecued meats.

Efficient transport and connectivity

Passengers waiting to board on the train in MRT station in Hong Kong

Efficiency defines Hong Kong’s transportation system. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the lifeblood of the city, seamlessly connecting neighborhoods and attractions. The Octopus Card, a rechargeable smart card, simplifies travel by providing access to the MTR, buses, ferries, and even convenience stores. Thanks to this extensive network, you can easily explore the city.

Exploring natural wonders

Beyond the city’s urban pulse lies a realm of natural beauty waiting to be discovered. Escape to Lantau Island, home to the iconic Tian Tan Buddha and serene beaches. Hike up Dragon’s Back for panoramic views of lush landscapes meeting azure waters. And don’t miss Victoria Peak, offering amazing skyline views. A perfect spot as the sun sets over the harbor!

Healthcare and wellness

A doctor checking their mobile phone

Hong Kong’s healthcare system is highly regarded, so every students’ well-being is well taken care of. With a mix of public and private healthcare facilities, access to medical services is both convenient and comprehensive. International students are typically required to have medical insurance coverage, providing peace of mind and prompt care when needed.

Cultivating connections

Want to make connections that will last a lifetime? It’s simple. Join student organizations and clubs aligned with your interests to build a network of friends from diverse backgrounds. Some other ideas? Attend cultural workshops, language exchange programs, and social events to foster cross-cultural relationships that will add to your global perspective.

Graduate to a new home experience

furnished rental apartment with a balcony in hong kong

Your student life in Hong Kong promises a mix of experiences that intertwine academia, culture, and adventure. The city’s dynamism, coupled with its reverence for tradition, creates an environment that inspires growth and exploration. As you begin this new chapter, remember to embrace every moment, savor every flavor, and relish in the diversity that Hong Kong graciously offers.

Want to make it simple to feel at home and free to roam? You can stay in a fully furnished Blueground apartment for a month, a year, or longer. It’s the ideal housing solution for students in Hong Kong! 

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.