Student guide to travelling and living abroad in Hong Kong

Whether it’s glittering skyscrapers or the affordable dim sum dinners or visiting exotic islands like Lantau and Lamma, you’ll never run short of things to do in Hong Kong. While our students prepare to apply for the Fall 2019 program, here’s a quick guide on what to expect from this vibrant city.  

1.  Getting around the city


Hong Kong runs a sophisticated public transport system of trains, buses and ferry routes between all Hong Kong Islands. Not to forget, the city tram that breezes through the city’s most busy and iconic spots, costing you only $0.40 per trip. All you need is an Octopus Card which can be topped up in metro stations and convenience stores.

Moreover, Uber and taxis are also pretty affordable if you’re not feeling public transport.

2.  Packing for the weather


Known for its extreme weather, Hong Kong ranges from 61°F in January, being its coldest month, to an average high of 84°F in July. The city is also prone to heavy rains and typhoon hits during the months between May and November. Make sure to pack your umbrellas and raincoats in order to stay dry.


3.  Feeding yourself


You’re bound to save money, whether it’s cooking your own meals or going out to eat. The basic cost of food staples is lower than the average around the world. Of course, it all depends where you do your grocery shopping and where you decide to dine-out but in most cases, you’ll see yourself paying a lot lesser when converting it to $$$. With unlimited affordable dim sums and seafood, your taste bud is sure to be satisfied.

4.  Paying for things

The currency used is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), the conversion rate stands at an approximation of

$1 = HK$7.85

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One thing to keep in mind when paying for things is to keep smaller bills as there’s a lot of speculation in the market related to the ubiquity of counterfeit. Hence, shopkeepers, in general, are hesitant to accept bills over HK$500. Our tip is to use cash when you dine-in at restaurants (as many restaurants don’t tend to accept cards) and stick to credit cards for shopping and entertainment purposes.

5.  Things to do


As you all know, there are tons of things to do around the city and most of these social activities don’t burn holes in your wallet, many of these tourist attractions are free. Here’s a quick list of must- visit spots while in Hong Kong:


·  Victoria Peak ­for the breathtaking skyline view

·  Explore Kowloon’s colorful street markets

·   Ride the scenic Star Ferry

·   Worship at the Man Mo Temple

·  Bring back your inner child at Hong Kong Disneyland


6.  Accommodation

Staying at International House at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, you’re bound to be spoilt with the most gorgeous view of the harbor. The neighborhood of Sha Tin is known to be Hong Kong’s most populous district, with its historic touch, lush hills and waterfront views, it’s one of the most picturesque and serene parts of the city.



7.  Network Connection

The city known for its tech-forward economy, most electronics and network connections is seemingly cheaper than most places. The major global network providers are found in Hong Kong, a basic package of 2g Internet starts at $4.

While we are on that topic, ensure to carry an adapter as Hong Kong predominantly has a Type G (three-prong plug).


Students are bound to have a very exclusive experience moving to Hong Kong. With buzzling streets, unlimited entertainment and exotic cuisines, there’s always something to do. Do check out our AIP Hong Kong fact sheet for more information about the fall 2019 program.

Our student- Saman doing his Spring 2019 at Hong Kong

Our student- Saman doing his Spring 2019 at Hong Kong