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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Student Services

Academic Advising at PolyU

The 4-year undergraduate curriculum prepares students for success in their chosen professions and nurtures them to be all-rounded global citizens. Under the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete subjects in their major study as well as the 30-credit General University Requirements (GUR) to develop professional competence and strengthen holistic development. To empower students to fulfil the academic requirements, PolyU adopts a two-tier academic advising system:

  • In the Faculty/department: Academic Advisors in the Faculty/department advise students on Major/Minor study and Free Elective selection
  • At Student Affairs Office (SAO): Academic Advising Officers advise students primarily on GUR study and university life

Students will be assigned to both a Faculty/Department Academic Advisor and an Academic Advising Officer in SAO after admission. The Advisors/Academic Advising Officers will meet with their advisees periodically. To learn more about academic advising, please visit the Counselling and Wellness Section of SAO (

Academic Support Services

Sophisticated learning resources and tailor-made activities help students to further develop their all-roundedness, achieve academic excellence and gain professional competencies. These include:

Careers and Placement Services

To support PolyU's mission to nurture all-round global citizens for Hong Kong and beyond, as well as to provide a link between employers and students to facilitate your career planning and optimise your career development, the Student Affairs Office offers comprehensive career guidance, resources and services to you:

  • "INSPIRE" Mentorship Programme that enhances your holistic education experience and facilitates both your personal and professional development through a robust network of role models and prominent leaders of the PolyU community
  • Career training workshops that help you identify career interests, prepare for the real-life working environment, and advance your job searching skills
  • One-to-one career advising sessions that optimise your career development
  • Local, mainland and international Work-Integrated Education (WIE) opportunities for your fulfilment of WIE requirements
  • Recruitment talks, career fairs and alumni career sharing that provide opportunities for you to meet and network with prospective employers
  • PolyU Job Board and Joint Institutions Job Information System (JIJIS) that are job searching platforms for part-time/graduate job and internship opportunities

For further information, please visit the Student Affairs Office’s website at

Health Care Services

Services available to full-time students include medical consultations, emergency care, minor operative treatments, immunisation, certification on health examinations, nursing care and subsidised primary dental care etc. The UHS Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic offers general Chinese medicine clinical consultations, acupuncture, bone-setting and one-stop-shop herbal medicine dispensing service to full-time students.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Scholarships and prizes are available. Applicants who have attained outstanding public examination results or have non-academic achievements at the international level will have the chance to be awarded entry scholarships upon admission.

Moreover, eligible students can apply for financial assistance administrated by the Government of the HKSAR and PolyU.

For details, please visit our webpages:

Student Activities and Services

Student Affairs Office (SAO) is committed to offering a wide range of co-curricular activities that aim to enhance students’ holistic development and nurture all-round graduates. The following are some examples:

  • Exercise is Medicine on Campus Programme
  • External Activities and Competitions
  • Extra-Curricular Enrichment for Lifelong Learners (EXCELL) Programme
  • Global Student Ambassador Programme
  • Inclusion Awareness Campaign
  • Sports Skill Training
  • Student Athletes Development Programme
  • Student Integration and Cultural Exchange Activities
  • Wellness-in-Action Programme


Student Counselling

Student Counselling is a self-discovery journey. Having conversation with counsellors allows you a genuine space to approach, to process and to work through your concerns from different angles and perspectives.  Our passionate counsellors will walk along side with you to identify your strengths, resources and potentials for personal growth and actualisation.

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Services for Students with Special Needs

PolyU provides a wide range of services and facilities for students with disability/special educational needs. Once admitted, students with disability/special educational needs are advised to contact the Student Resources and Support Section (SRSS) of Student Affairs Office (2766 6800) or their academic departments to discuss their needs so that tailor-made services can be arranged.

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Students' Union

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union (HKPUSU) is composed of seven main units, namely Union Council, Union Judicial Council, Executive Committee, Press Committee, Campus Radio, Faculty / School Students’ Associations, and affiliated clubs. Students’ Union members have the privilege to enjoy a wide range of Union welfare services. Members are eligible to join affiliated clubs and at the same time take part in activities organised by Faculty / School associations or departmental student societies. 

HKPUSU also runs a welfare shop which provides regular welfare services such as daily photocopying, stationery, snacks, and special shopping offers.

One of the most attractive areas of the Students’ Union is the colorful campus culture fostered by the 35 interest clubs affiliated under the five divisions, namely, cultural, arts, recreational, sports and other exempted divisions.  Members of the Students’ Union may join any clubs on a voluntary basis.

Student Facilities

Campus Facilities

PolyU has a range of facilities aimed at making campus life convenient and pleasurable.

Cultural Facilities

The Jockey Club Auditorium and Chiang Chen Studio Theatre are the cultural hubs for our students and staff. We organise a wide variety of programmes each year, including the Artist-in-Residence programme, music, theatre, visual arts, dance, film and video, literary arts, talks, workshops and many others.

The Culture Promotion and Events Office


As the learning hub of the University, the Pao Yue-kong Library offers a dynamic learning environment with a multitude of resources and spaces for students in all disciplines at PolyU. With a collection exceeding 5.9 million items, students can access a wide variety of books, course readings, as well as journals, videos and audio resources in both print and digital formats for university and self-learning. Modern technology-equipped learning spaces are offered for group learning and individual study. Students can also make use of the facilities at the Library’s i-Space, Multimedia Commons, Online Learning Studio, One Button Studio, Multimedia Production Studio and Sound Recording Studio to learn and create knowledge, and bring emerging technologies to their disciplinary work.

Pao Yue-kong Library 

Sports Facilities

To promote healthy and active lifestyles through exercise, PolyU offers a wide variety of sports facilities at Shaw Sports Complex, Fong Shu Chuen Hall, Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre and Block X Sports Centre. Michael Clinton Swimming Pool (50-meter outdoor), and 25-meter indoor Swimming Pool at Block X are also available on campus. Besides, all PolyU students are welcome to use the off-campus sports facilities at the Joint Sports Centre located in Kowloon Tong.

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Student Halls

PolyU has a Residential College and fourteen Student Halls of Residence which offer abundant opportunities for students’ academic and personal growth as well as all-around development through inquiry-based learning activities; high-table dinner; immersive social, cultural and intellectual interactions with hall-mates from all different backgrounds under one roof.

When enrolling at PolyU, students can choose their preference accommodation. The theme of the Residential College is “Achieving Academic and Research Excellence through Inquiry-based Learning” while individual halls within the Halls of Residence have their own themes. Besides, residents can also participate in a variety of activities organised by the Residential Education Team.

PolyU has two residential buildings, one located in Hunghom and the other in Homantin. The Residence College is located in Homantin and the Halls of Residence are situated at both sites. Both residential buildings are fully equipped with sports, leisure and catering facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and include refrigerators and Internet access. Toilet and shower facilities are shared between adjacent rooms or among rooms in the same suite.

Student Halls of Residence

Other Facilities / Projects

Campus Expansion at Ho Man Tin Slope

The Campus Expansion at Ho Man Tin Slope will provide more than 1,200 hostel places and over 10,000m2 net floor area of academic space. Upon obtaining funding approval from the Government for both the hostel and academic portions of the project, the foundation works commenced in the 4th quarter of 2020 and the project is targeted for completion by 2026.

Library Extension and Revitalisation Project

Following the commencement of site works in July 2020, the new extension on 6/F is targeted for completion by 2022.  Concurrently, the revitalisation works on existing floors are being carried out in phases with overall completion date scheduled by end of 2023. On top of planned measures to mitigate noise disturbance during the construction period, alternative study spaces outside library building have also been provided.

Student Hostel at Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

The Government has earmarked a site at Kowloon Tong for hostel development of the University. The project will provide 1,680 hostel places as well as supporting amenities including communal, social, recreational and dining facilities, carparks and outdoor recreational space for the University. With preliminary design established and corresponding planning application approved in December 2020, the project is targeted for completion by early 2028.