Other Fees and Expenses


Other Fees 

A schedule of other fees that are chargeable to students is published in the Student Handbook. All students are advised to refer to the Student Handbook on web for details.


Caution Money

Caution money is chargeable to all students at first registration. This sum is refundable to students who withdraw from study properly if they have no outstanding fees/claims to be paid to the University and they have returned their student identity card. The sum will be converted to the graduation fee upon completion of a programme.



General Expenses

Non-local students should be aware of the high cost of living in Hong Kong. Apart from tuition fee and hall fees, academic expenses (excluding computer and related expenses) for full-time students are likely to be in the region of HK$7,000 – HK$10,000* for most disciplines and around HK$30,000 for design programmes. Basic meal charges at campus catering outlets are likely to be about HK$40,000* per annum (or about HK$30,000 if summer terms are excluded).


* This is only an estimate, specific disciplines may have higher academic expenses. Living expenses vary for individuals, students may wish to allow funds for personal items, entertainment, overseas travel, medical expenses, etc.


Full-time non-local students in government-funded programmes are eligible to apply for accommodation in the Student Halls of Residence. Non-local undergraduate students will be given an opportunity to stay in University-managed Accommodation (including the Student Halls and off-campus housing), normally for their first two years of study (including the period of joining Work-integrated Education/internship and/or outbound exchange programme, if any) and subject to the availability of residential places. A reasonable rent of HK$12,741 is charged in academic year 2019-20 (from September to May). The lodging fees for 2020-21 will be announced in due course. For details, please visit here. Non-local students are reminded to secure sufficient funds for the accommodation cost in their 3rd year of study onwards, before embarking on studies at PolyU.


In general, the average spending per academic year would be around HK$204,000 (USD26,200).


Amount per academic year


$140,000 (USD: 18,000)

University On-campus Accommodation#

#Normally granted for the first 2 years for 2020/21 intake cohort

$13,000 (USD: 1,700)+


Meals (HK$100 per day)

$40,000 (USD: 5,100)

Other expenses (books, laundry, mobile phone, etc.)

$11,000 (USD: 1,400)


$204,000 (USD: 26,200)

+ The rent of HK$13,000 (USD1,700) is charged in the 2019-20 academic year. The lodging fees for 2020-21 will be announced in due course.


The above estimates are for reference only.  The actual amount required will vary depending on individuals' lifestyles and preferences.  Approximate exchange rate is USD1.00 = HKD7.80.