International - 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 scheme / 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$44,000* per annum (or about HK$33,000 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 schemes / programmes are eligible to apply for accommodation in the Student Halls of Residence. Non-local undergraduate students will, subject to the availability of residential places, normally be given an opportunity to stay in University-managed Accommodation (including the Student Halls and off-campus housing), for their first two years of study (including the period of joining Work-integrated Education/internship and/or outbound exchange programme, if any) A reasonable rent of HK$13,067 is charged in academic year 2021/22 (from 27th August 2021 to 3rd June 2022). 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$209,000 (USD26,800).


Amount per academic year

Tuition fee

HK$145,000 (USD: 18,600)

University-managed accommodation#

#Normally granted for the first 2 years of studies

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


Personal expenses

HK$51,000 (USD: 6,500)


HK$209,000 (USD: 26,800)


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 = HK$7.80.