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Annual Costs and Fees

The tuition fees and on campus accommodation and housing costs for local and non-local students are different. Opportunities for accommodation, internship, scholarships, employment and financial assistance also differ based on a number of criteria.


Accommodation Fee *
 University-provided Accommodation 

Local Student:

HK$10,940 – HK$19,320 per year  more +

Non-local Student #:

HK$13,460 – HK$23,770 per year  more + 

Hall fees listed above are ONLY for new students admitting to HKUST in Fall 2019 for the entire residential period. Please visit Student Housing and Residential Life Office for more details.

 Off-Campus Accommodation 

Please contact the Off-Campus Housing Section.

Local Tuition Fee
HK$42,100 per year
Non-local Tuition Fee #
HK$140,000 per year
Visiting Students Tuition Fee
HK$4,700 per credit
Visiting Intern Tuition Fee
HK$1,754 per credit

# You are considered as a non-local student if you are a holder of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:

  1. Student visa/entry permit; or
  2. Visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates; or
  3. Dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/entry permit by the Director of Immigration.

Note: EDB in November 2018 reviewed and redefined its definition of dependent visa/entry permit for non-local students, applicable to all applicants, as students holding dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.

If you are offered admission into HKUST as a non-local student, you are required to pay tuition fees according to the fee schedule for non-local students.

* Non-local students are provided with university accommodation in their first two years of study in HKUST. Students are advised to plan ahead to arrange off-campus accommodation thereafter and should expect to pay HKD5,000 – HKD7,000 (~USD640 – USD900) off-campus rental fee per month for a bed space in a shared apartment. Please visit Off-Campus Housing Section for full details.


HKUST is committed to supporting outstanding local and non-local students who choose to pursue their higher education. Scholarships are awarded to top students from all backgrounds based on academic merit and non-academic achievements.

For further details or inquiry about all scholarships, including application forms and procedures, please click to visit the HKUST Scholarship & Financial Aid Office’s webpage.

Student Employment & Internship

Local: Full time local students can apply for different types of internships (paid or unpaid) and look for graduate job via the HKUST Career Centre.

Non-local: Full time non-local students with valid student visas are eligible to take up summer jobs and participate in curriculum-related internships that are endorsed by HKUST. In addition, during the semester, students are eligible to take up part-time jobs on campus for a maximum of 10 hours per week. After completion of their degree program, non-local international students may apply to stay and work in Hong Kong under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-Local Graduates. For details, please visit

For more details on our Career Center, you may click

Financial Assistance

Students who have financial difficulties may apply for financial assistance. There are different types of financial assistances and related services. For more details, you may visit Scholarship and Financial Aid Office.


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