Friday, 26 June 2015

Affordable Accommodation for Foreign Students in Hong Kong

Credit: Campus Hong Kong

Back at my previous job I was entrusted with the task of recruiting interns from overseas every summer. While most of the potential candidates, also HKID-holders, had their accommodation issue sorted by staying with their families and friends, there were occasionally those second or third culture kids in foreign countries, whose previous visits to Hong Kong were at least a decade ago, and who have not even distant relatives to speak of in Hong Kong. As the person who had to give them a vague inkling of the average rent for a 'shoe box', which the interns would be calling temporary home for three months, I was invariably on the receiving end of dropped jaws and faces that looked just incredulous.

But that’s about to change, for a bit at least, with Campus Hong Kong. With priorities given to foreign exchange students at local universities, foreign students employed as interns at local companies, as well as local university students, Campus Hong Kong offers a total of 48 well-equipped and furbished rooms, each spanning 660-square-foot, offering plenty of space for four, and complete with en-suite bathroom, fully fitted kitchenette, refrigerator, high-speed Wi-Fi and many more. From the individual lockable drawers, study desk with chair, hanging rail, storage shelves and multi-socket and USB hub that come with each bed, to free access to the fitness centre, sauna and swimming pool, HKD190 per bed per day (HKD1,200 weekly and HKD4,000 monthly) is more than justifiable, considering the astronomical rents in Hong Kong.

And no, Campus Hong Kong is not located in some far-off places in the city where nobody speaks English. Just seven minutes away from MTR Tsuen Wan Station and Tsuen Wan West Station, Campus Hong Kong is fairly well connected by the city’s integrated public transportation. Oh, and as residents at Campus Hong Kong, you’ll be entitled to special benefits at designated stores at Discovery Park mall, such as discounts or complimentary gifts. 

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