Written by Cindy Cheung
Cindy Cheung, a Year 4 local undergraduate student, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).
Different housing options along the street in Hung Hom (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)
Hong Kong is not so big, surprisingly, there are a variety of accommodation choices. Based on the locations and the sizes of the accommodation, the rental fees can vary a lot. Here are some common housing options in Hong Kong that you may be interested in!
Old Apartment Blocks 唐樓
Old apartment blocks in Tai Po (Photo taken by Cindy Cheung)
Old apartment blocks are common in residential districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Kwun Tong, North Point and Tai Po. Upper floors (from 2/F up to 9/F) are mostly for residence while the ground floor is for commercial use. Since the buildings are old, lift is not provided. So you can have good exercise by walking up the stairs every day! The rental fee of this kind of flats is generally cheaper.
Village Houses 村屋
Village houses in Fanling (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)
Village houses with 2-3 levels are commonly located in New Territories such as Yuen Long, Sheung Shui, Fanling, Sha Tin and Sai Kung. You may have to take some time to go to the city centre by public transport like buses, minibuses or even bikes! However, you will enjoy the quietness and the fresh breeze a lot.
Apartment Blocks 洋樓
Photo taken in Hung Hom by Crispin Chan
It is commonly found everywhere in Hong Kong. The size of each flat varies but two to three bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom are often provided. Some students may share the flat with their fellows and the monthly rate can be reduced to HK$3,000 – HK$6,000 per head.
New Apartment Blocks with Clubhouses屋苑
Photo taken in Sha Tin by Crispin Chan
It is similar to apartment blocks where clubhouses with swimming pools, gym rooms and functional rooms are available for residents. Some of them even have their own shopping mall with shops, restaurants and supermarkets. However, the rental fee is generally high. Again, some students may share the flat with their friends and the monthly rate can be reduced to HK$4,000 – HK$8,000 per head.
Studio Flats 套房/ 開放式單位
Photo source: Apple Daily
Studio flats typically consist of one room which serves as the living room, dining room and bedroom. The rental fee of studio flats is comparatively low with better privacy.
Serviced Apartments 服務式住宅
Serviced apartments in Ma On Shan (Photo taken by Cindy Cheung)
The rental fee of the serviced apartments are relatively high. It’s similar to hotel as room service and all the furniture are provided. Obviously, the quality of living and services is promising.
OPSA Student Hosts will continue to introduce to you different tips on living out of campus. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Hung Hom, Fanling and Sheung Shui are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!
You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.