Frequently Asked Questions
Catering Services at HKU are operated by different caterers and managed by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS). Click HERE to learn more about the catering outlets at HKU
Student Hostels of HKU are under the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) management and coordination. Click HERE for more information.
HKU is an open campus. All common areas of the University are open to public.
Many of the facilities at HKU are designated for administrative, academic and research purposes and are not open to public for security and safety reasons.
No. Facilities in HKU Libraries/ Learning Commons, sports and amenities facilities in HKU are not managed by the Estates Office. Please click HERE to learn more.
Please click HERE to learn more about various sustainability initiatives and the management of capital works, retrofitting works and facility management. Please also visit the Sustainability Office website for relevant sustainability information and Sustainability Reports.
Only HKU alumni, current staff and students may have their own wedding photos taken on HKU campus, and official permission from the University must first be obtained. Please refer to the webpage https://www.hku.hk/others/weddingphotos.html for details.
All filming on any of HKU’s campuses must be approved and scheduled in advance, unless an exception has been granted. The University will consider requests to conduct filming on our campuses on a case by case basis. Please refer to the website https://www.hku.hk/others/filming.html for details.
For HKU buildings, the room temperature setting for the air-conditioning system has to consider both energy efficiency and human comfort. As such, the indoor temperature is set within a range of 23°C to 26°C, at 24.5°C generally, which has been adopted by the University.
In general, it is recommended to set the air-conditioned room temperatures to 24.5°C. The thermostats inside individual offices can be adjusted to suit user’s needs. Nonetheless, it does take time for the air-conditioning system to respond and so users may not feel any noticeable temperature change right away.
There will be times when a temperature adjustment will be needed. For example, when the number of people in a certain venue increases during a big event, the temperature may be set lower by our facility management staff to pre-cool the venue. In that situation, people arriving at the event early may feel cold. However, once the venue has filled up, the participants will feel more comfortable.
Like most of the buildings in Hong Kong, the air-conditioning system on the majority of HKU campuses is based only on a cooling system. It does not have a heating function except for those in some special locations that are equipped with a heating coil designed for humidity control. This type of design is different from that used in colder countries where the emphasis is on heating spaces, rather than on cooling them.
On campus, on a cold day when the outside temperature is below 18°C, the cooling function of the air-conditioning will not operate. Outside air is drawn into the building as fresh air; hence, you will feel cold in winter time as there is no heating function in the system. Due to the limitation of the air-conditioning system, we regret that this situation could not be changed. However, this situation is only likely to occur for short durations each year.