5 things you should do in university

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"5 Things You Should Do in Hong Kong's Universities" (Chinese: 大學五件事[1]) refers to studying, doing a part-time job, dating, hall residence and taking up an official position in the Student Association. It is a term that originated at the University of Hong Kong,[2] and refers to the five most important activities that university students should seek to accomplish before graduation in order to have a fulfilling university experience.[no citations needed here]


University students take responsibility for their own studying. Students who score high grades during their stay in an academic term or year will be awarded Dean's List Honor.[3] Students who do not actively attend classes and complete assignments on time may receive a failing grade. Those who are in a group project who only benefit from resources, services or grades without making significant contributions are called "free-riders[4]".

There are different types of teaching at university, including lectures, tutorials, problem-based learnings, laboratories, practical classes, and field trips. A lecture[5] is the formal instruction where a large amount of students gather in a large hall and listen to lecturers while taking notes. A tutorial[6] operates in a small group which encourages students' discussions and presentations. A problem-based learning[7] requires students to take part in small-group discussion sessions, where students engage with specifically designed tasks to deal with possible real-life situations. A laboratory and practical class[8] allows students to investigate the practical tasks and develop expertise in critical enquiry, problem solving, discipline-based techniques experimental and data analysis. A field trip is an educational experience away from classrooms where students can obtain first-hand knowledge by observation.

Part-time employment

Tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses are charged as a part of an application to the university. Students therefore take on part-time jobs such as tutoring in order to finance tuition or setting money aside to pay back grant loans. Students in universities have flexible time schedules, so part-time jobs can be done during the day or evening when students are not doing school work.


Dating, also known as 'chut pool' (Chinese: 出pool ) in Cantonese slang, means that the relationship status of a person changes from "single" to "in a relationship". The term 'chut pool' was first created by the students at the University of Hong Kong and was then widely adopted by other university students in Hong Kong. Besides 'chut pool', university students also use the terms 'AX' or 'OX' to formulate their relationship status. "A" stands for 'available' (single) and "O" stands for 'occupied' (in a relationship), while "X" indicates the number of times you have been in a relationship. For instance, if a person is single and has never been in a relationship, the designation is "A0[9]" - Available and zero past relationships. There is also a tradition among the freshmen to 'round' their status in the orientation camp.

Most students actively pursue relationships in university because the academic pressure is greatly reduced after they have taken the University Entrance Exam in secondary school.

Gay students designate their relationship status slightly differently; the "X" is used to indicate the number of times they have been in a relationship but in minus form. For example, a gay single has been in one previous relationship is A-1 - Available and one prior relationship.

"Chut pool meal[10]" is a tradition which requires students to buy a meal for their friends after getting a boyfriend or a girlfriend in college. This meal can be considered as a celebration for the person who committed to a relationship. At the same time, it provides a chance for the couple to meet each other's friends.

Halls of residence[11]

Hall residence refers to a university student living in a dormitory that is inside or near the campus; some people call dormitory a hall or hostel as well. Hall residence provides not only a place for accommodation, but also a chance for students to experience independent apartment living and close interaction with people of different backgrounds. This can also expand students' social circles. Students may be required to participate in various hall activities or join hall committees during the period of accommodation. Student residence halls in Hong Kong vary from one university to another.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

There are a total number of thirteen residential halls and three non-residential halls. All of them are located separately among the three student villages, including the main campus, Sassoon Road and Jockey Club Student Villages (I, II and III). Halls of HKU are known for their strong hall spirit; each hall has its own tradition, culture, motto and unique characteristics. Hall members are encouraged to participate actively in various hall activities and also some inter-hall competitions like a mass dance competition. Through these activities, members build up strong identification with their halls, establishing a strong sense of belonging and commitment to their halls.

Lady Ho Tung Hall of HKU

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

As a collegiate university, CUHK comprises nine colleges. Each college has a hostel, dining hall and other facilities. Students who have applied for hostel accommodation will be assigned to their own college hostels. Although all undergraduate students of CUHK are given the opportunity to stay in student hostels for at least one year during their studies, they also have to get enough scores to be granted with a hostel offer afterwards.

Apart from travelling time and students' home environment, participation in student activities will also be considered as a resident selection criteria; therefore, many students take up some official positions in student association in order to have qualified scores for hostel accommodation. Students who live in college hostels are encouraged to participate in a variety of hall activities and join in some inter-college competitions.

Daisy Li Hall of New Asia College

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (UST)

There are a total of nine halls in UST.[12] Halls 1 through 5 have their own student associations; each hall has their own tradition and culture. However, since Halls 6 through 9 are newly built, they do not have student associations. In UST, through the participation of inter-hall competitions, students develop their strong sense of belonging.

Hall 8 of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

City University of Hong Kong (CityU)

There are 11 halls in total; ten of them are for undergraduate students.[13] Each hall has its own culture and tradition. Hall committees organize several activities for hall residents to participate in; therefore, strong hall spiritTemplate:Clarify is developed among student residents.

Halls of City University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

Student Halls of PolyU are located in both Hung Hom and Homantin.[14] For student halls in Hung Hom, there are nine halls altogether in a 22-story building, while for student halls in Homantin, there are six halls altogether in a 26-story building. The Student Halls provide not just a place for accommodation but also plenty of opportunities for interaction with students of diverse culture and backgrounds.

Jockey Club Wing of Hong Kong Polytechnic Universityity

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

HKBU has four halls.[15] Living on campus helps immerse students in University lifeTemplate:Clarify and also mixes students of different backgrounds together. As a result, students' perspectives will broaden,Template:Clarify [no citations needed here] and they will embrace different cultures so that they can learn to be considerate and respectful of their hall mates.

Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

Lingnan University (LN)

There are currently eight blocks of student hostels in LN.[16] LN considers "hostel life"Template:Clarify a form of informal education.[no citations needed here] As a result, all full-time undergraduate students are required to stay at student hostels on campus for at least one academic year for the entire curriculum at the university. Each hostel has their own tradition and cultures. Student residents are encouraged to participate in various hall activities to build up a strong connection with their halls.Template:Clarify

Hall of Lingnan University

Taking up official position in Student Associations (Chinese: 上莊[17])

A committee member position in university gives real-world experience in situations that students will encounter in the workforce.

Student Associations at a university are categorized into several types. The largest-scale association would be department associations such as the business college association, followed by the faculty associations like the association of translation. There are also affiliated clubs or societies such as film society and badminton society.

Responsibilities include organizing events for the association and coordinating with other school committees on inter-university functions.

Unlike secondary school associations, there is no teacher who leads. This develops leadership skills, interpersonal skills and management skills.


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