Living in Kennedy Town makes commuting to the University of Hong Kong a 15-minute stroll that I thoroughly enjoy doing every morning. Dropping by one of the local bakeries and grabbing some warm bread for breakfast on my way has become a routine now. I love watching people start off their day, the view from the harbour and just the generally warm weather makes me want to be outdoors all the time.
Classes usually last for 2-3 hours. The workload I must say is higher than what I’m used to at Sussex (hello, Asian education system) but not necessarily more difficult. Either way, it’s definitely manageable!
Favourite time of the day: lunch. Any mealtime to be honest… HKU has quite a good amount of places to eat for cheaper student-friendly prices. There will usually always be at least one friend who has a lunch break at the same time as I do and since most students seem to eat lunch from places on campus, lunch has become a time of catching up!
Campus is a lovely maze that I have somehow become familiar with. The view is gorgeous no matter where you are because HKU sits on top of a hill (do not fear, escalators and elevators are provided).
On days where the weather is nice I try to do something fun after class. Hong Kong is so diverse that it feels like I can never run out of things to do here.
It’s got the crazy city life which is the only thing many people seem to know about, but it’s also surrounded by small islands you can visit by simply taking a ferry for a few minutes, lots of great hikes along the numerous mountains and also multiple beaches you can unwind at.
Nightlife is also great and a lot of fun in Hong Kong – especially for girls. I don’t think I have ever had to pay for entrance or any of my drinks at a club so far.
Long story short – if you’re looking for a fun and exciting place to go for exchange, Hong Kong won’t let you down!
Bluinse Thomas is a Law with International Relations student, currently on a study abroad programme at the University of Hong Kong.