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Cross-Cultural Integration

Financial Matters

Banking Services

The majority of banks in Hong Kong are open Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning, except for Sunday and public holidays. A campus branch of the Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) is located at the G/F of Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building. Branches of other banks such as the Bank of China, Citibank and HSBC, can be found in the Tuen Mun Town Centre.




Details of the campus branch of BEA are as follows:

Bank of East Asia Ltd (Lingnan University Branch)

G/F, Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building

Tel: (852) 3609 3631

Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: Closed


Opening Bank Account

Non-local students are suggested to have their local bank accounts while they are staying in Hong Kong. This can be arranged at any local bank or the on-campus bank. To open an account, students will need to book an appointment with the bank, complete and submit an application form to the bank together with the following supporting documents:

1) Passport / Chinese Travel Permit & China Identity Card (中华人民共和国往来港澳通行证及中国身份证)       
2) Hong Kong ID Card
3) Letter of Admission
4) Lingnan University Student ID Card
5) Proof of address in Hong Kong (student hostel address issued by the Student Services Centre which will be given during orientation talk on 20 August afternoon)

6) Proof of permanent address in home country within the past three months (e.g. letter of admission with home address, bank statement in English/Chinese or utilities bills in English/Chinese issued in the last three months or latest driving license (with photo and address) in English/Chinese)


Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

Automated Teller Machine (ATMs) providing 24-hour cash withdrawal services can be easily found in Hong Kong such as MTR stations and large shopping malls. ATM is available at the campus mini-bank which provides cash withdrawal service for ATM cards that are part of the following networks: PLUS, UnionPay, Cirrus, VISA, JETCO, MasterCard. Students can use their home bank ATM card to withdraw local currency in Hong Kong dollars. However, the home bank may charge a transaction fee for using of ATM card overseas.

There is no cash withdrawal transaction fee when using local bank ATM cards. Students may transfer money from their home country, or make an ATM withdrawal from their home bank and deposit the money into their local bank account.


Credit Cards

Students may apply for a local credit card at any local banks in Hong Kong. Most shops and restaurants in Hong Kong will accept VISA and MasterCard; some will accept UnionPay Card. The shops will usually indicate the type of cards they accept at the entrance.

Friendly reminder: Cash advance charges may be charged if students use their credit card to withdraw cash from the ATM.


Living Expenses

First Month

It is recommended that students can prepare HK$4,500-5,000 for their first month expenses.


Estimated Monthly Expenses

The cost of living will vary among individuals. The following table is listed for general reference only:

Item Approx. expenses per month (HKD) Approx. expenses per month (USD)
Meals (on-campus) HK$3,000 - $3,500 US$380 - $450
Entertainment HK$300 - $600 US$40 - $80
Transportation (local) HK$200 - $500 US$25 - $65
Miscellaneous HK$300 - $500 US$40 - $65
Total HK$3,800 - $5,100 US$485 - $660