Students in limbo over HKU hostel in Kennedy Town

A workman steps between two of the blocks of the new hostel in Kennedy Town that has had to be closed. Photo: David Wong

University of Hong Kong students forced to stay off campus after excessive formaldehyde levels were found in new Kennedy Town residences say they still don't know whether they can move in tomorrow.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 2:53am

HKU faces dorm room shortage as hostel delayed

HKU faces dorm room shortage as hostel delayed

The University of Hong Kong has made an urgent appeal to staff to share their homes with hundreds of non-local students who could be homeless due to a serious delay in completion of the university's new hostel.

24 Aug 2012 - 11:28am

Giving the young a head start

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced a HK$1 billion plan to build 3,000 hostel units where young people could live for a limited period, to address their need for independent housing.

Leung said his scheme enlarged a proposal raised by his predecessor, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, while adding a construction subsidy.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Teenagers avoid Youth Square

Teenagers have hardly used the new facilities at Youth Square in Chai Wan since it opened in 2009, a government report says.

The 40,000-square-metre youth centre, built and operated by the Home Affairs Bureau, lost as much as HK$76 million during its first two years of operation.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Budget hostels will help young workers

Young people setting out on their working lives will be helped to live away from home by a hostel scheme proposed in the policy address, home affairs officials said yesterday.

In last month's speech, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government would help NGOs build hostels on land allocated by the administration.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Hostels could help working youths

I agree with the proposal that providing hostels for single working youths can boost the motivation of people who live in relatively remote areas like Tin Shui Wai.

But it's true that such measures could increase some youngsters' dependence on government aid.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

We must brush up our tourism act

Backpackers, budget travellers - call them what you will - can be found in every part of the world. Hong Kong, being a major gateway to China and Asia, would presumably be getting its fairer-than-usual share. But despite a global boom in the sector, we do not seem to be benefiting.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Youth hostel scheme for historic housing block hit by new doubts

New doubts arose yesterday about the future of the oldest public housing block in Hong Kong after a group interested in turning it into a youth hostel demurred over its outdated floor plan and degraded structure.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

film focus

Remember the days when a trilogy was a rare occurrence and only Police Academy and slasher movies dared to stride on past that magic number? Nowadays it seems everyone is doing it.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Long wait for mentally disabled

Severely mentally challenged people have to wait 10 years for institutional care, a parents' concern group has found.

The Social Welfare Department's March figures show the government is now providing 2,889 beds in hostels for severely mentally handicapped people, and 765 beds in care and attention homes for the severely disabled.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Still at your service after all these years

Wan Tak-chung joined YMCA International House as a bellboy when he was 18. The year was 1973. The 17-storey guesthouse in Waterloo Road had opened eight years earlier.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Cash crunch sees 'The Y' move upmarket

YMCA to relaunch two hostels as international hotels to maintain funding for social programmes

If you think the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong provides budget accommodation for travellers of modest means, think again - its two hostels, in Yau Ma Tei and Wan Chai, are to become four-star hotels.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Bazaar raises $102,000 for HKIEd hostel bursary

The campus of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in Tai Po was turned into a delightful charity bazaar last Wednesday, raising $101,918 for the institute's hostel bursary.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

New HKU halls offer an extra 900 places this summer

The Jockey Club Student Village II of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will open this summer, providing accommodation for 900 students.

Comprising Morrison Hall, Lee Shau Kee Hall and Suen Chi Sun Hall, the new student village cost more than $300 million to build.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

$100,000 reward for backpacker rapist

Police are stepping up their hunt for a sex attacker who forced two British backpackers to lie side by side before raping them at knifepoint on a remote Hong Kong hillside a month ago.

11 Jul 2004 - 12:00am