For students starting a new phase of life in university, it must be quite a headache flat hunting before the term begins. Worry not, finding the most suitable neighbourhood near your school is not as difficult as it seems.
The Open University of Hong Kong is smack in the middle of the homely neighbourhood of Homantin. For those who are attending OUHK, this is definitely a great neighbourhood to live in. The area is a well-organised community with all the public facilities you can think of – there are Kowloon Public Library on Pui Ching Road, Fat Kwong Street Sports Centre and Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool near Oi Man Estate, Kwong Wah Hospital and Yau Ma Tei Fire Station on Waterloo Road. Not to mention, grocery shopping is very convenient in the area with supermarkets on all major streets and a wet market in Ho Man Tin Estate.To top things off, Homantin is a mere 10-15 minute walk to Mongkok!! Rent for a 350 sq. ft. apartment starts at around HK$10,000.
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If you have a limited budget, Hung Hom is the next best choice. Located on the other side of Lo Lung Hang Valley, Hung Hom is a more local neighbourhood with narrower streets and busier traffic but it is a relatively convenient location where you can reach campus by mini bus or bus. In terms of doing your grocery shopping and filling your stomach, you have the one-stop Whampoa World, which is a shopping mall with over 300 shops that include clothing, eyewear, supermarket, home furnishings, electronics, restaurants and entertainment etc. Other choices for grocery shopping include Hung Hom Municipal Services Building and the surrounding wet markets if you are aiming to be more economical. Rent for a 500 sq. ft. apartment starts at around HK$12,0000.
Right next to Hung Hom, Tokwawan is another local district, filled with local mom and pop stores and cha chaan tengs that offer great bargains. Tokwawan is a tranquil location right by the sea and is home to the picturesque Hoi Sam Park, Cattle Depot Artist Village and historical temples such as Tin Hau Temple (built in 1885), Hoi Sam Temple and Lung Mo Atlar. Since the closure of Kai Tak Airport, Tokwawan has been undergoing a series of redevelopment which has transformed the district into a place of tradition, culture and art. Rent for a 500 sq. ft. apartment starts at around HK$12,5000.
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