Frequently asked questions about accommodation, fees and communal meal education in residential colleges that are applicable to local and non-local first-year undergraduates admitted in or after AY2021/2022
Note: The information on this page is not applicable to incoming exchange students
Question 1: Do all freshmen have to live in a residential college (RC)?
Answer: If there are no special circumstances, all first-year undergraduates are staying in RC in their first year of undergraduate studies.
Question 2: Is it possible for me to stay in RC for four years?
Answer: Residential colleges reserve beds for freshmen every year. The extension (readmission) of RC residency in the next academic year will depend on whether the student submits an application before the deadline, the actual supply of bed spaces, the number of applications, and the results of the approval. Last year, there were about 5,000 students of sophomore or above who applied for RC residency extension, and there were about 3,000 applicants eventually moved in residential colleges.
Question 3: When should I submit an application for RC residency extension?
Answer: For those who wish to stay in RC next year, they are required to submit an application for RC residence extension this academic year before application deadline. Regarding how to application method and deadline, please contact the student leaders, academic staff or general office in your RC for details.
Question 4: What are the evaluation criteria for RC residency extension applications?
Answer: RC will rank all the RC residency extension applications. In principle, the ranking is evaluated according to the applicant’s participation and performance in RC educational activities in the past year or individual special needs. Social workers or counselors may be involved in the evaluation process when necessary. The College Master will make the final decision of ranking.
Question 5: How much is the RC accommodation fee?
Answer: For Year 1 undergraduates admitted in or after AY2021/2022, the RC accommodation fee for the AY2021/2022 is MOP 16,070. The RC accommodation fee may be adjusted every year and the details will be announced accordingly.
Question 6: When should I pay the RC accommodation fee?
Answer: RC accommodation fee is paid in two installments each academic year, and students need to pay according to the payment deadline as indicated on the payment slip.
Question 7: When can I apply for a refund of RC accommodation fee?
Answer: a) If the student applies for a withdrawal at least two weeks before the start of the RC residence period or earlier, he or she is eligible to apply for a full refund of the paid RC accommodation fee; b) If the student applies for a withdrawal within two weeks before the start of the RC residence period, he or she can apply for a refund of 50% of the paid RC accommodation fee; c) If the student withdraws after the start of the RC residence period, no refund will be given.
Question 8: Does RC accommodation fee include daily meal expenses?
Answer: RC accommodation fee only includes accommodation, NO daily meal expense is included.
Question 9: What is the idea of “Live and dine together in the same RC”?
Answer: The UM residential college system encourages students and teachers who live in the same RC to dine together in the RC dining hall. It is believed that this environment facilitates academic and cultural exchanges.
Question 10: What is “Communal Meal Participation subsidy”?
Answer: In order to implement the educational concept of “Live and dine together in the same RC”, the university specially provides a certain amount of “communal meal participation” subsidy (or “CMP Subsidy”) for RC students to use in the dining hall of their RC. Students are not allowed to transfer their CMP points to others or use their CMP points to pay for others.
Question 11: Can I dine in the dining hall of other colleges?
Answer: It is okay if other RCs let you in. But students can only use their “CMP” subsidy in their own RC.
Question 12: Do I need to pay for my meals in the RC dining hall?
Answer: Students can use their “CMP” subsidy to pay for their meal expenses in the RC dining hall. If the meal expenses exceed the subsidy limit, the students will pay for the difference directly to the RC dining hall caterer.
Question 13: How many “CMP” subsidy (points) do I have this year?
Answer: Year 1 undergraduates admitted in AY2021/2022 will receive 2,000 “CMP” subsidy (points) per semester in AY2021/2022. “CMP” subsidy may be adjusted every year and the details will be announced accordingly.
Question 14: How much is one “CMP” point?
Answer: One point of “CMP” is equivalent to one pataca.
Question 15: Can I use up all the “CMP” points at once?
Answer: No. During AY2021/2022, Year 1 undergraduates admitted in AY2021/2022 can use maximum up to 20 points during the same dining period; maximum up to 200 points can be used per week; and maximum up to 2000 points can be used per semester.
Question 16: How will the university handle my unused “CMP” points every week?
Answer: In order to make good use of the university’s CMP subsidy, if a student uses less than 100 points in a week, the difference between 100 points and the actual used subsidy will be refunded to RC. All unused “CMP” points by the end of each semester will be refunded to the university. In order to provide sufficient time for students to use their CMP subsidies, it is to announce that the difference between 100 points and the actual used subsidy by RC students in August and September 2021 will not be returned to RC.
Question 17: Do I have “CMP” point every year?
Answer: For Year 1 undergraduates admitted in AY2021/2022, after they complete the mandatory residence in RC in their first year, they will be given 250 “CMP” points per semester when they are promoted to Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 regardless of whether they live in RC or not (up to 20 points can be used in the same meal period; up to 50 points can be used per week). “CMP” subsidy may be adjusted every year and the details will be announced accordingly.
Question 18: When I am promoted to Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4, how will the university handle my unused “CMP” points every week?
Answer: In order to make good use of the university’s CMP subsidy, if a student uses less than 10 points in a week, the difference between 10 points and the actual used subsidy will be refunded to RC. All unused “CMP” points by the end of each semester will be refunded to the university.