Student Dormitory & Housing
Only students who apply from abroad are eligible to apply for on-campus dormitory. There are 13 residential halls available. The rent is about NT$15,000 for each student per semester. Students need to pay the full amount along with NT$1,000 damage deposit upon registration. The deposit will be refunded when students check out of the dormitory.
Reasonably priced housing is available in the neighborhood of NSYSU. Most apartments for rent come with 3 bedrooms but usually unfurnished. The average rent for an apartment near the campus is about NT$20,000 per month. Individual rooms are around NT$5,000 to NT$8,000 per month. A security deposit of one to two months rent is usually required. A lease contract is usually required and the duration is one year.
Fees for accommodation
- On-campus dormitory (“International Village”) of double-occupancy rooms (single-occupancy is not available due to limited space).
- Each room is equipped with Internet access, air-condition, wooden-framed bed, desk and chair, bookshelf, and closet; (Basic Bedding is not including)
- Each common area (shared by 4 ~ 5 rooms) is equipped with bathroom and shower facilities, kitchenette (with microwave, no stove), drinking water dispenser, refrigerator, television (cable-access) and lounge area with sofa.
- Room Rent: NT$15,000/semester, Deposit: NT$1,000
- Electricity cost is charged according to use. Use of air-conditioner will cost you NT$700/US$21.21 per month
- Cooking is not allowed in the dormitory.
How to open a bank account?
To open an account, students must present their Certificate of Enrollment, passport, Record of ID No. which is applied from the Immigration Agency, other related certificate such as driver license and Chinese name chop then fill out an application form at the bank of their choice. The most convenient place to open a saving/deposit account is the Post Office. CLC students may use their Certificate of Enrollment, passport, Record of ID No. in Taiwan, and Chinese name chop to open a saving account at any branch of the post office (Department of Savings/Deposits of the Postal Administration) or banks. When opening an account, students may also apply for an ATM card.
Note: The post office doesn’t exchange currency and does not accept funds from abroad. The office hour of bank in Taiwan are from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Foreign currencies may be exchanged at most major banks.
Where to open an account: Bank of Taiwan or Post Office
Health Care Center located on campus with doctors from the Kaohsiung Medical University offers clinical services such as family medicine, internal medicine, and dentistry.
Cafeterias in the student dorms offer Chinese and some Western Food. Students can buy lunch boxes in the grocery store at reasonable prices. Students will find both Chinese and Western-style restaurants in the Student Activities Center. An outdoor cafe under the bodhi trees brings a relaxing atmosphere to the campus, where faculty and students enjoy an ocean breeze and occasional music performance.
There are more than 70 student societies, covering cultural, academic, and social interests. Students are free to join the societies they are interested in and enjoy rich activities on campus. The university also holds many cultural activities and famous artists are often invited to share their experiences with the faculty and students.
Obtaining Money from Abroad
Cash (in New Taiwan Dollars) is by far the most widely used method of payment in Taiwan. CLC tuition fees, for example, must be paid in NTD and cash only. You should therefore prepare enough money in either NTD or other currencies that can be easily converted into NT Dollars. Visa and MasterCard are also widely used in most stores in Taiwan. Cash advances are possible at most banks and many ATMs accept credit cards or other bankcards issued abroad.
As stipulated by Article 43 of the Employment Services Act, foreigners without a permit with an employer must not engage in work in the ROC. The term “work” refers to any labor or services rendered, regardless of whether it is for pay or voluntary. The scope of works as limited in Paragraph 1 of Article 46 does not apply to the following categories of students to be employed to engage in work in the Republic of China; with the exception of the winter and summer vacations, their sum of working hours shall not exceed sixteen (16) hours per week:
- Foreign students enrolled in a public or registered private college/university; and
- Oversees Chinese Students and other Foreign Students of Chinese Origin enrolled in a public or registered private high school or above.
Kaohsiung’s climate is tropical and is usually humid throughout the year. Average temperature of summer is 29C (84F). Summer, from May until September, is usually humid and intensely hot. The rainy season lasts from April to August. Typhoon season is mainly between June and September. Winter is short and chilly, usually lasts from mid December to February.
Electric supply is 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC.
All students are advised to buy a guidebook of Taiwan before arrival. Most students find the guide published by Lonely Planet very useful for their stay in Taiwan.
Transportation in Taiwan is convenient, efficient, and relatively inexpensive. There are many different ways of getting around in Kaohsiung and exploring the rest of the island.
Motorcycles are the most common transportation. The Bus is also a convenient commuting tool, and the fare fee for the regular bus is NT$12. The bus stop is right in front of the university entrance. The Airport Shuttle runs to and from the Railway Station and the Kaohsiung Airport every 15 minutes. Students can take the Airport Shuttle and transfer to Bus no. 248 to the University or take KRTC from Kaohsiung International Airport (R4) to the Sizihwan Station (O1).
How to reach NSYSU?
- From Airport: after arriving at the Kaohsiung International Airport, students can take the Airport Shuttle from the Kaohsiung International Airport to the Railway Station, and transfer to bus no.248 to the university or take KRTC from Kaohsiung International Airport (R4) to Formosa Boulevard Station (O5/R10) by the Red line and transfer to the Orange line to Sizihwan Station (O1).
- From Kaohsiung railway station: Bus no. 248 which can be taken at the railway station runs to and from the railway station and the university or you could take KRTC from Kaohsiung Main Station to Formosa Boulevard Station (O5/R10) by the Red Line, and transfer to the Orange Line to Sizihwan Station (O1). After arriving at Sizihwan Station (O1), students can take the transit bus directly to campus administration building.
- From Taiwan High Speed Rail station: after arriving at Zuoying Station, students can take the "High Speed Rail Gushang" transit bus directly to campus administration building. (Hsitzu Bay)
- A taxi ride from the airport to the university takes 30 to 40 minutes and usually costs approximately NT$500.
Notes for applicants
- Students who would like to drive or ride in Taiwan could refer to the website of National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior
- Helmets are required while riding motorcycles or scooters, and be sure to always have your driving license and car/scooter registration with you for inspection.
- Drivers are required to obey the campus traffic rules when driving on campus. Besides, parking in the dormitory area is prohibited.
- The CLC does not offer airport pickup service; therefore, please have all transportation information you need on hand before arriving at Kaohsiung.
Mailing address: Chinese Language Center, Room 321,
College of Liberal Arts Building, No. 70, Lien-hai Rd.,
Kaohsiung city 80424, Taiwan
Tel: 886-7-5252000 ext: 3030 or 3031