Residing in “Hall 12”: A Jockey Club House Feature / 走進「舍堂十二」:馬會樓專訪

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For many of you, it must have been months and years since you have started studying at CityU. If you think you know everything about this university, did you know that we actually have 12 student residence halls on campus? The mysterious “Hall 12” is located by the Academic Exchange Building, named the Jockey Club House. Since the residence hall is a bit far from our Cornwall Street site, you may not be aware that we have 92 postgraduate residents living there. Want to know what it is like living there? Continue reading to find out!

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The Jockey Club House is the oldest residence hall in CityU. Built in 1997, the hall is a six-story building. The first, fourth and sixth floors are for guys, and the second, third and fifth for girls. While the bathrooms and toilets on each floor are shared, most of the residents have their own single rooms, with some double ones. The corridor is decorated with white porcelain tiles and yellow wooden doors, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. In each of the rooms, there is a sink, mirror and shelf near the door. The size of the room is two-third of a double room in other halls – which is quite spacious for only one resident although the wardrobe is a bit small. In each floor, there is a common room for cooking and gathering, also a really big terrace for people to dry their clothes.

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Just like the rooftops in many Japanese comics and dramas, the protagonist just lies there, soaking in the sun and chilling with friends, or simply leaning against the fence and feeling the breeze. If you ever have a chance to look at the view from the Jockey Club House, you will find it really relaxing, and perhaps you will be able to live up to some of your childhood fantasies. (If there were more flowers and greeneries, and perhaps a bit of a repainting would make the place look perfect!) Well, for now, it is still the best place to hang your laundry.

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What is it like to be living at the Jockey Club House?

“The Jockey Club House really a very lovely place. I made a lot of friends here which is a major source of happiness. The hall is also very close to the campus and the MTR station! It is convenient for you to go anywhere.”

  • ZHANG Xukun, Jockey Club House, Year 3, PhD Public Policy, China

“We always organize different activities for ourselves, for example sushi night and guitar jamming and so on. Our benefit is that we are the closest to the MTR station, so basically the whole Hong Kong is our common room! Another benefit is that we can just take a lift ride down to Garden Café to eat. Our residents are all coming from different cultural backgrounds. I think eating together is the best way to unite everyone.

We also participate in activities held by the Student Residence Office. For example, the Joint-hall Mid-autumn Festival Celebration (with Hall 8), yoga classes, sports games (and PEK Cup–again, with Hall 8), etc. We hope that in the coming year, Jockey Club House can have more interactions with other residence halls in CityU. Hope we can communicate well with the others without the generation gap, after all, we are much older than them, haha!”

  • LAU Chun Kit, Residence Tutor of Jockey Club House, Year 4, PhD Management Sciencess, Hong Kong

Writer & Photographer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)

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來到城大這麼久,大家對舍堂已經相當熟悉了吧,但是你是否知道,我們有一座神秘的「舍堂十二」呢?嗯哼,就是位於學術交流大樓的馬會樓。馬會樓住著92位博士生,由於離歌和老街宿舍區較遠,所以有些宿生並不知道它的存在,想不想知道那是怎樣的一座舍堂呢?今天小編帶你揭秘馬會樓。

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建於1997年的馬會樓是城大最古老的宿舍舍堂,沒有之一(歌和老街宿舍於2001年方告落成)。除了大堂以外共有六層,一、四、六為男生層,二、三、五為女生層,大部分房間是單人間,剩下的是為數不多的雙人間,每層的洗手間和浴室是公共的。走廊內的裝潢是白瓷磚加黃木門,很懷舊的氣息。每間單人間內,靠門的地方都有一個洗手池,架子和鏡子,房間大小大概是其他舍堂雙人間的三分之二,一個人住還算寬敞,就是衣櫃小了點。每層有一間交誼室供大家做飯、聚會,舍堂內有一個很大的露台,擺著晾曬衣服的架子,和一張藍色的大桌子,記得日漫和偶像劇里,主角慵懶地躺在天台曬太陽,或者三兩個朋友拎著便當席地而坐,或者只是簡單靠在圍欄旁邊,俯視下面的風景,微風習習,實在也是件很愜意的事,這裡也許可以滿足這些幻想。(如果把這裡重新漆一遍,再種些花草就完美了)當然了,小編覺得最大的好處是有地方曬被子!

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住在馬會樓是種怎樣的體驗?

「馬會樓是個很可愛的地方,我在這裡交了許多朋友,得到許多快樂。去地鐵站很近啦!去校園里的其他地方也很方便。」

── 張旭坤(馬會樓,公共政策博士生三年級,來自中國)

「我們自己也會經常組織活動的,壽司之夜啊,大家一起玩結他啊等等,我們的優勢是離地鐵站特別近,整個香港都是我們的common room。另一個好處是樓下就是Garden Café,吃東西很方便。宿生的文化背景很不同,不過我發現食物是把大家聚在一起的好方法!

宿舍處的大型活動我們也有參加啦,聯舍中秋晚會呀(通常與舍堂八合辦)、瑜伽班呀、運動會呀,未來一年我希望馬會樓可以跟其他舍堂更多些互動,不過不知道會不會有代溝,畢竟我們年紀比較大了嘛。(笑)」

── 劉俊傑(馬會樓導師,管理科學系博士生四年級,來自香港,馬會樓tutor )

文及攝:   王琪 (舍堂十)