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Youth Hostel Scheme

Youth Hostel Scheme

Youth Hostel Scheme

To meet the aspirations of some working youth in having their own living space and to unleash the potential of development sites, the Government announced the introduction of the Youth Hostel Scheme (YHS) in the 2011-12 Policy Address. Under the YHS, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will be fully funded by the Government to construct youth hostels on under-utilised sites and, upon completion, operate the youth hostels on a self-financing basis.

To enable young people to accumulate savings for pursuing their aspirations in personal development, NGOs are required to set the rental at a level which does not exceed 60% of the market rent of flats of similar size in nearby areas. The first tenancy should be for at least two years, which can be renewed for an aggregate of no more than five years. Working youths who are Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 to 30 are eligible to apply as tenants and they shall be subject to income and asset tests at the time of application. They should not own any residential properties in Hong Kong.

If you are interested in applying for living in the youth hostel places, please refer to the following document and contact the relevant NGOs:

Youth Hostel Scheme – Subsidy Scheme for Using Hotels and Guesthouses as Youth Hostels

To further address the housing needs of young people, the Government announced in the 2022 Policy Address and the Youth Development Blueprint the initiative to expand the Youth Hostel Scheme by subsidising NGOs to rent suitable hotels and guesthouses for use as youth hostels. For more details, please refer to the following documents:

Please submit the completed registration or application form to the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau by email (, by post or in person to the following address:

Youth Hostel Scheme – Subsidy Scheme for Using
Hotels and Guesthouses as Youth Hostels
13/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices
2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong


Tel: 3655 4176