Garbage Disposal and Recycling

If you live off campus, you’ll have to dispose of your own trash yourself. Of course, this depends on your own living arrangements, as some apartment complexes do have on-site garbage disposal facilities so you don’t have to wait for the garbage truck to come by and pick up your trash. Also, you may want to keep separate bins for non-recyclable and recyclable trash.

For non-recyclable trash:
– This includes kitchen waste and other kinds of trash that aren’t recyclable/reusable.
– To dispose of non-recyclable trash, you are required to purchase designated trash bags sold at most supermarkets and convenience stores.

For recyclable trash:
– This includes paper, glass, metal, plastic, etc.
– You don’t need to use the designated garbage bags used for non-recyclable trash. You’re free to use any bag for reusable trash.

Trash Disposal

To dispose of your trash, you’ll need to go outside and wait for the truck to come by. There are different garbage collection points per district, so you might want to figure out which collection point is closest to you. You can find out more about garbage collection points here.

There are usually two pick-up times per day, but this depends on where you live. Pick-up times usually start in the late afternoon or in the evening. The garbage truck except for Wednesday and Sunday. It’s not too hard to miss the truck. If you hear Für Elise playing in the distance, you’ll know that the garbage truck is somewhere nearby. It should sound something like this.

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Hassle-free Guide to Receiving Your Beloved Packages and Letters

As a new student in Taiwan, you may be unsure of which address to use to make sure that your parcels or letters actually get to you.

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pexels-photo-211290If you reside at one of the NCCU dorms

Depending on the sender’s preferences (and language abilities), the two following ways of addressing your letters and packages may be used. If possible, it is ideal to remind the sender to include both the English AND Chinese address on the form, just to be safe. The format for writing the address is shown below:

NCCU’s address in English:

No. 64, Sec. 2, ZhiNan Rd., Wenshan District, Taipei City 11605, Taiwan (R.O.C.),
Your Name
Your Room Number (for example, A106), Your Dorm Name
(for instance, ZiQiang Dorm 1), National Chengchi University.

NCCU’s address in Chinese:

11605 台灣台北市文山區指南路二段64號, _________(Dorm Building name, e.g.:
自強1舍), __________ (Room number, e.g.:A106號) and your name.

When you use the dorm address for unregistered postal mail and normal envelopes, they will automatically be delivered to the pigeon holes located in the common areas of each dorm.

For bulky parcels that don’t fit inside your individual pigeon hole, the package will be delivered either to the dorm’s janitor/dormitory service office, or to the NCCU main gate office.

Please keep in mind that regardless of size, a registered package will always have to be picked up at the NCCU main gate office down the mountain.

If you reside at NCCU I-House

Address in English:

Your Name
Room #, No.17, Ln. 112, Sec. 2, Xiuming Rd., Wenshan Dist.,
Taipei City 116, Taiwan (R.O.C).

Address in Chinese:

台北市文山區秀明路2段112巷17號 (房間號碼/Room Number)

If you use the office of your department/program to receive your mail:

Before sending any mail to your department’s office, be sure to ask your department’s secretary if the office is willing to handle parcels and letters for students.

Address in English:

Office Room #, Building Name, No.64, Zhi-Nan Road, Sec. 2 Taipei 11605, Taiwan

Address in Chinese:

台灣台北市文山區指南路二段64號 (大樓名稱及辦公室號碼/Office Room # and Building Name )

If you reside off-campus

Use the full address of your residency.

For unregistered mail and parcels: you can collect them in your mailbox.

For registered mail and parcels: 

If your apartment building has a security guard, he/she will usually collect the letter or parcel for you. Check back with him/her if you’ve received any mail.

If you don’t have a security guard at your apartment complex, or if you’ve missed the delivery twice, the Post Office will issue a notification that shows when and where (usually a Post Office branch nearby) you can pick up your delivery within 15 days. Be sure to bring your ID for verification purposes.

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Check out the links below for more info about shipping to or from Taiwan

Getting a Phone Plan

You probably won’t need to buy another cellphone while you’re in Taiwan. Apply for a longer number, and you’re all set!

You can purchase a prepaid card, though you’ll need to top-it up (or buy more credit) every now and then. Otherwise, you can apply for a postpaid plan and pay a monthly fee.

You can choose from a number of mobile providers. The three largest mobile providers are: Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大), and FarEasTone (遠傳電信).

Prepaid Cards

You can purchase a prepaid card at any branch, or even at the airport. You may need to bring some form of identification with you, so you might want to bring at least two kinds of ID (passport, drivers license, ARC, etc.) just to be on the safe side. You can top up your prepaid card at convenience stores or at any branch of your preferred mobile provider.

Postpaid Plans

To get a postpaid plan, you’ll need to sign a contract with a local mobile service provider. This can be done at any of their branches. Contracts usually last for 1-2 years.


  • Two forms of ID: Passport and ARC/NHI Card
  • Deposit payment

Some mobile providers require a Taiwanese national as a guarantor, so you might want to ask a local colleague to accompany you. Your guarantor must be 20 years or older, and should have two forms of ID with them.