Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) program makes medical care accessible and affordable for everyone — even international students! If you’re a foreign student staying for 6 months or longer, you will be required to join the NHI program after 6 months of continuous residence in Taiwan. The NHI fee is included in your tuition fee every semester and costs 4,494 NTD. If you’re a freshman, you can buy NCCU group insurance instead. It costs 3,000 NTD.
Songshan airport is conveniently located within Taipei City, so it’s pretty easy to get to NCCU from here. You can take a cab or the MRT.
- A one-way trip to NCCU costs around NTD 300.
- If the cab driver doesn’t understand English, you can show him or her a note saying: “Sir/Madam, please take me to National Chengchi University. Thank you!” written in Chinese as shown below:
sījī xīansheng/xiǎojiě, qǐng nín dài wǒ dào zhèngzhì dàxué, xièxie.
校址：11605 台北市文山區指南路二段 64 號 (School Address in Chinese)
總機電話：02-29393091 (School Telephone Number)
- Once you get to NCCU, you can also ask the NCCU security guard for directions to your dorm. Here’s how you say “My dorm number is_____, can you please tell me where my dorm is located?”.
wǒ de sùshè shì _____hào, kěyǐ qǐng nǐ gàosu wǒ zài nǎli ma
- From MRT Songshan Airport station, get off at MRT Taipei Zoo station (last stop on the Wenhu/Brown Line).
- Take Exit 1, and take the bus to NCCU. You can take any of these buses: 236 / 237 / 611 / 282 / 295 / BR3 / BR6 / BR18 / 1503
Arriving at Taoyuan Airport? See this post about how to get to NCCU from Taoyuan Airport.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, or Taoyuan Airport, is located about 40 km west of Taipei. You can get to NCCU by taxi, bus or airport MRT. You might want to read this post, if you’re traveling from Songshan Airport to NCCU.
There are several study lounges around campus. We’ve put together a list of some of them, along with a short blurb about each lounge.
- 4th and 6th Floor of the Commerce Building: This is a spacious study lounge equipped with computers as well as several comfortable sofas and tables. Students of the College of Commerce have access to the lockers upon request (limited to one locker per student).
- Upper campus Study Lounge: This study lounge is located in the same building as the dining area on upper campus, right by Residential Community Tsu Chiang 9 Dormitory B1. The lounge consists of a warmly lit wooden floor area with sofas, low tables and cushions. It also has a bar where students can make their own tea or coffee for only 8 NTD.
NCCU has a number of libraries, each with different specialties. Each library has study rooms for groups, lounges for studying, and other services. Familiarizing yourself with the resources available here will make studying more efficient and enjoyable.
There are 4 libraries around campus, namely:
NCCU also has one off campus library:
The IIR Library is located at: No. 64, Wanshou Road, Wenshan District. To get there, from the NCCU Main Gate, head towards Jasons Market Place and keep walking up the hill until you see a blue sign and a path going downhill. Go down that path and you should be able to find the IIR Library.
You can borrow books from all the libraries. If you are a full-time student, then your NCCU student ID serves as your library card. If you’d like to borrow books and other materials, but are not a full-time student, you can visit the desk on the first floor of the main library and request a card. To do this, you will need to fill out a form, and most likely need a deposit. You can get the deposit back when you close your account as long as there are no outstanding fines or charges.
The main library offers a large selection of movies on the first floor, including the latest popular releases. Using your library card, you can borrow any of the movies in the lobby area next to the computer labs, but only to watch in the library at the designated computers. You will find many local students with headphones on enjoying a film, sometimes in pairs.
There are also a number of movies available to watch at home. Go to the small room at the back left corner of the computer lounge area (where everyone is watching their in-library films) and you can check out up to two discs at a time.
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.
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.
Joining a club is a great way to explore your interests and make new friends. Degree students, exchange students and CLC students are more than welcome to join!
The NCCU Club Fair
You can learn more about the clubs you’re interested in at the NCCU Club Fair, which is held on campus at the start of every semester on the third or fourth week of class.
To find more information about clubs at NCCU, you can use the list below. We’ve created a list of club categories to make it easier for you to find a club based on your interests.
Clubs by Category