HKUST is a "community within a community" that encourages its members to step out and reach out to the community at large. Apart from HKUST Connect, which is a university-wide initiative dedicated to community engagement, several student groups are also actively engaged in service work:
- Student Social Service Society
(SSSS) is a student organization that aims to serve the unfortunates of the society; to arouse the social consciousness of the university community; and to promote the importance of social service.
- Rotaract Club of HKUST encourages its members to serve the community, promote goodwill, and to gain an understanding of the needs, problems and opportunities in their community and around the world
- AIESEC in HKUST aims to develop its members into global leaders, providing a platform for young people to discover and realize their potential so as to have a positive impact on society
- University YMCA – HKUST, HKUSTSU is a student-centred committee that empowers university students, equips future leaders and enhances their global vision and perspective with a willing to serve through planning, organizing and implementing various programs and projects.