An exchange student from the United States was robbed in Hong Kong’s New Territories after he lost his way back to his university campus in the early morning on Sunday.

The 21-year-old student named Nara, who is an exchange student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin, reported going to Lan Kwai Fong in Central to have drinks with friends on Saturday night, Oriental Daily reported.

After the gathering, Nara, who was believed to be drunk, took a taxi back to the Shatin campus.

However, the taxi driver misunderstood Nara and took him to another university, the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong which is located in Siu Lek Yuen in Shatin.

Nara paid the fare and got out of the taxi before noticing that he was in the wrong place, by which time the taxi had gone. He set out on foot to try and find transportation to the CUHK campus.

However, as he passed Ngau Pei Sha Village, he was attacked from behind. His wallet containing HK$3,000 (US$382) and US$150 cash and an iPhone worth around HK$10,000 were stolen.

After the robber fled, Nara fell asleep on the street.

At 9am on Sunday, the student woke up and asked for help from a passer-by to call the police. He had suffered injuries to his face and arms but refused to be sent to hospital, Headline Daily reported.

Police attended the scene, but were unable to identify suspects in the theft.