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Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in China

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in China.

The cost of accommodation in China varies depending on where you decide to study – whether you are in the centre of a city, for example.

There are two main types of accommodation for students:

• University accommodation – on campus dorms
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals

It is most common for international students to live in residential halls or dorms, surrounded by other students of their own age, many of whom may also be from overseas. You may request a roommate, or live in a single room if you wish.

If you want to live off campus whilst studying in China you will often need permission from your university.

Living costs/rent: Accommodation costs are higher in bigger cities like Beijing. As a guide, costs tend to vary between £90 and £200 a month, but you should expect living costs to be much lower than those in western countries.

Here’s a rough guide to average rent per month, throughout the country:

1 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 4,400 ¥ ($680)
1 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 2,450 ¥ ($380)
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 9,915 ¥ ($1,530)
3 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 4,461 ¥ ($687)

(Rates are intended as a guide only).