Study in China: Tuition and Living Costs

A large number of international students may only see China as home of Technology. Yes it’s very true that china is one of the leading technological countries in the world. However, the country still pride herself with sound and quality education.

Now you know the education system in China is good. It’s expedient you know also that tuition fees in China is very affordable as compared to some other countries like US, Australia, Canada etc.

Choosing a right school involves considering the Financial support. It is an important factor in the decision to study abroad and the Chinese government is offering a wide range of funding opportunities to attract international students. Have it at the back of your mind that tuition is also dependent on the local average cost of living. Besides, the tuition fee also relates to the curriculum, which means the more classes you take, the more tuition you will pay.

Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China

Tuition fees in Chinese universities

Tuition fees in public universities

The average tuition fees in public universities range between 3,300 and 10,000 USD/year.

  • Fees for an English-taught degree are between 2,200 and 4,500 USD/year
  • Programmes in medicine, engineering and business: between 24,000 and 50,000 USD/year

UK universities with a local campus in China:

  • 12,000 USD/year for a Bachelor’s degree
  • 13,500 USD/year for a Master’s degree.
Tuition fees in private universities

Apart from several private Chinese universities, you can also apply to many American and British universities with a local campus in a Chinese city. Tuition fees in these universities start from around 8,000 USD/year and can lead to around 15,000 USD/year.

list of Chinese universities with the most affordable tuition fees 
  1. Samara National Research University – average tuition fees 1,800 USD/year
  2. Nanjing University of Technology – average tuition fees 4,000 USD/year
  3. Beijing Jiaotong University – average tuition fees 5,000 USD/year
  4. University of Science & Technology of China – average tuition fees 4,350 USD/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
  1. Peking University – average tuition fees 17,000 USD/year
  2. Tsinghua University – average tuition fees 7,500 USD/year
  3. Fudan University – average tuition fees between 8,000 and 11,000 USD/year
  4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University – average tuition fees between 5,000 and 12,000 USD/year

2. Living costs in China

The living costs depend entirely on the lifestyle and choice of location. Some cities attracts higher living expenses. For example;

  • Beijing is the most expensive city and you will need between 700 and 850 USD/month to cover your expenses.
  • Shanghai and Shenzhen are the second most expensive cities, as you would spend between 660 and 745 USD/month.
Student Accommodation 

Apparently, Shanghai and Beijing are known as some of the most expensive cities in China. One can get lower rates in places like Tianjin, Jiangsu or Sichuan.

The most common housing options in China are:

  1. Student residence halls – prices range between 150 and 400 USD/month.
  2. Renting a flat – the average rate is between 250 and 1,000 USD/month for a one-bedroom apartment (depending on the city, the location of the apartment and the included facilities).
  3. Home stay – between 350 and 550 USD/month.
  4. Hostel – usually chosen by international students as a temporary option; rates start at18 USD/night for a private room.

Important notes:

These figures are subjected to change

  • All accommodation (mainly student residences and apartments) require a security deposit: 300 to 460 USD.
  • Utility bills: around 50USD/month on water, gas, and electricity.



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