Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in China

Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in China

Posted at: 22 Dec 2020

It is common for Cambodian students and parents to think that pursuing overseas education will cost a lot more compared to continuing the study locally. In reality, it might not necessarily be the case as it depends largely based on majors or education providers being compared. Studying in China might be more affordable than most people think. It is always a good idea to consult with the education agent to find out detailed information. 

If you are preparing or still deciding whether to pursue your degree in China, it is surely helpful to have a general idea of the financial cost for international students studying there. 

Tuition Fee

The cost of the tuition fee in China varies based on institution, the level of study, and the type of major a student is pursuing. Generally speaking, you can expect the tuition fee to start from 2,500$ per year for undergraduate degrees and 5,000$ per year for a postgraduate degree. Usually, you would expect the medicine, engineering, and business major to cost higher than the social science program. There is also an application fee for Chinese universities which ranges between 50$ to 150$. The student will also need to spend around 30$ to 50$ for course books and study materials. Nevertheless, there are many scholarships or grants available for international students. 

Living Expense

Besides tuition fees, students must take into consideration the living expense including accommodation, food, transportation, and other day-to-day expense. Varying based on the location and the personal lifestyle, the cost of living are usually expected to be higher in bigger cities. Generally speaking, students will needs 1,000$ to 1,200$ per month to cover the living expense in the most expensive cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. While in order cities, students can usually manage with 600$ to 1,000$ per month. 

Accommodation costs 

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of housing a student chooses. Universities in China usually have student residence halls for both national and international students with costs ranging between 150$ and 400$ per month. Students can also choose to rent a flat outside the campus with costs ranging between 300$ and 1,000$ per month for a one-bedroom apartment or to live in a homestay with a Chinese family with costs ranging between 350$ and 550$ per month. Having a roommate to share the cost of accommodation is the most affordable and the most common option among international students. 

Food, Telecommunication, Utilities, Transportation

The price of foods in China varies from location and cuisine. For Cambodian students who are studying in China, foods at the school cafeteria or canteen are relatively inexpensive ranging from $1 to $4 dollars per meal. The tastes are usually acceptable. The estimation of the utility costs including electricity and water is around $30 to $88 per month. In some cases, the utilities expense are included in the accommodation costs of the on-campus residence. Depending on the student’s personal usage, the phone bill can be around $20 per month. For transportation, in some places, it is recommended to purchase a monthly pass for public transportation that usually costs around $20 dollars. 

Other Essential Cost

  • Visa: Depending on the length of the study, students need to apply for an X visa (X1 or X2). 
  • Health insurance: It is a good idea to have health insurance during studying abroad and also a requirement from the Ministry of Education in China. 
  • Medical checkup: For students who plan to study in China for more than six months are required to do a medical checkup prior to departure. 
  • Air Ticket

This essential package such as visa, health insurance, air ticket and more will no longer be a concern for the student who chooses the service with WEduAbroad offering full package service for student’s convenience.

What Should You Get from the Article?

Cambodian parents and students can get a general idea about the expected and estimation of the financial costs for students to pursue an education in China. The article includes the breakdown of the costs from tuition fee to accommodation, food, utilities, and other essential costs that are required to pay. Depending on the lifestyle, location, and the majors the students are pursuing, the costs will vary. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult with an education agent. 

Cambodian students and parents who have further inquiry can always contact us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations about studying in China at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at: to take a quick look at what we have been doing so far. We are always ready to help, and we wish you and your children all the best. 

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