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Cost of Studying in China

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to make a plan and create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average of tuition fees, living expenses, housing costs and other additional expenses so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in China, depending on the city of your choice.

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Study in China

Tuition Fees 


Compared to other countries, tuition fees in China per academic year are very reasonable, whether you study at a public or private university at a Bachelor’s level. For quality education, China’s tuition fees are remarkably low, making the country excessively affordable for those seeking a good abroad education.

  • Undergraduate Studies: 12,000CNY ~ 28,000CNY (RM7,700 ~ RM17,900) per year

  • Post-graduate Studies: 21,000CNY ~ 35,000CNY (RM13,450 ~ RM22,400) per year

The Chinese government makes a big effort to attract more and more international students to Chinese universities, by generously offering various Chinese scholarship opportunities. In addition, a lot of Chinese universities offer partially or fully funded scholarships which cover the student’s tuition fees and accommodation. For more information about university-offered scholarships, you can visit the websites of the universities you are interested in or directly contact one of Edu Experts' consultants.

Living Expenses


One main reason to pick China as your next academic destination is the affordable housing and living costs, compared to countries like the UK or USA. The cost of living in China is student friendly as you will have the opportunity to choose among numerous cities depending on your budget, university preference and lifestyle. As a result, it would be good to plan your monthly budget ahead in order to be prepared.

The most popular student cities in China include:

  • Shanghai (The largest city)

  • Beijing (The cultural center of the country)

  • Shenzhen (The Asian Silicon Valley)

  • Chengdu or Hangzhou (Smaller cities)

The cost of living in China differs depending on the region you are living in and the cost of food, monthly rent, utilities and transportation is slightly higher in the bigger cities. For example, in metropolitan big cities, your monthly costs could be around 1400 RMB ~ 1700 RMB (RM900~ RM1100)*. Take advantage of your student discount while using the great services of the Chinese public transport system which will only cost you around 145 RMB (RM95)* per month.

Save some money in advance per semester for your study materials which will cost around 365 RMB (RM235)* depending on your study major and also invest in a medical insurance program that meets your budget criteria and needs. 

*Currency rates (2023): RMB1 = RM0.64

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*The figures above are estimations. Currency rates (2023): RMB1 = RM0.64

Student Accommodation


From bustling metropolises to serene university campuses, China offers a diverse range of accommodation options tailored to suit every student's needs and preferences. Whether you're drawn to the convenience of on-campus dormitories, the independence of off-campus apartments, or the enriching experience of homestays, this guide will navigate you through the exciting realm of student housing in China, ensuring that your accommodation choice enhances your learning adventure to the fullest.

  • University Dormitories: Most universities in China provide on-campus dormitory options for students. These dorms are often convenient and affordable. They offer the chance to connect with fellow students and engage in campus life easily. Dormitory facilities can range from basic shared rooms to more modern single rooms with attached bathrooms.

  • Off-Campus Apartments: Many students, especially those in graduate programs, prefer to rent apartments off-campus. This option provides more independence and privacy. Apartments can vary in size and quality, and their costs depend on the city and location.

  • Homestays: Some programs and language schools offer homestay options, where students live with a local host family. This can be an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, practice the language, and experience daily life with a local family.

  • Private Student Residences: These are becoming more popular in larger cities. Private student residences are designed specifically for students and often come with various amenities such as study rooms, communal spaces, and organized activities.

  • Shared Apartments/Housing: Many students opt to share apartments or houses with roommates to split costs. This is a good way to make friends and save money.

  • Serviced Apartments: In major cities, you can find serviced apartments that offer more amenities and services, such as cleaning, laundry, and fitness facilities.

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