How much cash should I bring?
When you first arrive it is important to bring enough money to pay for your initial ‘settling in’ costs. These include paying for accommodation, visa, health check, sim cards etc. You can use your debit and credit cards to withdraw Chinese currency from ATMs in China. Family and sponsors can send you money through bank transfer - the INTO office can help with this.
You'll need approximately RMB 2,000-4,000 per month to meet your basic living expenses. This will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
Around the campus, there are plenty of budget restaurants and cafés. It’s possible to eat well while only spending RMB 700 per month on food. You may want to treat yourself to other cuisines or a more upscale restaurant, every once in a while.
Chinese Language Summer Programme students:
The programme includes the cost of all meals, activities, tuition and accommodation. You’ll only need cash for souvenirs, snacks and spending in your free time at weekends and evenings. RMB 2000 should be enough to cover basic costs for your time in China. Allow for extra spending money if you plan on shopping trips or nights out.